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Opportunities for recreation span the entire Gila Valley region, offering ample activities for all ages, skill levels and interests. From hiking, camping, ATV riding, rock hounding and swimming to fishing, boating, bird watching and golfing, Graham County and its surrounding area is a significant destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area
Accessible just 45 miles southwest of Safford, the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area is perfect for the outdoor lover. The canyon is comprised of rugged terrain that challenges hikers of all levels. Aravaipa Creek is stocked with a number of native fish species, predominantly minnow and sucker fish. Wildlife is abundant here, with many visiting for the outstanding bird watching opportunities. The area has seen more than 200 different bird species. Camping is permitted throughout the wilderness area.

Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area
Composed of 2,000 acres of rolling sand dunes, the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area is a haven for off-highway-vehicle (OHV) lovers. The area is designated “open” to vehicles including sand rails, ATVs, motorbikes and four-wheel-drive trucks. In addition, the area is also equipped with natural hot spring tubs, perfect for those seeking some rest and relaxation.

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area
Stretching 23,000 acres between Safford and Clifton and managed by the BLM, the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area is the site of 23 miles of the Gila River and 14 miles of Bonita Creek—plus small portions of the San Francisco River and Eagle Creek. Two campgrounds, a number of picnic areas and a wildlife viewing area, as well as sites for rafting, hiking, bird watching and more, can be found here.

Graham County Regional Park
A popular spot for both active and passive recreation, Graham County Regional Park is not just the site of the Graham County Fair. It houses soccer fields, softball and baseball diamonds, basketball courts, picnic areas, walking and jogging paths, fishing holes and a number of facilities ideal for a variety of gatherings, plus RV hook-ups.

Mt. Graham Golf Course

Mt. Graham Golf Course
With Mt. Graham overhead, golfers enjoy a day on the greens at Mt. Graham Golf Course in Safford. Open year-round, the traditional 18-hole course spans 6,354 yards at the longest tee for a par 72. Patrons can also access a driving range, short game practice areas, a pro shop, restaurant and lounge.

Roper Lake State Park
Located just outside of Safford, Roper Lake State Park is made up of two developed areas—the main Roper Lake area, featuring 240 acres of land and 30 acres of water; and the Dankworth Unit, comprised of 150 acres of land and 15 acres of water. The area offers plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, swimming and boating. The park is also equipped with natural hot springs.

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