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Kofa Wilderness

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Area Management

The Kofa Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Kofa Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

-- All pets must be confined unless they are sporting dogs assisting with a hunt of quail and/or cottontail rabbits.

-- Amplified music is not permitted.

-- Wood may be collected outside of wilderness areas for campfires provided it is down, dead, and detached. No wood may be collected to take off the refuge for home use.

-- Collecting of rocks and minerals, prospecting, and treasure hunting is prohibited, except that surface collecting of rocks is permitted inside a 1.5 square mile area known as Crystal Hill. Possession of rocks there is limited to 10 specimens or 10 pounds (whichever comes first) within any 12-month period.

-- Hunting is permitted within State and Federal guidelines. Please contact the Refuge Manager for more details.

-- All vehicles, including trailers, dirt bikes, quads and UTVs must remain on designated roads. No off-roading is permitted. Vehicles may be parked no further than 100 feet from the designated roads, although tents, table, etc. may be placed further from the designated roads.

-- Camping is limited to 14 nights within any 12 consecutive month period.

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