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Palm Canyon - KOFA, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
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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8  2023-02-20 azdesertfather
33  2021-02-19 VolcanoCLMBR
5  2018-01-28 DbleDutch
4  2017-03-03
KOFA sampler
8  2016-12-10 chumley
5  2016-12-10 Tortoise_Hiker
7  2016-12-10 johnlp
4  2015-01-03 desert_boonie
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Preferred Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec → 11 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn
Sun  7:06am - 6:32pm
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by joebartels

 Likely In-Season!
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 tourists 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 purely enjoyable. In California, you pay to peek and the Indian Reservation in charge has signs posted all over about getting out by 5 pm or you are in big trouble. I'd rather stay in Arizona! These palms have a truly 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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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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FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

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.

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