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.
Follow the paths through the hummingbird and butterfly gardens and enjoy the light scent of blossoming southwestern desert flora that ranges from fairy duster flowers to blooming sage, yuccas, bird of paradise, chaste and a variety of cactus. Hummingbirds zoom all over the place in a territorial frenzy, while butterflies float along with the cool morning and late afternoon breezes. You’ll see bunnies scampering through the lower shrub areas, along with an abundant variety of bird life that ranges from hawks and osprey to roadrunners, flycatchers, waterfowl, and egrets. A statue honoring the Mormon Battalion can be found at end of the butterfly garden, reminding us all how Yuma was a crossing grounds for many explorers and expeditions including the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition from Mexico to San Francisco.
Other highlights include a boat launch and boat trailer parking area of Centennial Beach, a 15ft stocked fishing pond, Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground, and plenty of walking trails. As one stands amid the colorful desert flowers and lively birdlife, and soak in the views of the lush green areas and the Colorado River, it’s hard to believe this oasis was once the local landfill!