Kofa Queen Canyon Trail

Quartzsite, Arizona

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This spur trail is one of the few within the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge that travels up one of the high-walled red canyons that penetrate into the rugged Kofa Range. The trail leads off from Central #1: Palm Canyon Road, where it enters the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. For the first 4 miles, the trail is smooth and easygoing as it ascends the bajada, the gently sloping fan on the west side of the range. For campers, the large campsite over the rise to the right at the 4.3-mile mark is easily the best—large, flat, and gravelly, with a measure of privacy from the main trail and great sunset views to the west. Special Attractions: King Valley; Access to a network of trails within the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge; Historic Kofa Mining District. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

Kofa Queen Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This spur trail is one of the few within the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge that travels up one of the high-walled red canyons that penetrate into the rugged Kofa Range. The trail leads off from Central #1: Palm Canyon Road, where it enters the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. For the first 4 miles, the trail is smooth and easygoing as it ascends the bajada, the gently sloping fan on the west side of the range. For campers, the large campsite over the rise to the right at the 4.3-mile mark is easily the best—large, flat, and gravelly, with a measure of privacy from the main trail and great sunset views to the west.

Special Attractions: King Valley; Access to a network of trails within the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge; Historic Kofa Mining District. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Quartzsite
Distance: 8.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round, best November to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 3,200 feet
Local Contacts: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Stone Cabin, Livingston Hills NW, Livingston Hills, Palm Canyon, Trigo Mts.; BLM Trigo Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to Kofa Queen Canyon Trail

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1/17/2009
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An amazing adventure! We went to the end of this breath taking trail.. (4wheeldrive is a must)Keep your eyes open to "SkullRock" on the left. It was unforgetable!



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