King Valley Road

Quartzsite, Arizona

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The primary reason for including this trail is that it gives access to a number of other scenic 4WD trails within the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. It also gives limited access to the historic Kofa Mining District and the mine that ultimately gave its name to the whole region. Passenger vehicles can use this route as a starting point for hiking, hunting, and wildlifewatching within the refuge. The road from US 95 to the King of Arizona Mine area is maintained by Yuma County. The wide, graded gravel road travels across the broad King Valley with the Kofa Mountains to the north and the Castle Dome Mountains (with Castle Dome Peak) to the south. Special Attractions: Castle Dome Mines Museum; Wildlife viewing within Kofa National Wildlife Refuge; Interesting trail through rugged Sonoran desert scenery; Hull Mine; McPherson Pass. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).

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"The primary reason for including this trail is that it gives access to a number of other scenic 4WD trails within the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. It also gives limited access to the historic Kofa Mining District and the mine that ultimately gave its name to the whole region. Passenger vehicles can use this route as a starting point for hiking, hunting, and wildlifewatching within the refuge.

The road from US 95 to the King of Arizona Mine area is maintained by Yuma County. The wide, graded gravel road travels across the broad King Valley with the Kofa Mountains to the north and the Castle Dome Mountains (with Castle Dome Peak) to the south. Special Attractions: Castle Dome Mines Museum; Wildlife viewing within Kofa National Wildlife Refuge; Interesting trail through rugged Sonoran desert scenery; Hull Mine; McPherson Pass. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Quartzsite
Distance: 22.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best November to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,100 feet
Local Contacts: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Stone Cabin, Arch Tank, Kofa Deep Well, Charlie Died Tank, Kofa Butte, Trigo Mts., Little Horn Mts.; BLM Trigo Mountains, Little Horn Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to King Valley Road

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May 2018