National Wildlife Refuge
|9300 E. 28th Street
Yuma, AZ 85365
Phone Number: 928-783-7861
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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1939, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 665,400 acres of the Sonoran Desert. The refuge provides essential habitat for desert bighorn sheep, the California fan palm and other wildlife and plants.
Desert bighorn sheep are primarily found in the two mountain ranges that dominate the refuge landscape: the Kofa and Castle Dome Mountains. While these mountains are not especially high, they are extremely rugged and rise sharply from the surrounding land.
More than 80% of Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is federally designated wilderness. This important designation ensures that the desert landscape is protected for future generations.
Getting There . . .
To the office:
From Tucson: From I-8, take the Fortuna Drive exit. Turn right onto Fortuna and move into the left turn lane at the next stop light. Turn left onto North Frontage Road. Follow North Frontage to Avenue 9E. Turn right onto 9E. Follow 9E past the RV Resort and turn right onto 28th Street. We are the second building on the left (the first is Arizona Game and Fish Department at the intersection of 28th and 9E.)
From California: From I-8, take the Fortuna Drive exit. Turn left onto Fortuna. Follow Fortuna over the overpass and turn left at the 2nd stoplight. This is North Frontage Road. Follow North Frontage to Avenue 9E. Turn right onto 9E. Follow 9E past the RV Resort and turn right onto 28th Street. We are the second building on the left (the first is Arizona Game and Fish Department at the intersection of 28th and 9E.)
To the Refuge: From Yuma, take Highway 95 north towards Quartzite, Arizona, to refuge entrance signs.
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Water is scarce in a desert. Natural water sources are highly variable and may not last until seasonal rains can replenish the supply. By enlarging natural water holes, shading them to reduce evaporation and building artificial basins in areas previously without a water supply, refuge managers have increased the availability and reliability of water.