Over 80% of the refuge’s 665,400 acres are designated as wilderness, offering excellent opportunities to explore and enjoy the desert.
A management priority for the refuge is to help recover populations of Sonoran pronghorn, the fastest North American land mammal.
Profile of the Pronghorn
Come Help Out!
Ask about volunteer opportunities to assist with maintenance, interpretation and other projects.
Look for this refuge resident - the jackrabbit. With their tall hind legs, they can reach speeds of up to 40 mph and leap over 10 feet.
Where Wildlife Comes First
National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore!
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 for the protection of desert bighorn sheep and other native wildlife following a 1936 campaign by the Arizona Boy Scouts.About the Refuge
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
A portion of Castle Dome/McPherson Pass Road on privately-owned lands, but crossing through the refuge, will be closed to through traffic. With this road closure, vehicle access to McPherson Pass and Castle Dome Peak will only be possible from the King Valley Road off highway 95 past the Border Patrol check station at mile post 76. Castle Dome McPherson Pass Road Closure
Of the 665,400 acres within Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, 547,700 acres are designated wilderness, making it the second largest wilderness area in Arizona. The important designation helps ensure this amazing desert landscape is protected for future generations. Wilderness designation offers protection from logging or mining and prevents the construction of permanent roads, vehicles or structures.Learn more
What do bees, hummingbirds, white-winged doves, and tarantula hawks have in common? They are all pollinators! While feasting on nutritious nectar, berries and seeds, these hard-working animals help pollinate desert plants like ironwood, saguaro and the night-blooming cereus, which would not be able to produce seeds otherwise. Pollinators are critical to ensuring the health of plants and animals, including humans!
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2016