Palm Canyon

Quartzsite, Arizona

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This short, scenic trip introduces you to the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge—665,400 acres of pristine desert and low, rugged mountains. The refuge is home to bighorn sheep, desert tortoise and other interesting wildlife. This trip ends at a small parking area with a few designated campsites. A short (1/2-mile), rocky hiking trail climbs steeply to a spot where you can see small native palm trees growing out of steep canyon walls. This is one of only two or three places in Arizona where palm trees grow naturally. All other palm trees in Arizona are transplanted. A graded gravel road suitable for all but the lowest-slung passenger cars. Rough washboard surface with a few small ruts. A four-wheel-drive side trip to Queen Canyon branches off from this road. A kiosk at the entry to the refuge has brochures with regulations and a map showing all the designated four-wheel-drive roads in the area. You must stay on numbered routes only.

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"This short, scenic trip introduces you to the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge—665,400 acres of pristine desert and low, rugged mountains. The refuge is home to bighorn sheep, desert tortoise and other interesting wildlife. This trip ends at a small parking area with a few designated campsites. A short (1/2-mile), rocky hiking trail climbs steeply to a spot where you can see small native palm trees growing out of steep canyon walls.

This is one of only two or three places in Arizona where palm trees grow naturally. All other palm trees in Arizona are transplanted. A graded gravel road suitable for all but the lowest-slung passenger cars. Rough washboard surface with a few small ruts. A four-wheel-drive side trip to Queen Canyon branches off from this road. A kiosk at the entry to the refuge has brochures with regulations and a map showing all the designated four-wheel-drive roads in the area. You must stay on numbered routes only."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Quartzsite
Distance: 14.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour or more
Local Contacts: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Trigo Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to Palm Canyon

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May 2018