Palm Canyon - KOFA, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 0.85 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,100 feet
Elevation Gain 270 feet
Accumulated Gain 270 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.2
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by joebartels

Did you know Arizona actually has a few native palm trees? Yes it's true. Palm Canyon is the only place in the entire state with real native live palm trees in their natural habitat!

The featured photo is a close up of the main attraction. The palms are in a narrow slot canyon on a very steep slope. Pick up a brochure and learn the history of the palms. Unfortunately my photography skills are weak at best. To get a nice picture of the palms you need to be here for that half hour the sun peeks into the narrow canyon. The hike is a breeze. I passed several groups of tourist along the way.

On the same day I drove to Palm Springs California to visit Palm Canyon California style. Okay I probably shouldn't say, but Palm Canyon California will blow your mind. Nevertheless this is a great experience. Not to mention it's free and pure enjoyable. In California you pay to peek and the Indian Reservation in charge has signs posted all over about get out by 5pm or you are in big trouble. I'd rather stay in Arizona! These palms have a true rustic look and the steep canyon adds to the experience. Please stay on the trail and leave the palms alone. Enjoy!

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1998-02-26 joebartels
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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To hike
From Quartzite follow Highway 95 18 miles South to the signed turnoff for Palm Canyon. Follow this fine dirt road 9 miles to the parking area.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
Avoid Heat Illness - stay cool
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