Palm canyon in Arizona
On Christmas day, we decided to go for a drive and do some exploring. This is our third year coming to this area, and I hate to say it, but there is a lot around here we haven’t seen yet.
I got on the trusty interweb to see what was kinda close by, and read about an area in the Kofa national wildlife refuge. We have driven past the Kofa refuge on our way to Yuma, but never stopped. I read about a short hike there that goes to a place called palm canyon. A short hike sounded about right, since the weather had turned cold and blustery that day. So off we went. Leaving the main highway, we drove 7 miles down a good dirt road. This is an incredibly beautiful area, and we are planning on boondocking here on our way to Yuma in the next week or so. The photo opportunities for me, and painting for Al, is just too much to not take advantage of.
The hike was short and steep, probably a 1/2 mile. But the scenery was great.
Palm canyon is named that, because of the naturally occurring palm trees that are growing in one of the steep narrow canyons. These are the only natural palm trees in Arizona, and there are several theories as to how they got there. In 1986 forty two trees were counted in the main grove, and about half were adult size with trunks of 20′ or taller. Smaller trees are growing in the grove too.
Apparently, we unknowingly timed our visit perfectly. Because the canyon that the palm trees are in is so steep and narrow, the sun only shines on the trees for a short time during the day. And we were there at the right time.
If you want to hike up into the steep canyon to see the trees close up, you can. Maybe another day. We weren’t prepared to do that, plus Roxy was having a bad day with her back and Al was carrying her. To the west of this canyon is another steep canyon with 2 or 3 palm trees growing way up high. It’s really quite crazy to see them.
When we left we started scoping out a spot where we could camp. We stopped at this flat spot where someone had made these very large, and very cool Zen circles. We are going to park here when we pull up stakes and move.
And just because, here is a photo of the sunset from Christmas eve. It was a nice one.