KOFA National Wildlife Refuge

We have been in Quartzsite for a few days on our trip west and wanted to visit a place where we have never been, and after some consideration chose KOFA NWR, which is a very large wildlife refuge close to Quartzsite. They are noted for Bighorn Sheep and old silver mines. Most of the refuge only contains rough jeep roads but we found one that was scenic and on a good dirt road, the Palm Canyon hike.

After a seven mile drive on a washboard dirt road, (the ride seemed better when we drove faster), we arrived at the trailhead parking lot. Nobody else was there and the weather was perfect. It was a short half mile hike up the canyon to view the largest native fan palm grove in Arizona. By comparison there are seven groves in Joshua Tree NP alone.

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge 002 Kofa National Wildlife Refuge 005 Kofa National Wildlife Refuge 014The picture above shows the Palm tree grove but unfortunately the trees were in shadow and so were hard to see. We did not want to wait for the sunlight to shine on them and turned back.

Spring in the desert is one season that we have not experienced much, so it was delightful to see many desert plants in full bloom. The Sonoran desert is really a beautiful place.

Ocotillo with red blooms

Ocotillo with red blooms

Cholla cactus

Cholla cactus

Cholla cactus bloom

Cholla cactus bloom

Next stop……………Blythe, California………………


About Rich Adventures with Rich and Tammy

My wife Tammy and I left the rat race to pursue our dreams of Camp Hosting fulltime in our RV at beautiful destinations across this country.
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