Mojave Snowbird Trip – Kofa Arch

Nothing much happened in the middle of nowhere today. I thought about going to Quartzsite where the Gem & Mineral Pow Wow started today, but by the time we had walked it seemed too late, maybe tomorrow.

On one of the maps I have of the area there are several natural arches mentioned, one is just up the road from camp so we went to find it. We walked along an old road, number 0029, to the beginning of the hills through lots of ocotillo, cholla and rock. Turning around I suddenly saw the arch – way up there on top.

Look carefully at the skyline on top of the ridge.
Nasty zoomed in picture taken with the phone.

That was about the extent of our exploring!


As we arrived at camp I liked the way the Caravan looked through the Ocotillo.

Mojave Snowbird Trip – King Road Camp

Up early this morning to get to King Road before all the other people, my plan worked pretty well and I found a nice spot with a good view, right after I got set up 4 RVs pulled into the spot next to mine! They are about 200 feet away so not terrible.

Biff approves.
Biff likes the view, later in the day we walked up to the valley in the centre of the mountains
Looking back towards camp, The Caravan is just visible.
We are actually just outside the refuge
Sunset from camp was magnificent.

Mojave Snowbird Trip – Palm Canyon, Kofa

Having spent a couple of days at camp it was time to ‘do something’. Palm Canyon in Kofa Wildlife Refuge had been recommended. (Kofa comes from King of Arizona)

The rain had left some large puddles on the road out of camp.
All the humidity after the rain made it slightly hazy in the desert, Kofa Wildlife Refuge.

Palm Canyon is in a small range of mountains in the centre of Kofa, there is a rough trail into the canyon which cuts deep into the mountains. This is the only place in Arizona where native palm trees still grow, ironically they are California Palms.

The palms are in the crevice on the far side of the canyon, apparently there are a few more dotted around but the majority are here.

The official trail is only half a mile long and stops at the view of the palms but many people have gone further, the trail was sometimes hard to follow and involved scrambling over damp rocks in places, I managed another half mile.

Looking further up into Palm Canyon.
Everything in the canyon had sprung to life with the rains.
The end of the trail for me, it was completely overgrown and rocky.

After visiting Palm Canyon I drove further southeast in Kofa and up King Road. There was some nice scenery and great camping spots so I decided to move my camp here in the morning.

Mojave Snowbird Trip – Wet Desert

The forecast couldn’t make its mind up over the last few days, would there be rain, when, maybe…

It did start to rain at sunset on the 14th and rained lightly on and off all night, I awoke to a very different desert

Foggy Sonoran Desert

The rain got harder as the morning went on, judging by the amount in the cup holders of the cooler we got about 3/4″ (great rain gauge!)

View from the caravan door after the fog cleared.
My ditch scheme worked quite well.
Perhaps I should have extended the ditches a little further.

The rain slowed down later in the afternoon so it was time to go for a walk.

Quite a lot of water about and some nice little streams flowing, Biff seemed bemused by it all and sat down several times requiring a biscuit to move again.
You could almost hear the desert plants sucking up the moisture.
Some nice flowers about

The rain stopped while we were walking and by sunset the desert had returned to sunshine, we are promised sun and a high of 68F tomorrow.

Mojave Snowbird Trip – Sand Mine Road

Although I don’t mind the cold much I decided to head toward the Mojave desert for a couple of weeks in The Caravan with Biff, Frikka stayed in Cedar City where she will be getting some behavioral training (she’s nuts!).

Brown’s Road leading down to Koosharem – snowbirding seems like a good idea.

My destination for the night was just south of Overton, Nevada at Sand Mine Road, a free BLM camping area near Lake Mead. I got my usual late start, although only about 75 minutes late this time which is pretty good for me. That meant I arrived after dark and took the first spot off the highway. It turns out there really is a mine and they work all night, I woke at 5am (Mountain) to the sound of the globada globada machine and a truck backing up. It wasn’t loud enough to keep me awake last night but seemed more obvious this morning.

Morning One of the Mojave Snowbirding Trip 2019

The temperature at dawn was 43F and it was surprisingly humid for the desert, there was a lot of water along the road on the way down and the soil is quite moist, though the ‘soil’ is mostly rocks. The Caravan is very dirty having been in the snow for the last couple of months.

Looking east from camp down Sand Mine Road.

I can see about half a dozen other RVs further down the road, they probably can’t hear the mine and I will explore further down next time I’m here. It’s 300 miles from Torrey so a bit far to come just for a day or two, great stopping place for heading south though.

Biff enjoying the sunshine and view.

Headed further south today into the Mojave Desert. The mine noise has stopped, perhaps they only work at night to avoid the heat of the summer?