We learned about an interesting short hike just a few weeks after we arrived in Quartzsite, Arizona. We packed some snacks and hit the road, looking for some native palm trees in the desert. Palm Canyon is a jagged slice into a mountain in the Kofa Wildlife Refuge, just off of Hwy 95 between Yuma and Quartzsite. The desert dirt road is well maintained, which is a good thing since you are on it for over 7 miles. Driving up to the canyon, you are surrounded by desert plants and wonder why these palm trees decided to grow here.
The Palm Canyon National Recreation Trail is a nice hike, it isn’t too steep but the terrain can be unstable in spots. The girls had fun trying to figure out where the palm trees were, it was handy to have a sign to point the way. We didn’t hike too far past where the trees could be seen growing in the steep canyon walls. I assumed they would be growing down at the bottom of the canyon, so it was odd to see the sign pointing to the canyon walls. Lilah even decided to make a smily face rock for future hikers to enjoy.
We made it back out of the canyon to the car just in time to make some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and discuss the events of the day. We looked for Big Horn sheep, but couldn’t find any, we did see a few lizards though. If you are in the area, swing by and visit these little palms.