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KOFA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

665,460 acres. This large National Wildlife Refuge in the southwestern part of the state encompasses an area of

desert with two mountain ranges, the Kofa and Castle Dome Mountains. Some of the terrain here is rugged.

About 516,000 acres of the refuge have wilderness status. Vegetation includes cactus, mesquite, and other desert plants, along with some California palm trees in Palm Canyon. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyote, and fox are among the wildlife.

Water is generally scarce, but there are a number of waterholes. Roads in the refuge are rough, so 4-wheel drive vehicles are necessary on some routes. Fall through spring are the recommended times to visit. Summers are quite hot.

Activities: Backpacking and hiking are allowed, but there are no established trails other than a 1-mile path. The refuge is open to horses as well. Limited hunting is permitted in season.

Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed almost anywhere in this National Wildlife Refuge, except within 100 feet of roads or one-quarter mile of water sources. Although campfires are permitted, bringing a stove for cooking is recommended.

For Further Information: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, 356 West First Street, P.O. Box 6290, Yuma, AZ 85364; (602)783-7861.

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