KOFA Queen Canyon Trail

Total Miles
8.9

Elevation

955.07 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

If you are into amazing Arizona geology, this is the trail for you! This rocky, 2-track out-and-back trail will lead you deep into the KOFA Wilderness. Along the way, you'll see natural arches, interesting rock formations, and the dead quiet of the canyon. This is a well-established, marked, and used trail. Dispersed camping sites are dotted along the length of the trail right up to the entrance to the canyon itself. While you can camp in the canyon itself, sites are limited and caution should be used, as the canyon portion of the trail follows a rather narrow wash. If you are lucky, you may even see a desert bighorn sheep up on the cliffs at sunrise or sunset. And, if you are up to it, you can access the Signal Peak trailhead located about 6 miles into the trail. Signal Peak overlooks Palm Canyon, so if you did the Palm Canyon trail first, you will understand where Signal Peak Summit is located. The hiking trail is no joke, so please do not attempt it unless you are familiar with summiting in the Arizona mountains.

Photos of KOFA Queen Canyon Trail

KOFA Queen Canyon Trail
KOFA Queen Canyon Trail
KOFA Queen Canyon Trail

Difficulty

This 2-track trail is mostly flat with gentle grades rising steadily as you get deeper into the canyon. There are a few steep, narrow, washes to cross while in the open desert as is typical for this area. Once in the canyon, you are in a wash with some boulders that you can choose to climb or bypass. Of course, rains will change the character of the wash during summer and winter monsoons.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Torsten Fiebig
Apr 12, 2024
2022 Toyota Highlander
Open
Normal
Trail starts very easy but gets gradually more challenging as it climbs into the foothills. Very rocky. The last part of the trail is moderately difficult with sharp rocks and deep holes.
John Fulham
Apr 04, 2024
Dirt Bike
Open
Normal
Difficulty is for an enduro bike. I got up past skull rock and turned back. 40% of the trail was deep gravel with tons of large rocks to avoid. Bit it hard 2x over the bars. Beautiful out here but not for a hike unless you are a lot more skilled than me

Access Description

Follow the signs for Palm Canyon Road off of US 95 about 20 miles south of I-10. The trail begins at the boundary of the KOFA Wildlife Refuge and there is a sign with trail mileage listed.

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