Kofa Manganese Road

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4.6/5 (12 reviews)
Quartzsite, Arizona (La Paz County)
Last Updated: 01/07/2023

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Solitude. Jagged mountain horizons. Dark star-filled skies. Towering saguaro cacti. Broad desert plains. Sandy washes densely lined with ironwood, palo verde, and mesquite. Campfire smoke wafting skyward. Plaintive coyote songs in the night. Kofa Manganese offers all these in abundance. Threading a thin corridor between beautiful wilderness areas of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Kofa Manganese climbs steadily to scenic Red Rock Pass. Squeezed between the ancient Kofa Mountains to the west and the rugged Little Horn Mountains to the east, views from the pass offers are simply astounding. The trail drops quickly after Red Rock Pass and begins weaving in and out of the wide meandering Hoodoo Wash. Leaving Hoodoo Wash, Kofa Manganese traces the edge of the broad Palomas Plain before angling westward towards the Kofa Mountains. Ocotillo cacti thrive in this area and stretch their thorny octopus arms skyward, some impressively over 25 feet tall. Cholla grows in dense gardens, beautifully silver-green in the sunlight. But beware. The thorns will make you say bad words. If you crave a remote wheeling adventure with tons of dramatic scenery, leave the crowds behind and head into southwestern Arizona's vast wilderness on the Kofa Manganese.

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