The Yuma Visitor's Center boasts that there are no fewer than three Wildlife Refuges within a short driving distance of Yuma. They are Imperial, Kofa and Cibola National Wildlife Refuges. Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is on the way to the Castle Dome Mine Museum as is Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. Imperial and Cibola are on the floodplains of the Colorado River.
While we passed Kofa National Wildlife Refuge while heading north to Castle Dome, it has neither a visitors' center or a river. The most visited place in this refuge is home to Arizona's only Native Palm Trees. Ann, a volunteer for the refuge whom I met on a hike in Brown Canyon tells me that there are several fascinating destinations within this large refuge, but it would take some time to visit them all. It is also a management area for the nation's fastest animal, the Sonoran Pronghorn. Visiting KOFA will come another time.
Cibola National Wildlife Refuge can be reached most easily from Blythe, a 20-mile drive. However, it can be reached from Yuma. It is a 2-hour drive from Yuma.
Imperial was the only Refuge that we visited this trip. Here is what we found.Read More