Destination Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Our first destination after getting “hitched” (the honeymoon?) was a picturesque piece of Arizona’s Sonoran desert near Quartzsite – Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is over 650,000 acres and has several access points, all from highway 95. It has two dominant mountain ranges: Kofa Mountains in the north and Castle Dome Mountains in the south. Last year we boondocked out Castle Dome Road where we had our solar system installed – see post.
Side note: This initial 370 miles of travel towing our Honda CRV went smoothly. In fact, you could say it went “without a hitch” but that just isn’t quite true….LOL
Palm Canyon Road
Our specific destination this trip was Palm Canyon. We settled into a nice boondocking spot along the Palm Canyon Road just five miles from the main highway and two miles shy of the trail head (which is also the end of the road). All the camp spots are within 100 feet or so of the gravel road but are comfortably spaced so as not to feel crowded. Our spot had great views of Kofa mountains and provided a central location for exploring the lush green desert.
The main attraction here is the palm trees growing in a side canyon at the edge of the mountain/desert interface. They are an unusual sight in the desert and people streamed to the short half-mile trail daily while we were there. We, of course, made our trek up there as well along with other exploratory excursions in the immediate vicinity of our camp.
One day, we took a drive on the Queen Canyon “road” nearby to check out photo ops. Very rough road for our car and we won’t do that again! The Honda had plenty of clearance but it was such a slow pace that I think it would have been faster walking a hiking trail!