Alamo Lake Road
The desert setting and low elevation (1,230 feet) result in uncomfortably hot conditions in summer. The best time to visit Alamo Lake State Park is during spring because of the profusion of wildflowers and cactus blooms beside the lake and in the desert around the 33 mile approach road, which starts at the little, rather forlorn town of Wenden
on US 60. The route heads due north, climbing gradually into the Harcuvar Mountain
range, and soon enters a very fine region of unspoilt Sonoran Desert habitat. The hills have a few mines and side tracks, but once past them and into the wide Butler Valley beyond, the land is completely undeveloped with many flowers and cacti including numerous healthy saguaro; the long straight road running through and distant rocky mountains make for a perfect Arizona scene. Some of the plants occur in patches, depending on the elevation, most noticeably purple owls clover, yellow brittlebush and orange California poppies.
The State Park
At the far side of the valley, the road curves around the edge of the Buckskin Mountains and gradually descends towards the lake. There are many options for free camping on the hillsides around the last few miles before the state park boundary, but once inside this is only permitted at the designated site, for appropriate payment. The main route leads to the dam and an overlook just before; the dam is not so spectacular, just a wide stone embankment, but the lake looks nice, winding eastwards between distant shores and even more remote hills in the distance. The very end of the road is private but open to foot travel, and from here begins the hike down the Bill Williams River Canyon
. Two other side roads end at the lakeshore - these pass boat launch sites, the campsite (which is not near the water), picnic areas, general store and ranger station.