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Dankworth Pond State Park, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,208 feet
Elevation Gain 44 feet
Accumulated Gain 100 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.5
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Author PrestonSands
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Routes 148
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Trips 1,493 map ( 7,566 miles )
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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by PrestonSands

Dankworth Pond State Park, a part of the Arizona State Park system, was built around a riparian area at the base of the Pinaleno Mountains in eastern Arizona. The park's main attraction is Dankworth Pond, which is fed by water from an artesian hot spring.

There is a 2-mile loop trail that winds through the park, known as the Dos Arroyos Trail. Along its course are Dankworth Pond and a small, recently constructed village of prehistoric Native American dwellings. These dwellings are typical of Safford area sites and showcase both Apache and Mogollon construction styles.

From the entrance to Dankworth Park, a path wanders past picnic tables toward Dankworth Pond. Water from the artesian hot spring trickles down a shallow trough at the park's entrance into the 15-acre pond. Unfortunately, there are not any hot pools large enough to soak in.

Cottonwood trees and a thick ring of cattails almost disguise Dankworth Pond's artificial origin. The pond was constructed by Arnold Dankworth over fifty years ago as a catfish hatchery. Later on, he sold it to the Arizona State Park system. The pond is stocked with catfish, bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, and crappie during the winter. It seems to be popular with birds and local anglers alike.

The path along the pond's edge soon arrives at a sign for the Dos Arroyos Trail. Hang a left and follow it down into the dry wash of Jacobson Creek, where interpretive signs begin to describe the area. A short distance later, a sign for Dankworth Village will mark the location of a side trail to the top of a small mesa, where the dwelling exhibit is located. The village is a short, half-mile round trip hike.

The loop trail passes through a grove of cottonwoods and salt cedars watered by overflow from Dankworth Pond. The trail crosses a couple of wooden bridges here before arriving back at the pond itself.

If you fish, bring a pole and a fishing license. Take in the views of the Pinaleno mountain range that rises 8000 feet above you. Relax, and enjoy!

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2008-01-30 PrestonSands
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From the highway 70/highway 191 junction in Safford, drive south on Highway 191 for 8.1 miles to the signed turnoff for "Dankworth Pond State Park". Turn left (east), and follow the Dankworth Pond road for 0.2 miles to its end at Dankworth Pond State Park.

    There is a $5.00 entrance fee to the park, which also admits you to nearby Roper Lake State Park. Both parks are open from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M.
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