The Kofa Wilderness now contains a total of 547,719 acres and is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Arizona. In 1990 the Kofa Wilderness became part of the now over 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.Regulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Click here for additional regulations or contact the agency
The Kofa Refuge and Wilderness is located between Yuma and Quartzsite, Arizona east of U.S. Highway 95. The southernmost of the five entrance roads is found about 40 miles north of Yuma and leads to the southern Castle Dome Mountains. Other popular entrances are located at King Valley, Palm Canyon, and Crystal Hill, which is the northernmost entrance 10 miles south of Quartzsite. An entrance off U.S. Interstate 10 at the Vicksburg Road provides access to the northeast corner of the Refuge. Old roads, remnants from the mining era, connect all areas of the Refuge so pioneering individuals can negotiate throughout the Refuge from north to south or east to west. Four-wheel drive vehicles are a must; some of the more remote sections of the Refuge will take 3 - 4 hours of driving to reach from the highway. There are no visitor facilities on the Refuge; the nearest gas stations, restaurants, and motels are found in Yuma or Quartzsite. The Refuge Office is also in Yuma situated at 9300 E. 28th Street.
Visitor Center and Headquarters 9300 East 28th Street Yuma, AZ 85365
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