There are a couple very memorable boondocking locations that we will keep revisiting. They’re memorable not only for the very positive experience but also for the fact that they were one of our early discoveries when we ventured out in search of boondocking with the rig. We were stoked that such peacefulness and great scenery can be found if you do some leg work and have a rig that’ll take you there.

Kofa Queen Canyon Road is one such spot. Last year we had the last spot up against the mountains all to ourselves. This year we traveled in later in the fall when there’s more activity in the area; chances were higher “our” spot would be occupied. Fortunately, there are a handful other sites leading up to the primo site for us to land on. There are also a dozen or so pull offs within the first mile.

This area is full of beautiful cholla and octotillo making it a more scenic desert landscape than much of the desert around it and around Quartzsite, AZ.

The deets:

  • GPS: 33.385246 , -114.105087 (Google maps link)
  • Easy to locate: Yes. Google maps will get you there
  • Public Land: Yes
  • Cell: Verizon 3 bar, Google fi 2-3 bars, T-mobile 3 bars
  • Crowded: not at all. Most campers stay off off Palm Canyon road and there’ll only be a handful back on Kofa Queen Canyon
  • Clean: very clean
  • Would we stay here again: Yes

The drive is gravel and very easy along Palm Canyon Road. You can travel this road all the way back to the trail and there are numerous sites all along the road.

Palm Canyon and Kofa Queen Canyon intersection

Kofa Queen Road is a more rugged, 4WD or high clearance recommended road. Our rig, even towing the jeep, never bottomed out through the washes. We had no problem keeping Jeep hitched all the way in…surprised me. One other camper (the one in my spot) had a smaller truck and towed a trailer all the way in.

Satellite view of our primo camp location from I-10 and Hwy-95
Mr. Cooper has approved this road; there are definitely some big deep dips through washes so watching clearance is needed but otherwise it’s solid rock and mostly even driving
View from Palm Canyon road back towards camp…a near perfect boondocking location for just hanging out

Touring around Kofa Wildlife Refuge

So stunning, I didn’t close my door!

This trip we not only had time but we have the Jeep, making it fun to get out and do more exploring.

We spent the next day driving out to King Road, finding the horse tank water area and attempted to get to a mine, but the museum was locked up. Found cholla at over 6′ tall, frogs (YES, FROGS!) and just pretty, pristine desert to romp around in.

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Our jeep exploration and camp area in Kofa Wildlife Refuge near Quartzsite, AZ

Where to next?

We’re heading into the Phoenix area for Thanksgiving. After turkey day, we’re hoping to spend time in the red rocks of Sedona. The weather may have us changing direction and then we may need to wing it for a few days.