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Hidden Valley Practice Landmine Area

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwestern Arizona between the city of Yuma and the town of Quartzsite in La Paz and Yuma counties. The Corps of Engineers is investigating and monitoring this area through the Formerly Used Defense Sites, or FUDS Program, for munitions and explosive hazards that may remain from previous military activity. This page provides information on Hidden Valley Practice Landmine Area, which is part of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge FUDS.

The Hidden Valley Practice Landmine Area project comprises 426 acres. The project area was used as a maneuver area in which munitions such as antitank mines, small arms ammunition, bombs, and target practice and high explosive munitions were used. Occasional light bivouac training also took place on this project area. In 1984, an M1 anti-tank practice mine was found by Kofa National Wildlife Refuge personnel. A single piece of fragmentation from a 37mm munition was also discovered in this area in 2008 by Corps of Engineers personnel.

Today, the property is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website, more than 80 percent of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is designated as wilderness. It offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy wildlife watching, photography, hiking, camping and limited hunting.

The Corps of Engineers continues to investigate the Hidden Valley Practice Landmine Area and is planning a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study to determine if additional clearance activities are required.

Contact Information

For more information about the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge – Hidden Valley Practice Landmine Area project, please call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District Public Affairs Office at 213-452-3921.

To learn more about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FUDS Program, please click here.