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Kofa Queen Canyon to Skull Rock

Intermediate
 3.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A cruisey wilderness two-track into the canyon.


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14.1

Miles

22.7

KM

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Singletrack

2,693' 821 m

High

1,539' 469 m

Low

1,177' 359 m

Up

1,178' 359 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly The ride from the parking lot to the rocks is fairly tame, and the return is all downhill, luckily for tired kids.

Except for this road, all the land around this area is wilderness and closed to bike travel.

Overview

An out-and-back ride with with some spectacular scenery and the chance to spot big-horn sheep.

Description

The ride starts at the junction of Queen Canyon and Palm Canyon Road. The trail is a doubletrack, jeep road with some short, loose sections and the odd wash you have to cross.

You'll climb a mild grade for the first half. Finally, you reach the first rock formation. From here, the trail enters Kofa Queen Canyon and the roadway becomes fairly rough with boulders and ruts. The scenery here is spectacular and the traveling fairly easy.

The ride eventually comes to a fork, and Skull Rock is right there at the junction (going further along the main canyon would bring you to Kofa Queen Mine two miles farther out, south of the road. Taking the other fork would bring you to Cereus Tank and Tunnel Mine.)

As mapped, this is an out-and-back where you turn back around at Skull Rock.

Keep an eye out for jeeps and big-horn sheep!

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Luke Mattar

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The well-named, Skull Rock.
Jan 17, 2017 near Quartzsite, AZ
There's not a lot of shade in Kofa Queen Canyon unless the sun drops behind some of the rock formation.
Jan 17, 2017 near Quartzsite, AZ
Some of the dramatic terrain at Kofa Queen Canyon.
Jan 17, 2017 near Quartzsite, AZ
Distant rock towers decorate the backdrop in the Kofa Queen Canyon.
Jan 17, 2017 near Quartzsite, AZ
Taking a break on the doubletrack and enjoying the expansive vista.
Jan 17, 2017 near Quartzsite, AZ
Broad views and wide doubletrack.
Jan 17, 2017 near Quartzsite, AZ

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Mar 4, 2019
Doug Haines
I liked this ride, basic jeep trail, but challenging to this beginner/int. Washes, ruts, rocks... Not for the hard core though. Dirt rd access 3 miles 14mi — 2h 06m
Nov 13, 2017
jason holland