Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 3, 1969 · Page 58
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 58

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, April 3, 1969
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what to do Phoenix 4-Wheelers Roundup under way at Ranch 10i1t annual event offers different adventures daily to 1,500 taking part Phoenlt, Units., April 3, 1969 The Arizona Republic 35 Republic Photo by John J. Harrigan Impressive Kofa range near Yuma challenges hikers Desolate Kofa Mountains ruggedly beautiful range By JOHN J. HARRIG AN Western Arizona Bureau SUMMIT PEAK - The .Kofa Mountains are a stubborn, rocky, perpendicular, -starkly beautiful range that .opposes human invasion from every angle. . The 9-mile, stony access road to Palm Canyon argues with automobile tires and stretches suspension systems to their limits, right up to the parking area. Palm Canyon is worth the fight if only for a peek at the few dozen mysterious palms Special Feature Page 20 concealed in a cleft about midway into the canyon on the north side. The Kofa Mountains specimens are the only palm native to Arizona. They are found in several canyons in the range. In Palm Canyon, the walk from the parking area to the major palm group is about 30 minutes of gradual uphill plodding on a well-trodden path. But the walk to the top of the main canyon is a round trip of nearly && hours over sandy paths, into washes, shrubby and grassy verdant areas, then over a steady jumble of rocks. The path takes a climber under tunnel-like crevices created by gargantuan boulders sandwiched into the narrow canyon and finally into a steep hillside clearing near the rim at the 4,000-foot level. Seemingly desolate and hostile in attitude, ruggedly beautiful Plain Canyon is anything but lifeless. A recent trip into the area was greeted at the Canypn floor by a hostile hummingbird that first watched the hikers suspiciously from a palo verde tree, then dive- bombed the invaders with a single pass. Game manager Gerald Duncan of the Kofa Refuge office in Yuma said later it was; not unusual for an over ; night;open-air camper in the Kofa'Mountains to wake up nose-to-nose with a humming* bird. ; "They're curious and want to know what you're doing in their area," Duncan said. The Kofa Game Refuge office has recorded three kinds of hummingbird in the Kofas: Costas, Annas and Rufous. Other common birds in the canyons are gambel quail, sparrow hawk, doves, screech owl, elf owl, Gila and ladder-backed woodpecker. Hammond's Phoebe, colorful verdin (chickadee-like), house wren, rock wren, mockingbird, black-tailed gnatcatch- er, ruby-crowned kinglet, phainopepla, loggerhead shrike, 10 species of warbler, house finch", brown towhee and 13 species of sparrow, of which the black-throated variety is most common. In all, 124 bird species are known to occur in the range. Some of the rarer ones are the peregrine falcon, spotted sandpier, turkey vulture which has a six-foot wingspread and violet-green swallow. Occasional year-round visitors include the golden ea- gle, roadrunner, raven, thrasher and cactus wren. i Avocets, herons, egrets, ducks and other water birds fly accidentally into the area from nearby Imperial Refuge but soon Hurry back to their watery nests on the Colorado. Palm Canyon is slight of foliage in its sandy washes and outright stingy with plant life on its narrow, rocky cliff- sides. A botanical surprise awaits the visitor with heart and horsepower to make its crest. There is the shadow of Sum- mit'Peak, elevation 4,460, an outhouse-shaped promontory believed to have inspired an earlier name for the range, and Signal Peak, elevation 4,870, on a steep grassy hillside is an island of Upper Sonoroan desert, the island is a meld of plants both upper and lower Sonoran, plants peculiar to southeastern Arizona, Gila Bend, Kingman and Yuma County. Here century plants, scrub oak and desert fir share rocky slopes with saguaro, yucca, blue palo verde and creosote bush. While the Kofas are best known for the Bighorn Sheep, for which the refuge was created, the possibilities of spotting any in a single afternoon are remote. Dozens of plant species are found throughout the Kofa Range. Refuge officials said then have collected 36 grass species, several of which grow in Palm Canyon, 16 leguminous plant types, six species of mallow, two kinds of phlox, two types of primrose and 24 plants in the family "Compositae," which includes turpentine bush, ragweed, snakeweed, brittle bush, white burr-sage and others. Name your poison — collectors have discovered Mormon tea, coffee bush and desert tobacco. There is a mind- bending bush the Indians considered sacred, datura, or Indian apple; and, in the same family (Solanaceae), ground cherry and deadly nightshade. For photographers in the spring, the Kofas are alive with flowers, yellow prim- roie^is.undrpps, monkey flower, .verbena, larkspur, poppy (golden, Arizona, Mexican, California), lupine, desert sunflower,, .desert marigold, trailing f o u r -o 'c 1 o c k and Anguilla shows snookish tarpon MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - The tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla has had its troubles lately. First it was the British invasion and now it's a 6-cent stamp that shows a beautiful fish labeled tarpon that obviously is a snook. The stamp was issued Feb. 25 by the combined governments of St. Christopher, Nevis and Anguilla, the Miami News said. The fish depicting a tarpon on the stamp has two dorsal fins, a striple from head to tail and an elongated snout. . all snook characteristics. many others. And to keep happy, thereas a "sweetbush," or la's delight." the lizards thing called "chuckwal- WITTMANN — Arizona's only week-long four-wheeling event, the 10th annual Phoenix 4-Wheelers Roundup, is under way this week at the Phoenix 4 Wheelers fianch 6V Z miles north of Wittmann, between Phoenix and Wickenburg. The approximately 1,500 persons taking part face a different four-wheeling adventure each day. The Pony Express rally, patterned after the sports car rally, is scheduled for today. It is a timed event with an average speed of less than 10 miles an hour. Four Wheelers Rodeo is scheduled for tomorrow and will feature four - wheel drive games such as blindfold bucking contest, bulldogging contest, calf roping and bronc busting with classes for both men and women. Trophies will be given for winners of the Pony Express rally and the rodeo games. The National Four Wheel drive Association regulations will be followed to insure, maximum safety. Two main trail drives are on Saturday's program. One, "Rough Riders, 1 ' requires roll bar or hard top and seat belts for all passengers. The "Dude Run" will be a family trip. Both will travel most types of terrain found in Arizona. Campfire activities such as BASSET RUN PLANNED The Funny Bunny Run, a practice field trial for bas- sethounds will be staged by the Valle del Sol Basset Hound Club, April 13, at Green Acres Farm, on Elliot Road west of Dobson. There is no charge for the event and all basset owners are invited. potluck dinners, movies and dances are being held each night. Tomorrow night will feature a dance with live music. A barbecue dinner is also scheduled for Saturday night. Easter sunrise services, an Easter egg hunt and breakfast will be Sunday highlights. Any four - wheel - drive owner can attend as much of the event as he wishes for a fee of $4. The P4W Ranch is a permanent four - wheelers campground which has been under construction by members of the Phoenix 4 Wheelers for two years. The land is leased from The Bureau of Land Management and is believed to be the first permanent campsite in the nation for four wheel drive clubs. The ranch includes such conveniences as toilets, streets, fenced campfire corral with dance floor and stage, plotted camp spots and fenced playground corral with swings. A club spokesman said the ranch has two special features for four wheelers — a large sandy wash and no cactus. DWG Locations 2347 E. McDowell Rd. 344 E. 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