Castle Dome Mountains

Total Miles
24.2

Elevation

598.05 ft

Duration

5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Easy

Best Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Trail Overview

This trail travels through Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, where all vehicles must be registered. Common signtings include golden eagle, fox, bobcat, coyote, mule deer and bighorn sheep. Its a long, hot trail, so be sure to bring water. Castle Dome Mines Museum is located just after McPhereson pass. The area has a very interesting mining history, so this stop is fun. You'll also get a chance to hike up a half-mile or so to some cabins at Big Eye Mine.

Photos of Castle Dome Mountains

Castle Dome Mountains
Castle Dome Mountains
Castle Dome Mountains

Difficulty

Easy: Mostly single-lane washboard road with a few bumpier spots. McPherson Pass is rougher and requires good articulation and high ground clearance. Suitable for aggressive stock SUVs with 4-wheel drive.

History

The bighorn sheep located in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge represent the largest population in the U.S. The sheep have been important in the reestablishment and maintenance of bighorn populations across Arizona and throughout the southwestern United States. As part of an effort to restore bighorn sheep to the San Andres Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, 30 sheep were captured and transported from KOFA in 2005.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

John Roe
May 19, 2024
2021 Ford F-Series
Open
Normal
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
Really pretty trail! The only spot that gave any trouble was a ledge right in McPherson pass. Very green, lots of life! Video- https://youtu.be/71q0C4nQJwQ?si=pxOcULo_jx43G_AR
Michael Dorrett
Dec 16, 2023
2021 Jeep Gladiator
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Great trail McPhersons pass was amazing views and the “hardest” section with a good drop other than that easy and beautiful

Access Description

Head north from Yuma on Highway 95. Turn east on King Road between mile markers 76 and 77. From Quartzsite, King Road is about 29 miles south.

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