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KOFA Wildlife Refuge, AZ

Updated: Nov 29, 2020


About a year ago we ended a trip along the Bradshaw Trail from the Salton Sea at Kofa. It was time to go back and give it it's own trip. After this trip, I can say that I'll have to do another one to begin to see all that this relatively small area has to offer.

Still, this was a good start.



A little later after dark the rest of the Arizona contingent arrived. Sarah and Brian in their amazingly clean and taken care of FZJ80 and Carrie in her brand new to her 150,000 Mile Tacoma.


Now, all we had to do is find Steve, Katy and Kevin in the morning! Found em! Despite a little lagging behind plus an extra hour for the time change they arrive unscathed. ;-)


Everyone circled around the Kofa Monument.


The KOFA Cabin. Not a lot to it. Built by the CCC in a pretty flat and boring spot. Not worth staying at as a destination, but it would be a great meeting spot to camp at for the "travel day" of your trip.



Lavish Accommodations.


We started making our rough clockwise tour of Kofa.



We eventually made our way to the Wilbanks Cabin. A great spot to spend the night and do some hiking.




Ocotillo lined roof.


Clean and tidy on the inside.


I wouldn't use the stove. The mice have made it their home.


Just behind the cabin is a small hill. The view from it, into KOFA is amazing. Mordor!


There were an oddly large number of these centipede? Millepede? bodies around, sun bleached and hollow.


Many left over century plant stalks wasting away.


The sky seems bigger out here.


The Hoodoo Cabin.


Funny side note, Kelsey and I were the only ones who saw the Hoodoo Cabin... The group was moving very slowly after a late start. So when we pulled up to the cabin, we checked it out, took some pictures, signed the guestbook, and got back into the truck we still didn't see the next truck so we re-joined the road and kept on trucking! Yep, we're jerks, but it kept the group moving and prevented a half hour stop to check out the cabin. -Here lies my confession. ;-)


This one was fairly nice and looks like it would make a great hunting cabin.



As we got back onto the main trail we saw this:


Oh, hey guys! Just sitting here waiting for you. Nothing to see on that side trail!! ;-) The desert out here was green and happy!



I'm no geologist, but I love stratigraphy. These upturned layers sure looked cool.


Green Fence.


These Lichen covered rocks almost looked like homes.


Kelsey and I hiked to some tanks. They were all dry. I guess our recent rains didn't hit here. Looking back at the trucks.


After our little side trail we headed past the still private King Of Arizona Mine (KOFA). It looks inhabited, but it's a ramshackle collection of old trailers and DIY buildings scattered around some mining equipment. We started looking for a place to camp. Brian was insistent that we check out Big Dick Canyon. I kid you not. See it for your own eyes.


Smaller than you would have thought, huh?