After our yearly social event this year, Ray and I discovered a wonderfully quiet spot away from the crowds at the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. But … what’s all this socializing about?
Well, during our snowbird seasons in the American Southwest, we always go to a little town called Quartzsite, Arizona, where the annual RV show draws tens of thousands of RVers.
The RV show itself is much like any other exhibition with some RV stuff thrown in, but the real bonus is being able to meet up with our many RVing friends. Since everyone goes to the show, and there’s free camping for miles around, it’s turned into the social event of the season!
We had lots of meet-ups with friends old and new and some meet-ups that grew and grew until we had a whole collection of RV’s arranged in a circle. Each evening we would all get together for happy hour and campfires.
On the drive to Quartzsite, there is a spot that has drawn my attention and curiosity: the beautiful jagged mountains in the Kofa National Wildllife Refuge. In fact, we could see them from our boondocking spot in Quartzsite! So I did a little research and found out that there are some boondocking spots both in the refuge and just outside the refuge.
Excellent! We love us some free camping in stunning locations!! 🙂 And, after a week or so of constant socializing at Quartzsite, we were ready for some quality alone time. So off we went to Kofa, our first new discovery of the season.
Kofa is a protected area that is 25 by 40 miles of wilderness with no paved roads or facilities of any kind. Just miles and miles of beautiful wild space.
There are almost as many teddy bear cholla cacti here as the cholla garden at Joshua Tree!
Our first campsite was outside the refuge where we found this cool spiral labyrinth. Ray actually spotted it on Google Maps and we found it only a couple of hundred feet from where we were camped. I had to stand up in the back of the truck to get enough height to show the textures of the labyrinth.
After a few days and a little exploring, we decided to move further towards the mountains to a campsite inside the refuge that was close to some sunset locations I scouted out.
I love to spend my days exploring and finding interesting things and good compositions and then, when the light is nice, I return to make my images.
These mountains were quite magical because at the end of day, just when the sun goes below the horizon, there is a moment when everything goes dark, and then suddenly the mountains light up in a brilliant red. You have to be ready though because the red light on the mountains only lasts a minute and you’ll only get one composition for each sunset.
I’ve never seen any photographs from Kofa before, so I’m happy to add this spot as another fantastic new find!