The beautiful Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is located northeast of Yuma, Arizona, southeast of Quartzsite, Arizona. The refuge, established in 1939 to protect Desert Bighorn Sheep, encompasses over 665,400 acres (2,693 km2) of the Yuma Desert region of the Sonoran Desert. On January 18, 1939, over 1.5 million acres (6,100 km2) were set aside at Kofa and at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge combined, and a civilian conservation corps side camp was set up to develop high mountain waterholes for the sheep. On April 2, 1939, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge was officially opened. The refuge was originally administered jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
the Bureau of Land Management. On February 5, 1975, Kofa was transferred exclusively to the Bureau of Land Management. However, following congressional action, this decision made by the Department of the Interior was reversed and complete authority was returned to the Department of Fish and Wildlife Services. Kofa Wildlife Refuge offers wonderful scenic view of the Kofa and Castle Dome Mountains. Hiking sightseeing and photography and nature observation are permitted in all areas except on the patented mining claims and other private claims.
NO OFF-ROAD VEHICLES are permitted all vehicles must be insured, and street legal. On the National Wildlife Refuge, all vehicles, including ATVs, dirtbikes, motorcycles, sandrails, UTVs, or side by side and golfcarts must be registered, insured and street legal. All drivers must also have a valid driver’s license in good standing.
In order for the vehcle to be registered it must have all the safety equipment required by the State of Arizona for street legal operation. A license plate begining with “MC” is registered while a “RV Plate is a title only and may not be operated on ANY of the National Wildlife Refuges.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Southwest Arizona National Wildlife Complex at (928) 783-7861