Palm Canyon, Koa Mt.-71
The most well-known attraction within the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is Palm Canyon, a narrow, sheltered ravine which is the last significant location in Arizona where palm trees grow in their natural habitat. The road to the mouth of the canyon is a 7 mile gravel track, heavily ribbed for most of its length, that takes around 30 minutes to drive, although it is fine for 2WD cars. There are many other unpaved roads that traverse the 660,000 acres of the refuge, from the Kofa Mountains in the north, across the wide King Valley in the central section to the Castle Dome Mountains towards the south. Most of these require 4WD vehicles, and detailed maps for navigation. East of the NWR lie many more miles of uninhabited valley and mountain wilderness with only limited access. This part of Arizona, between Interstates 8 and 10 is the epitome of a hostile desert environment, but one which is well worth visiting.