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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

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If you want to see the Sonoran Desert and Saguaro cactus, this is the place.

The "best" road to enter is King Road off US-95, about 30 miles south of Quartzite. All the roads... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
Ottawa, Canada
Quiet and picturesque

I spent a week + camped here in my RV. Saw more wildlife here than anyplace else in the area. It... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2018
Mary F
Wasilla, Alaska
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

The "best" road to enter is King Road off US-95, about 30 miles south of Quartzite. All the roads are unpaved and rough. and I would really recommend a pickup truck or larger SUV. With my rental car, I was able to drive in perhaps...More

3  Thank PeterFJ
Reviewed 14 March 2018

I spent a week + camped here in my RV. Saw more wildlife here than anyplace else in the area. It was so quiet and restful. Very well maintained. But, beware-the 6 miles road in to the camping area is extremely rough.

2  Thank Mary F
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

On the way back to Phoenix from Joshua Tree National Park, we noticed this small national wildlife refuge about 20 miles south of the interstate, just across the border into Arizona. It got some good reviews, so we thought we would check it out. Arriving,...More

1  Thank d-rad-ncp
Reviewed 27 May 2017

I love it here. Sun, hot and peaceful. Not much people around but watch out for snakes and scorpions...and more. You need a good car which will handle rough roads and trails. Don't forget to have with you plenty of water.

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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Very nice ride through the KOFA Refuge to Big Eye Mine. Along the way you see Thumb Butte with the Big Eye in the rock on its north side. Nice picnic spot at the end of the trail and then an easy walk up to...More

5  Thank Paula T
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We traveled through the refuge with two jeeps. Beautiful scenery, no trash, no excessive ohv resource damage. We traveled miles and miles without seeing a soul. Regarding the map, one plus is the signs at each road intersection correspond to the map. The downside of...More

2  Thank John M
Reviewed 31 March 2016

This is a narrow canyon that you have to hike and climb to get up to the palm trees. From the parking lot, a primitive trail leads into the main canyon. Stop at the 'PALMS' sign and follow the arrow to see the palm trees....More

5  Thank Robert B
Reviewed 28 January 2016

We spent three days camping and hiking on the east side of the Kofa south of Vicksburg, Arizona. We had pleasant weather for our winter campout and were lucky there was no rain. We were treated to some spectacular sunsets and unique landscapes. Definitely plan...More

3  Thank Diane D
Reviewed 5 January 2016

If you are not a serious hiker/walker but love nature, or are in the region and looking for a reasonably easy but rewarding nature experience for a couple of hours, you can't do much better than Palm Canyon in the Kofa. After a half an...More

6  Thank HMSLondon101
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Sonoran desert wilderness.I always thought that the Sonoran desert was only around Tucson, but its out here as well. Landscape full of saguaro cactus, cholla, ocotillo, paulo verdi, etc. Spotted a roadrunner. We drove to Palm Canyon trail, which we walked. The walk was nice,...More

2  Thank Andy P
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