Frequently Asked Questions

Where is it? The refuge is located 40 miles north of Yuma, Arizona, on the east side of State Highway 95.

When was it established? 1939.

How big is it? The refuge is 665,400 acres, of which 547,700 acres is designated wilderness.

Why is it here? The refuge was established for the protection of desert bighorn sheep and other native wildlife.

What can I do there? Visitors can enjoy wildlife-dependent activities, including hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, and limited hunting.

Are pets allowed? Pets are permitted only if they are confined or leashed.

Can I bring and release wildlife on the refuge? Releasing any animal (wildlife or unwanted pets) on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is illegal and subject to a fine.