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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Palm Canyon Rd, Yuma, AZ 85365, USA

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About Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

The Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is located in Arizona, northeast of Yuma and southeast of Quartzsite. The refuge, established in 1939 to protect desert bighorn sheep, encompasses over 665,400 acres of the Yuma Desert region of the Sonoran Desert. Broad, gently sloping foothills as well as the sharp, needlepoint peaks of the Kofa Mountains are found in the rugged refuge. The small, widely scattered waterholes attract a surprising number of water birds for a desert area.

Attractions Near Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

New Water Mountains Wilderness
New Water Mountains Wilderness35.95km from Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

The New Water Mountains is a mountain range in southwestern Arizona. The range is on the northern border of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge as well as the northern Kofa Mountains. Featuring towering canyons, sparse vegetation, and a large volcanic butte, New Water Mountains Wilderness is the place to be for RV lovers in Arizona who are seeking solitude.The terrain inside New Water Mountains Wilderness is mostly that seen in Sonoran Desert areas.

Castle Dome Mine Museum
Castle Dome Mine Museum38.55km from Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

A majestic museum, which offers an authentic look back in time with the preservation and restoration of Castle Dome City. It is the longest worked mining district in Arizona. Walking through this ghost town that has over 50 weather-beaten buildings, will make you feel as if you are a part of history. The museum houses artifacts dug up from over 300 mines within the Castle Dome District and each tells a story about the mine’s history.

Eagletail Mountains Wilderness
Eagletail Mountains Wilderness46.29km from Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

Eagletail Mountains Wilderness is about 65 mi west of Phoenix with an area of 100,600-acre. The wilderness is of moderate size, with the Eagletail Mountains forming its northeast perimeter, and the much shorter Cemetery Ridge section, forming its southwest border. It covers nearly all of the Eagletail Mountains and the plains on its southwest. A good trekking destination and also there are so many challenging routes too.

La Posa Plain
La Posa Plain47.62km from Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

The La Posa Plain is a wide, generally flat plain in western Arizona near the Colorado River and is on the west and northwest border of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. The plain lies to the east of the Colorado River Indian Reservation and east of the Dome Rock and Trigo Mountains. Quartzsite, Arizona, lies on the western part of the plain, which crosses both Interstate 10 and U.S. Route 95.

Courthouse Rock
Courthouse Rock51.21km from Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

The Eagletail Mountains are a rugged and remote range in Central Arizona between Phoenix and Quartzite. The range is named for its’ highest mountain, the technical Eagletail Peak with twin summit spires looking like a pair of namesake Eagle Feathers. The infrequently visited range and wilderness area has a few other technical summits, with the most popular by far being Courthouse Rock.

Little Harquahala Mountains
Little Harquahala Mountains52.2km from Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

The Little Harquahala Mountains are a small, arid, low-elevation mountain range of western-central Arizona, in the southeast of La Paz County.The region is in the Basin and Range and three mountain ranges are in a parallel, northwest-by-southeast-trending thrust belt, with two intervening valleys. The Little Harquahala Range borders the second valley and third mountain range, the McMullen Valley and Harquahala Mountains, on their southwest borders.

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La Paz County
La Paz County
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La Paz County is the 15th county in the U.S. state of Arizona, located in the western part of the state. La Paz County offers residents and visitors a combination of water and desert recreational activities. In the Parker area, water recreation is king. The 16.5 mile stretch of the Colorado River in the county, known as the Parker Strip, offers some of the best water for skiing, boating, jet skiing, wave-running, and swimming, as well as excellent fishing in the western United States. Desert rat