Palm Canyon

Quartzsite, Arizona

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A hike to a desert oasis. The trail follows the desert wash at the end of the road that eventually takes you into a deep, narrow canyon. Follow the most prominent trail to a small sign on a slightly elevated viewpoint near the middle of the canyon. By looking upward in the narrow, north-trending side canyon, you will see a grove of Washington palms (also called California fan palms), the only native palms in Arizona. These remarkable trees also grow in other canyons cutting into the Kofa Mountains and at scattered locations in California and Baja.
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by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

A hike to a desert oasis. The trail follows the desert wash at the end of the road that eventually takes you into a deep, narrow canyon. Follow the most prominent trail to a small sign on a slightly elevated viewpoint near the middle of the canyon.

By looking upward in the narrow, north-trending side canyon, you will see a grove of Washington palms (also called California fan palms), the only native palms in Arizona. These remarkable trees also grow in other canyons cutting into the Kofa Mountains and at scattered locations in California and Baja.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quartzsite
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: 2,500 feet
Local Contacts: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Palm Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Palm Canyon

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May 2018