Kofa Mountains Scenic Drive: Yuma to Quartzsite

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Yuma, Arizona

Kofa Mountains Scenic Drive: Yuma to Quartzsite is a 7.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Yuma, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 164 feet Route Type: Loop

scenic driving



Fri Jan 26 2018

Long desert road - make sure to have plenty of gas before getting on. Watch out for desert donkeys at night. Passes through US Army YPG range. Overall a beautiful, long drive through the heart of the Kofa Desert. Some good hiking spots here - both can be accesed by taking U.S. Highway 95 approximately 63 miles north of Yuma or 18 miles south of Quartzsite, watch for the Palm Canyon/Queen Kofa sign, which indicates the junction with a dirt road. 1) Queen Kofa Canyon (take route to Palm Canyon) - once on road to Palm Canyon, road will split into two sections with signs. Make a left you will hit Queen Kofa, make a right (or go straight) and you will hit Palm Canyon. Both can be done on the same day. Queen Kofa is moderate, however there are steep rocks along the canyon that you can climb for the extra challenge. Overall one of my favorites, you are surrounded by towering canyon walls and the path takes you through the center valley of the canyon. Can park just in front of the entrance. 2) Palm Canyon - another great hike - very short and easy but background and canyon is very beautiful - 30 -45 min max. Only native palms in AZ are located here. Recommend getting to Palm Canyon early in the morning and then doing Queen Kofa in afternoon.

bird watching
Thu Dec 22 2016

A drive in the city/desert. Highway 195 is better

scenic driving
Fri Nov 18 2016

Interesting road.....#280

scenic driving
Fri May 29 2015

Can you say US Hwy 95? This is a scenic drive along a two lane US highway. There are numerous detours available depending upon your desires.

8 months ago

road biking
9 months ago

Sat Mar 30 2019