KofA – Palm Canyon

(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.

Cliiffs in the canyon

Entering Palm Canyon in KofA NWR

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.

Tall canyon walls

Cliffs in the canyon

Palm trees in mountain crevice

Glimpse of distant palms

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.

Palm trees between walls

Palms in crevice of wall

Close-up of palm trees

Zoom shot of fan palms

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.

Cliffs and distant desert

Looking out of the canyon

Mountains behind motorhome

Tardis at Palm Canyon camp

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

11 Responses to KofA – Palm Canyon

  1. Bayfield Bunch AL. January 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    We especially like the Kofa Wildlife Preserve with it’s beautiful mountains & many hiking trails & Jeep roads. I have always been drawn to those rugged peaks stretching along the east side of the La Posa Plain. The mountains seem to have a mystical feel to them And what a treasure that Palm Canyon is. Enjoy your time there………..

    • Pleinguy January 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      You’re correct Al; it was a special experience. There are so many interesting things to explore. The rugged mountains and desert trails are enchanting.

  2. gumo January 31, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    Did you do any paintings. Looks like a great place to set your canvas and paint a landscape. Beautiful country.

    • Pleinguy January 31, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

      Sadly, no paintings resulted. I’ll use the excuse that it rained for a day and a half after my hike. And, I’m still practicing with the acrylics. (Poor reasons, I suppose.) But, I did enjoy the visit.

  3. Dorothy January 31, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Gorgeous-thanks so much! There are many paintings in your minds eye. —Now I’m tightly closing my eyes, clicking my heals together, and repeating “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home!”

    • Pleinguy January 31, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

      Indeed there are many paintings waiting to be created. Keep on clicking Dorothy; your time will come.

  4. Dorothy January 31, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    Indeed! Can hardly wait. Happy trails to you!!

  5. Jim and Gayle February 1, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    You did time that right. When we were there it would have been easy to miss those palms in the dark canyon.Great photos!

    • Pleinguy February 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

      I got lucky, as I had no idea when was the best time. Glad you liked the pix.

  6. Bradford Harris February 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    Stunning, amazing photos! Please keep them coming. It’s 5 degrees here now with 13 inches of new snow. I’d love to be where you are right now!

    • Pleinguy February 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words about the photos. Brrrr! I’m also glad to be here. Very pleasant temps at my camp.

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