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Kofa Mountains, Arizona
The Kofa Mountains, along with the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, are in
the southwest corner of Arizona. In addition to having important animal
habitat, cool rock formations and cactus including awesome stands of Teddy
Bear Cholla, the Kofas are home to some very unique trees. Tucked away high
in Palm Canyon is a smattering of California fan palms (Washingtonia filifera),
most of which occur in a single grove. These are the only native palms
in the entire state. Yes, there are more of these trees in California but
what you see in the last two photos on this page represent pretty
much all of the indigenous palms in the Grand Canyon State.


  Teddy Bear Cholla cactus in the Kofa Mountains in the Arizona desert   The mouth of Palm Canyon in the Kofa Mountains in the Arizona Desert (en route to see the native palm trees)   Teddy Bear Cholla cactus in the desert at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona   Teddy Bear Cholla cactus in the Kofa Mountains in the Arizona desert  

    Teddy Bear Cholla cactus in the Kofa Mountains in the Arizona desert   These California fan palms in the Kofa Mts. constitute the only grove of native, naturally ocurring palms in Arizona   These California fan palms in the Kofa Mts. constitute the only grove of native, naturally ocurring palms in Arizona