(nr Quartzsite AZ)
A visit to KofA National Wildlife Refuge was next on my journey. First up was Palm Canyon which was about twenty miles south of the ‘Q’. A short hike from the trailhead leads to a view of Arizona’s only native palm trees.
The trail was a bit rocky, and sometimes steep, but really not that difficult. The canyon was pretty impressive with its soaring vertical cliffs on three sides. Even without seeing the palms it would have been a rewarding hike.
I was passed by two photographers carrying tripods and DSLR’s with long lenses. So, I figured my timing must have been just about right. And sure enough, the light was just entering the narrow crevice of the distant wall where the palms were tucked away.
After getting several nice shots with the sun hitting the palms, I turned my attention to the the surrounding cliffs. Towering and rugged, they framed the distant desert below which extended across the La Posa Plains to the Dome Rock Mountains beyond.
My camp for the next couple of days was about three miles from the trailhead along Palm Canyon Rd. It had a very nice view of the KofA Mountains, great internet signal, and it was quiet except for the few cars headed to the canyon trailhead.
Camp: KofA NWR – Palm Canyon Rd boondock
Scene: Mountains, canyon, palms, desert
Also see: KofA-Horse Tanks