Yuma, being the safest places to cross the Colorado River during the settling of the west, is steeped in history, but it has more to offer the visitor and resident.
Main street offers shopping, night life includes casinos, restaurants and sports bars, and the outdoor enthusiasts spend time in the Wetlands, on the river tubing, hiking and biking. Music and art lovers visit the theater and art center and golfers find more than one course to play.
Erected in 2007 by the West Mormon Battalion Foundation, this statue commemorates the 2000-mile march of the 1896 Mormon Battalion, who passed through Yuma to cross over into California, at the Colorado River’s narrows. The statue is part of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. You will find it near a footbridge, amid the Butterfly Garden in the West Wetlands Park. For more information visit www.usarmyofthewest.org.
The Bridge To Nowhere
Once the longest suspension bridge in the state at almost 800 ft. in length, the McPhaul Bridge was initially built in 1929 for motorists to cross the Gila River when traveling to or from Quartzite. Read More…
From tubing and kayaking to fishing and picnic parties, the Lower Colorado River area makes for a fun year-round family destination.
On October 25, 1911, the first plane ever to land in the state of Arizona did so right here in Yuma. Piloted by Robert G. Fowler, the Wright Model B biplane (also known as a “Cole Flyer”) weighed 800 pounds and was capable of reaching a top speed of 45 MPH. The plane housed a 30 HP engine that was rented from the famed Wright Brothers, who had made their historic flight years before.
Located in the southwest corner of Arizona, and known as the ‘Gateway to the Great Southwest’, Yuma holds the Guinness World Record as the sunniest city on earth!
Built in 1915, the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge was the first highway crossing of the lower Colorado and is the earliest example of a through truss bridge in Arizona. Read More…
With over 400 bird species in the area, birding is a popular year-round activity in Yuma County.
Part of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Pivot Point overlooks the Colorado River and is the historic site where the first railroad entered Arizona in 1877. Here you can view exhibits about the Yuma Crossing, and see the original concrete pivot where the railroad bridge would open up to let steamboats pass through, as well as a 1907 Baldwin locomotive known as the “ghost train”. From fall through early spring, you can experience an audio installation that re-creates the arrival of a steam locomotive. Located on Madison Avenue, on the banks of the Colorado Rover, Pivot Point is just around the corner from the Coronado Motor Hotel. For more information call (928) 373-5198 or visit www.YumaHeritage.org.
Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardens, Playgrounds, the Colorado River and more!
Located just a few blocks west of the Coronado Motor Hotel, Yuma’s 110-acre West Wetlands Park runs along the beautiful lower Colorado River, and is a wonderful year-round destination for bird watching, fishing, boating and kayaking, family gatherings, jogging and walking your dogs. Gather your friends and family for a day of fun on the water, or a BBQ picnic under one of the shaded ramadas. Read More…