Kofa Queen Canyon

One of two places where you can see naturally growing palm trees in Arizona.

Total Miles
17.7

Elevation

829.1 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Fall/Winter/Spring

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Trail Overview

Located inside KOFA National Wildlife Refuge, Kofa Queen Canyon is a scenic drive that will take you around some amazing towering buttes. You'll find some fun side roads to explore as well. Camping is allowed, unlicensed vehicles are not. Obey rules on the refuge, including the 25 MPH speed limit.

Difficulty

Easy: The road to Palm Canyon is wide and hard packed. The trip to Kofa Queen Canyon follows a wash that has soft sand mixed with rock. Terrain can change after rain storms. High clearance SUVs recommended.

History

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939. The area encompasses 664,300 acres of pristine desert and low, rugged mountains. It is home to bighorn sheep, white winged dove, desert kit fox and the desert tortoise. Several mines were started in the area in the early part of 1900s. The most famous mine was the 'King of Arizona Mine.' It gave the Kofa Mountains their name - 'Kofa' is short for 'King of Arizona.'

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

From Yuma, head north on Highway 95. Turn east on Palm Canyon Road between mile markers 85 and 86.