8.3 Good

Kofa Wildlife Refuge

Quartzsite, Arizona

Palm Canyon Rd
Quartzsite, Arizona 85365
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Sites: 300
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 33.62503
Longitude: -114.17466

Elevation: 1088' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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3 Reviews

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Review Count: 199
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

What a pleasant surprise to find such beautiful and peaceful boondocking site so close to Quartzsite. There are plenty of spots to accommodate any size rig. The road from the highway is well marked, graded, and not too washboardy. We picked a site about a half mile into the NWR and could see (just barely) only two other rigs from our camp. Be aware that after you enter the NWR you must park your rig no more than 100 feet from the road. Before entering the NWR, while on BLM land, you may park up to 300 feet from the road. Watch out for all the cacti - especially the cholla! There is a tent camping site at the turnaround at the end of the road where the trail head for Palm Canyon is located, but it's situated in a wash which seems ill advised. The NWR brochure states that overnight parking is allowed at the trail head parking lot, but I don't know whether or not this means you could park your RV there. We enjoyed beautiful sunsets from this site and enjoyed hiking up Palm Canyon to see the rare California fan palms. This is free camping at its best. We camped at Kofa Wildlife Refuge in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Site Type
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Tips for other Campers:

Easy drive into Quartzsite for basic supplies.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

I just spent 11 days in the Kofa Wildlife Refuge and it's as beautiful as any high desert landscape you've ever seen. Granted, that type of landscape is a bit of an acquired taste, but once you embrace its beauty it sticks with you.

The Palm Canyon Road entrance is just north of mile marker 85 on the east side of Hwy 95, about 25 miles or so south of Quartzsite. The road in was a little washboardy but very manageable. They do see flash floods from time to time, and the road shows some evidence of rutting from previous floods, but it's wide enough to maneuver around the problem spots even in my 43' rig towing a car.

One issue is ground clearance: on the road in it's not an issue at all, but when they grade the road they leave a berm of gravelly debris along the sides which creates a curb that many if not most RV's and Travel Trailers would find difficult or impossible to get over. This unfortunately blocks access to what would otherwise be some pretty nice campsites for larger rigs, though smaller setups might be able to take advantage of them.

During my stay there were only a few other campers out there, mostly in travel trailers, so we all had thousands of yards between us to call our own. There was some very light day-use traffic and the occasional hunters / shooters whizzing by on quad-runners, but the dust they kick up dissipates very quickly due to the almost constant breeze.

It's beautiful, quiet and isolated... and expansive. The sunsets are magnificent and the hiking is as easy or as hard as you want it to be: The flat plains are perfect for long evening walks, and the mountains / canyons at day-use area at the foot of the mountains are a bit more challenging.

There's a park host for any questions you may have, but really you just find a spot and park. It's boondocking at its best, and it's absolutely free. It really doesn't get much easier than this. We camped at Kofa Wildlife Refuge in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
3 miles from 95
Site Surface
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

For some reason this site won't let you add a $o.oo cost - it forces the minimum to $1 - but this area is absolutely free of charge. Quartzsite is just up the road if you need supplies, and there's an RV Pit Stop for filling fresh water on the way in or dumping waste tanks on the way out.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge sits off Highways 10 and 95 near Quartzsite. Excellent dry camping - not another soul there when we were there - we drove in off Highway 10. I understand the entrance off Highway 95 is the more popular and probably more crowded. Lots of cacti in a high desert landscape. Be careful of where you walk your dogs because of the cacti. Vehicles with low clearance could have problems on the gravel/dirt roads but we were fine in our 24' class C. You can camp anywhere within 100' of any road. Wilderness at its best. We camped at Kofa Wildlife Refuge in a Motorhome.

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