Beat the summer heat and splash around at this beachy oasis. Roper Lake State Park in Arizona has a basin that boasts cool, tranquil waters and a sandy beach so you can stretch out and soak up some sun after playing in the waves. You can go for the day or spend a few nights in a cabin or tent. 

Located in Safford, Arizona, Roper Lake State Park has gorgeous mountain and water views. With Mount Graham nearby, you can take a scenic hike and visit the park to swim and unwind after.

Entrance fees are $10 per vehicle, which makes it a super cheap day trip with your boo. 

To make the most of your lakeside stay, you can stay in one of the shoreside cabin rentals. Most of them are pet-friendly and can sleep up to four people.

At $65-$70 per night, this is an excellent and inexpensive way to have a beachy getaway.

Imagine waking up and sipping coffee on a porch swing overlooking the lake and mountains. 

Once you arrive, there are a few trails that you can explore, or you can bring a kayak or paddleboard to the lake and spend the day on the water. 

What better way to spend a weekend than on a lake?

The temperature of the water varies so it's best to check before you take a plunge! 

Make sure to pack some sunscreen and a picnic if you want to make it a full day of adventure and sun. Or take some tubes and really make the most of your vacation on the water! 

Suit up and get ready for an awesome day trip. 

Roper Lake State Park

Price: $10

Address: 101 E. Roper Lake Rd., Safford, AZ 

Why You Need To Go: You can spend a day at the beach at this lesser-known state park in Arizona!


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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