Wildlife Watching and Nature Trails
The refuge offers great opportunities to see and experience the vast desert landscape.
Palm Canyon Trail (half mile one way)
This foot trail leads into a narrow canyon where you can see the California fan palm, the only native palm in Arizona. The trail is easy to follow, but is rough most of the way due to large rocks and several steep sections. Allow an hour to make the round trip.
Directions: To reach Palm Canyon, take U.S. Highway 95 running north and south between Yuma and Quartzsite, Arizona. Approximately 63 miles north of Yuma or 18 miles south of Quartzsite, watch for the Palm Canyon sign which indicates the junction with a dirt road leading 7.1 miles east to the parking area at Palm Canyon.
For more information, see our Palm Canyon Trail brochure.
Kofa Cabin, Hoodoo Cabin, Wilbanks Cabin and Kofa Monument offer excellent opportunities to explore this rugged landscape. The three primitive cabins are good locations to spend the night. The cabins are available on a first come, first serve basis. No reservations or fees are required. Please be sure to carry out any trash or food you brought with you. Remember to be cautious on the rough road to the monument. These destinations provide amazing views of the desert landscape and an opportunity to enjoy the diversity of species found here.