|Yuma Crossing State Historic Park
master Depot was authorized by Congress in 1865 and served the entire southwest as a
materiel transfer and distribution point for troops stationed at the military outpost of
the Arizona Territory. For more information, please call (928) 329-0471. Admission fee
Yuma Conservation Garden
The Yuma Conservation Garden offers the casual visitor a tantalizing glimpse onto a land
of little rain, a place of spectacular and unusual beauty the Sonoran Desert. Part
botanical garden, outdoor laboratory, animal refuge and farm equipment museum, the garden
is a network of paths through time. Located on 32nd Street next to the Yuma County
Fairgrounds. Hours may vary seasonally. For more information, please call (928)
Yuma Territorial Prison State Park
Located at Giss Parkway, and Prison Hill Rd. Between 1876 and 1909, this penitentiary
housed many of Arizona's most dangerous criminals. Famed in literature, movies and
television, the remains of the prison are now an Arizona State Park. The cells, main gate
and guard tower have endured as grim reminders of frontier justice. Museum exhibits
document the story of the prison. Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day except Christmas.
Admission fee charge. Interpretive programs are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For more
information, please call (928) 783-4771.
Gold Rock Ranch
Located 22 miles Northwest of Yuma. Take I-8 West to Ogilby Road Exit and follow the signs
about nine miles North to a sign pointing to Gold Rock Ranch Trading Post; about one mile
West on the graded road. The residence of the Walker family. Visitors are welcome. Rock
and antique shop. Camping and prospecting. For information, write to Gold Rock Ranch, P.O.
Box 728, Winterhaven, Calif., 92283. (They have no telephone.)
Century House Museum
Located at 240 S. Madison Ave. A regional museum of the Arizona Historical Society.
Century House is one of Yumas oldest and most historical buildings. Once the home of
pioneer merchant E.F. Sanguinetti, the museum now exhibits artifacts, photographs
and furnishings of Arizonas territorial period. Colorful gardens and aviaries with
exotic and talking birds are maintained as they were at the turn of the century.
Historical Library and Gift Shop are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays,
year round. Admission: Donation. Call for tours, films and lectures. For information, call
The Peanut Patch
Located 4322 East County 13th St., (1.5 mi. east of Avenue 3E). The Peanut Patch brings
you some of the finest peanuts and peanut products in the west. The peanuts are cleaned,
shelled, packaged and made available through the retail store. Please call for tour
information (928) 726-6292.
Yuma River Tours
History comes alive on the legendary Colorado River with the Knowlton Family. Narrated
jet boat tours through the Imperial Wildlife Refuge, a scenic wilderness wonderland filled
with history and bird watching. Choose from a variety of tour packages: A day trip to
Lonesome includes lunch, and stops at a miner's cabin, Indian Petroglyphs, Picacho and
Lonesome's Knoll. Tour is from 9:30 until 2:30. The Drapper Deluxe includes lunch and
stops at the Imperial Wildlife Refuge, old ranch sites, rock cabins built in the 1800's
and more. Tour time is 9:30-5:00. You can even take a custom three hour tour with lunch,
or a sunset dinner cruise. YRT office is located at 1920 Arizona Ave. and the tours depart
from Fisher's Landing, approximately 32 mi. Northeast of Yuma. Take Hwy. 95 North to
Martinez Lake Rd. Turn Left, drive for 10 mi. to Fisher's Landing. The boat can be found
behind Olsen's store. For information, call (928) 783-4400.
First Air Travel
The first plane to land on Arizona soil dropped out of the sky into a ball park between
1st and 3rd Streets on 4th Avenue, October 25, 1911. Robert G. "Bob" Fowler was
flying a Wright model B, 30 hp two-prop biplane. He landed his biplane in Yuma during a
history making flight that began in Santa Monica, CA and ended by rolling the wheels of
his biplane into the Atlantic surf of Miami, FL. A monument acknowledging the first flight
into Yuma, Arizona is located at 195 4th Ave.
Cocopah Bingo and Casino
Located South on Highway 95 and County 15th St. Bonanza and Mini Bonanza Bingo, do it
yourself pull tabs available, Letter "E" progressive every weekend. Ask about
holidays "FREE" Bingo. Slot machines, video poker machines and video keno
machines. For information call (928)726-8066.
Imperial Date Gardens/The Dome
The date is one of the oldest cultivated tree crops, being cultured more than 5,000 years
ago. The Imperial Date Gardens are one of the leading Medjool Date producers. Dates are
harvested September through November. The Imperial Date Gardens and the Dome feature fresh
dates, produce, nuts and candies. Take 4th Avenue north into California. Turn right on
S-24 and follow approx. 6 miles to Ross Road. Turn right and follow, approx. 12 mi.
Imperial Date Gardens is on your left. For information, call (619)572-0277.
Rancho Del Sol
Located at 1691 E. County 16th Street. Citrus packing and shipping shed. Take a tour and
see how the citrus is raised, handled and processed. Nov. May. The store is open
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (928) 726-0592.
Come play at
Paradise Casino Yuma's newest gaming facility! Located at 540 Quechan Drive, Yuma.
Take 4th Avenue into Calif., turn right on S-24, then follow the signs, the Casino will be
on your right. Paradise is this area's only 24hour casino. Try your luck on their reel
slots, enjoy live gaming, or play a few hands of Bingo, Bridge or Keno. Visit the 24hr.
restaurant, lounge, and espresso bar. Convenient shuttle bus service is available. Both
the casino and bus service are handicap accessible. Call toll free: 1-888-777-4946 for
Located on Highway 95, 5 mi. South of Yuma. The Napa Auto Parts Desert Racing Series will
feature weekly racing events from February - June, and September - December, and a 4th of
July Celebration. The track's spacious infield is the site of stadium type off-road racing
events. Prices for regularly scheduled events are :$7 for adults; $6 for military, Sr.
citizens, high school students & children, 6-12 years of age; under 6 years old are
admitted free. Prices vary for special events . For more information call (928)
Fort Yuma (1849-1885) & Quechan Indian Museum
Fort Yuma - Quechan Museum was built in 1851 as the officer's mess at Fort Yuma, a U.S.
Army military post. The museum, established by the Tribe depicts history of the Quechans,
military and the early Spanish explorers. Museum hours: 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and 1 p.m. to 5
p.m. Mondays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, closed holidays. Admission is
$1.00, children under 12 are admitted free. (Please no rock hounding on the reservation.)
Located off of S-24 in California. For information, please call (619) 572-0661.
Yuma Desalting Plant
Located at 7301 Calle Agua Salada. Take 8th St. West 5 mi. next to Yucca Power Plant.
World's largest reverse osmosis desalting plant was completed in 1992 and cost approx.
$158 million. Reverse osmosis is the separation of one component of a solution from
another component, (in this case salt from the water). This is achieved by forcing saline
water through a semipermeable plastic membrane, allowing only the freshly desalted water
to pass through. This process removes
301 Main A Contemporary Visual Art Exhibition Site
301 Main is operated by the Yuma Fine Arts Association as a dedicated visual art facility.
Exhibitions focus on artists from Arizona and the Southwest Region. Exhibitions include
paintings, sculptures, photographs and other evolving art forms. 301 Main is open
year-round, and is located directly South of the Main St. Plaza in Historical Downtown
Yuma. For information, contact (928) 783-2314.
All American Canal
Located five miles West of Yuma on I-8. One of the world's largest irrigation canals,
serving 675,000 acres of cultivated land in Calif. and Arizona and extends 80 miles
through the desert. Also delivers water to Mexico in accordance with the Mexican Water
Treaty. The freeway will cross the canal.
St. Thomas Mission
Fort Yuma built on the ground of the original Concepción Mission where Father Garces
was massacred by insurgent Yuma Indians in 1781. The mission is a reminder of Yumas
historical past, which dates back to the coming of Jesuit Priests from Mexico in 1539.
Arrangements must be made for guided tours. Services are held on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.
and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Located off of S-24
Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive
Located at the Yuma Quartermaster State Historic Park. Engine #2521 was built in 1907 by
Baldwin Locomotive Works, Schenectady, N.Y., and logged an estimated total of 2,500,000
mi., including service through Yuma. She is a Class C-9 engine, weighs 193,700
Lbs. loaded, exerted 45,470 Lbs. of tractive effort in her heyday. She measures more than
79 ft. stem to stern. She was retired and presented to the City of Yuma in 1957.
Morales Dam in Old Mexico
Located 7 mi. S.W., near Algodones, the multimillion dollar dam and diversion structure is
on the Colorado River; named for a Mexican Patriot.
Ehrlich's Date Garden
Located at 868 South Avenue B. A garden of more than 300 date trees, including more than
eight varieties. Harvesting begins in August and continues through October. The store is
open 9 am - 5 pm daily. For information call (928)783-4778.
Yuma County Fairgrounds
Located on 32nd street between Pacific and Avenue 3E. Numerous events are held throughout
the year, such as the Yuma County Fair, Silver Spur Rodeo, 4H Barbecue, and live horse
racing to name a few. For information call (928)726-4420.
Picacho State Recreation Area
Located 23 miles North of Yuma. Take 4th Avenue North across the 4th Avenue bridge into
California, past I-8, take S-24 and head North, but continue North on Picacho Road when
S-24 turns right to Ross Road. A few miles past Ross Road, the road turns to gravel much
of the way, but can be traveled by passenger cars. Check road conditions with Imperial
County deputies at the Winterhaven Substation, (619) 572-0229. There is an overnight
camping fee, (limit/45 days per year). Chemical toilets, solar shower, boat launch,
campsites, hiking trails, fishing, and from Oct.May, weekend campfire programs and
guided nature walks. Sand Dunes
Located 20 miles west of Yuma , the dunes surround both sides of I-8 . It is illegal to go
into the sand dunes from the rest stop 17 miles West of Yuma, so go West on I-8 to Gray's
Well exit to Frontage Road that leads to the dunes. Locale for movies and TV from the
Valentino days to present. The "Great American Sahara" is a photographer's
dream. "Dune Buggy" playground.
A 10 acre wildlife interpretive area on Mittry Lake. Take Highway 95 to Ave. 7E, turn left
and go 9 mi. past Laguna Dam, and turn left at the sign. A half mile self-guided tour;
easy walking; bird watching and fishing. Bulletin board; vault toilet. For guided tours,
and other information, call (928)627-2773.
|Colorado King I Paddle Boat
Colorado River with a relaxing ride on the Colorado King I Paddle Boat. This boat is a
replica of history on the river; Dining and weddings are popular. Located 32 mi. northeast
of Yuma. Take Hwy 95 East until you come to Martinez Lake Rd., 2 1/2 miles past the large
guns. Take a left and drive for 10 mi. to Fisher's Landing. You'll find the paddle boat
behind Olsen's store. Office located at 1640 S. 4th Ave. Call for costs & reservations
Located 16 miles Northeast on Highway 95, with entry 3/4 mi. East of McPhaul's bridge.
Covering 660 acres, this park has nine rifle, pistol and archery ranges. There is also a
baseball diamond, radio control model airplane strip, picnic areas and camping sites
available. Shooting matches and other activities are frequently scheduled at the ranges.
For schedules or reservations, call Sprague's Sports and RV, Inc., (928) 726-0022.
Located 75 miles Northeast of Yuma. Head East on Highway 95 about 55 miles. Turn off right
to Palm Canyon. The 10 mile road from Highway 95 to the canyon entrance is dirt and curvy,
but not hilly. At the end of the road is a parking lot. From there, palms may be reached
only on foot via a tough one mile climb to the canyon, located more than half way up the
cliffs on the left.
Castle Dome Mountains
Located 46 miles Northeast on Highway 95. The tallest peak (3,793 ft.) is famed Castle
Dome located within the Kofa Game Range, although the Kofa and Castle Dome Mountains are
not especially high, they are extremely rugged and rise sharply from the surrounding
desert plains, providing ideal bighorn sheep country. For information contact Kofa
National Wildlife Refuge, 356 W. First Street, Yuma AZ 85364. (928) 783-7861.
Old Plank Road
Take I-8 West to Gray's Well Exit then take Frontage Road on the South side of I-8 and
continue West, the monument is on the left. (Cannot be seen from I-8) The plank road was
used as the only means for travel through the sand dunes by wagon and automobiles between
1915 and 1926.
Center of the World
Located at Felicity, CA., 9 miles west on I-8 to Sidewinder Road exit. Turn right and
take Frontage Road on the north side of the interstate. The village features a 21 ft. tall
pyramid, a section of the Eiffel Tower Stairs and new Sundial with Michelangelo's
"Arm of God". Major feature is the Granite Wall of the Ages (R). Gift shop is
open from Thanksgiving to mid April. Hours daily are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Optional tour and
certificate is $1. For more information, call (619) 572-0100.
The remains of the adobe home of a Yuma pioneer. Jose Maria Redondo, can be reached by
heading East on Highway 95. Turn North, at Ave. 7E, go over the Gila River, continue North
for almost a mile where there is a gravel road that leads to an electrical relay station;
another two blocks and the ruins are on the right.
McPhaul "Swinging Bridge to Nowhere"
Located 18 miles North on Highway 95. Once bridging the great Gila River, this oddity now
spans only shifting sands of the desert. An engineering feat, completed in 1929. The
Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay follows this style. Given the name Dome Bridge,
it was later renamed honoring an old timer, Harry McPhaul, who came to Arizona in 1897. He
was a guard at the Yuma Territorial Prison, later a city police officer, then went into
mining. It was because of his mining properties in the vicinity, the bridge bears his
Saihati Camel Farm
Enjoy close encounters with animals of the Arabian Desert and one of the largest camel
herds in North America. Some include: Arabian Camels, Arabian Oryx, African Pygmy Goats,
Asian Water Buffalo, Scimitar-horned Oryx, Watusi Cattle and much more. The farm is
located on Avenue 1E and County 16th Street. To get there take 32nd Street east to Avenue
3E. Turn right on Avenue 3E and drive to County 16th Street for (5 miles), then right on
County 16th and drive (2 miles) to Avenue 1E. The farm will be on your right. Tours are
given twice daily, from Monday - Saturday at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m., and on Sundays at 2
p.m. The farm is closed from June 1 to September 30. Admission is $3.00 per person. For
more information and reservations, please call (928) 627-2553.
Old Tumco Ghost Town & Gold Mine
Located 22 miles Northwest of Yuma , take Interstate 8 west to Ogilby Road exit, and drive
north for 9 miles. Once a roaring mining town of Hedges, later known as Tumco, claimed
3,000 people in 1880. Between 1870 and 1909, Tumco mines poured out $11 million in gold
and several saloons, two cemeteries, two churches, and a school, but little remains.
Beware of open mine shafts, and a four wheel drive vehicle is necessary.
Historic Downtown Yuma
Stroll through landscaped walkways and enjoy specialty shops and unique dining
establishments. Experience the energy as the heart of Yuma is revitalized. Historic
Downtown Yuma where the number one priority is individualized attention and
Located within 80 miles of Yuma, scores of gem locations may be found. "Rock
Hounds," will find happy hunting grounds for kaynite, garnet, tourmaline, talc, and
alusite, pyrite, magnetite, agate, jasper, root and palm fiber, rhyolite, chalcedony
roses, cat's eye quartz, petrified wood, etc. For specific information contact the local