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General Information

Description - The 665,400 acres Kofa NWR was established in the Lower Sonoran Desert ecosystem primarily to preserve desert bighorn sheep and unique Sonoran Desert vegetation.


Vegetation is relatively sparse throughout, with the exception of tree and shrub corridors along dry washes that descend to alluvial fans and basins from the desert mountains. Creosote, ironwood, palo verde, ocotillo and mesquite comprise much of the vegetation with many types of cacti, most notably the saguaro and cholla species.


Major wildlife species include desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, kit fox, 188 species of birds (87 Neotropical), desert tortoise, several species of bats, 5 species of rattlesnakes, and numerous other reptiles.


The refuge contains 516,300 acres of official wilderness spread over 3 major mountain ranges (Kofa, Castle Dome, and New Water Mountains). Elevations range from 680 feet on the desert floor to 4,877 feet atop Signal peak.


Temperatures range from lows near 25 degrees F. in the months of December and January to highs that may exceed 115 degrees F. from July through September. Precipitation generally ranges from 2 to 8 inches per year.

Recreation - Recreational activities include wildlife viewing, hunting and camping.

Climate - Temperatures range from lows near 25 degrees F. in the months of December and January to highs that may exceed 115 degrees F. from July through September. Precipitation generally ranges from 2 to 8 inches per year.

Location - From Yuma, go north on Highway 95 for 25 miles. Turn west on Martinez Lake Road for 13 miles and follow signs to visitor center.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Paul Oberlin (Yuma, AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Two trips in 2005, May and August. Summer trips advised for experienced desert travelers only. Weather was 110 deg. plus with 70% plus humidity. The road in can be rough, 4WD highly recommended. See photos at link to my website.


More Information

Contact Information:
Kofa NWR, P.O. Box 6290 , Yuma, AZ, 85366-6290, Phone: 520-783-7861
, r2rw_ko@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Arizona National Wildlife Refuges - Arizona's Wildlife Refuges protect critical wildlife habitat in the state and provide for some outdoor recreation opportunities. They offer opportunities for bird-watching, viewing numerous other types of wildlife, fishing, hiking and environmental interpretation, and simply enjoying nature.
Western Arizona - Downstream from the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River reaches Hoover Dam, where it forms Lake Mead. Western Arizona encompasses the area from Lake Mead, south past Yuma, to the Mexican border.

Links:
Kofa NWR - Official agency website

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