Experience the ecological equivalent of driving from Mexico to Canada in one leisurely afternoon on this skyscraping, switchbacking mountain road. The main road offers spectacular views of adjacent valleys as it climbs from 2,900 feet to over 9,000 feet.
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Roper Lake State Park
|Description: Roper Lake, at 3,130 feet elevation, is formed by warm water springs and surrounded by mesquite, salt cedar, and paloverde trees. The lake is a major stopover and nesting spot for many migrating birds. At the Dankworth Pond site, follow a self-guided trail. Enjoy an outstanding view of nearby Mount Graham.
Wildlife to Watch: A wide variety of wetland birds including common merganser, Mexican duck (mallard), egrets, great blue heron, least bittern, and American coot can be seen, along with yellow-headed, Brewer’s and red-winged blackbirds, belted kingfisher, Virginia rail, sora, and Gambel’s quail. The adjacent trees attract vermilion flycatcher, black phoebe, Bell’s vireo, Lucy’s warbler, blue grosbeak, hooded and Bullock’s orioles, and pyrrhuloxia. The checkered gartersnake is one of the most commonly seen of the many reptile species inhabiting the park.
Special Tips: There are five miles of trails throughout the park.
Ownership: Arizona State Parks
Closest Town: Safford
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