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Imperial National Wildlife Refuge
The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is a significant wildlife viewing area, attracting nearly 150,000 visitors each year. It was established in 1941 to provide habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife along 30 miles of the lower Colorado River, including the last unchannelized section bef...
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Quigley Wildlife Area
Description: The Quigley Wildlife Area encloses a remnant slough of the Gila River in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, one of the driest areas in North America. The area provides magnificent views across the Gila River floodplain to the Castle Dome, Palomas and other mountain ranges.

Wildlife to Watch: Several rare and endangered species including the Yuma clapper rail are recorded here, although they are more often heard than seen. Large concentrations of wintering waterfowl and shorebirds can be seen, along with significant numbers of neotropical migrants. Look for mourning and white-winged doves, snow geese, and osprey.

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Ownership: Arizona Game & Fish Dept 
Size: 612 acres 
Closest Town: Yuma


Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

White Winged Dove - photo by Bruce Taubert
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Driving Directions:
From Yuma, take I-8 east towards Phoenix. Exit at Avenue 40E or Tacna (exit 42), turn north and cross the railroad tracks. Go north for 1.3 miles then west onto a dirt road for 0.5 miles to the mesa on the southernmost boundary overlooking the ponds. To get to the northernmost boundary (in the Gila River floodplain), go north on Avenue 40E. From the railroad tracks, go 2.5 miles and turn west at the irrigation canal, following the dirt road on the south edge of the canal for 0.1 miles where the road crosses another irrigation canal.

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Quigley Wildlife Area : Wildlife Viewing Area