In the early part of the 1900s the King of Arizona (KOFA) Mine scoured this land for precious mineral deposits. Today, in a twist of fate, the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge)protects the region's precious plant and animal life, including: one of the Arizona's largest desert bighorn sheep populations, a species nearly extirpated prior to the Refuge's establishment in 1939; less than 100 California fan palms, remnants of wetter days; and the rare Kofa Mountain barberry, found only in southwest Arizona. Approximately 82% of the Refuge has been designated as Wilderness, making this Arizona's second largest. In the north lie the Kofa Mountains, to the south the Castle Dome Mountains. Both are magnificently jagged peaks looming thousands of feet above the pristine desert floor of King Valley, which separates them.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail to hike. At the end of the trail look up in the ridge of the mountain side and you will see the last of the palm trees native to Arizona. Dog friendly. Trail is usually empty. Bring water.

on Palm Canyon Trail

off road driving
1 year ago

Easy off-road drive on a well maintained dirt road. Nice hike up in the canyon.

off road driving
1 year ago

Nice scenic off road drive. Can be negotiated by standard 4X4 vehicle without much difficulty. There are a couple spots where you should be extra careful due to deep sand, large rocks or overhanging brush.

hiking
2 years ago

off road driving
2 years ago

Nice drive, smooth dirt road with good parking lot. Good hike but not an easy one.

Rocky. Some parts hard to find. Bouldering!

hiking
4 years ago

The hike gets interesting AFTER the Palms sign. Quite a bit of bouldering and an pretty good view!