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Great way to escape crowds

We traveled through the refuge with two jeeps. Beautiful scenery, no trash, no excessive ohv resource damage. We traveled miles and miles without seeing a soul. Regarding... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2016
John M
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Very nice ride through the KOFA Refuge to Big Eye Mine. Along the way you see Thumb Butte with the Big Eye in the rock on its north side. Nice picnic spot at the end of the trail and then an easy walk up to Big Eye Mine cabin. The trail then continues on up to the Mine, and past... More 

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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We traveled through the refuge with two jeeps. Beautiful scenery, no trash, no excessive ohv resource damage. We traveled miles and miles without seeing a soul. Regarding the map, one plus is the signs at each road intersection correspond to the map. The downside of the map is poor directions as to where the roads go when you hit the... More 

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1 Thank John M
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

This is a narrow canyon that you have to hike and climb to get up to the palm trees. From the parking lot, a primitive trail leads into the main canyon. Stop at the 'PALMS' sign and follow the arrow to see the palm trees. Now the fun starts. If you beeline from the sign up the canyon you will... More 

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4 Thank Robert B
Pima, AZ
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

We spent three days camping and hiking on the east side of the Kofa south of Vicksburg, Arizona. We had pleasant weather for our winter campout and were lucky there was no rain. We were treated to some spectacular sunsets and unique landscapes. Definitely plan to go back again and explore other areas at the Kofa, especially the west side... More 

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3 Thank Diane D
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 January 2016

If you are not a serious hiker/walker but love nature, or are in the region and looking for a reasonably easy but rewarding nature experience for a couple of hours, you can't do much better than Palm Canyon in the Kofa. After a half an hour or so drive (in any car) off the main road - which itself is... More 

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5 Thank HMSLondon101
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

Sonoran desert wilderness.I always thought that the Sonoran desert was only around Tucson, but its out here as well. Landscape full of saguaro cactus, cholla, ocotillo, paulo verdi, etc. Spotted a roadrunner. We drove to Palm Canyon trail, which we walked. The walk was nice, but the palms were a little disapointing. Later we drove some of the four-wheel drive... More 

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2 Thank Andy P
Yuma, Arizona
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Reviewed 23 June 2015

Beautiful place if you like desert but you really need high clearance rig. Most roads are rough. Look for big horn sheep if you go deep into KOFA.

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1 Thank icue4u
Golden Valley, Arizona
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Reviewed 14 February 2015

We had taken Crystal Hill Road as far as Crystal Hill, and that road was in pretty good shape. The scenery is beautiful, and although we didn't find any crystals we did meet quite a few people and made a few friends along the way. We had also taken the road to Palm Canyon which once again was very scenic.... More 

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1 Thank Connie K
Moreno Valley, California
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Reviewed 8 October 2014

The Palm Canyon area of the KofA (named after the nearby King of Arizona mine) Nat'l Wildlife Refuge is a fairly easy way for you adventurers to grab a taste of stark Sonoran Desert remoteness without four-wheel drive or unmarked dirt roads. Its worth the dusty drive off paved US 95 about 12 miles to the Palm Canyon trailhead, accessed... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Visited in late March. Most of the "snowbird" RVers had already flown back north, so the area was pretty quiet. The main access into the refuge is via US 95 that runs north/south between Yuma AZ & Quartzite AZ. 2 reasonably passable dirt roads access the place: Palm Canyon road, (about mile marker 85), which dead ends at the Palm... More 

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