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.
The Ocean to Ocean Bridge with St. Thomas Indian Mission in the distance.
Yuma Art Center, due to a tragic fire that claimed the building which hosted the Yuma Art Center, current cultural offerings are staged in various locations in town. For information on activities and events call (928)783-2314.
Casa De Coronado Museum, located on the hotel property, is rich with the history of the hotel, Best Western, and tourism of Arizona, as well as Yuma. For more about this museum, click here. It is open by appointment only.
Mormon Battalion Statue
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.
Colorado River State Historic Park (formerly Quartermaster Depot), is probably the oldest American-built structure in Yuma. Located on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River, it was used as a major supply center for troops during the Indian Wars of the 1870’s.
Yuma Territorial Prison State Park, located at Giss Parkway and Prison Hill Road. 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 8:00 am to 5pm. June 1- August 31: Open Thurs.-Mon. Closed Tues. & Wed. June 1- August 31: 9am-5pm. Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday.
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…
Robert J. Moody Garden
Whether you are a local Yuman or a visitor, the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden offers a fantastic learning landcsape to share all the diverse plants you can grow in Yuma. It’s an activity on the annual Yuma Bird, Nature and History Festival (next one is Jan. 10-12, 2020).
Arizona Big Historical Society Sanguinetti House Museum, Located at 240 Madison Avenue Yuma, Az. 85364, the Sanguinetti House Museum was constructed in 1870”s and was purchased in 1890 by pioneer merchant E.F. Sanguinetti. Calls can be made to (928)7882-1841.
Fun On The Colorado River in Yuma Five Riverfront Activities for the Whole Family
From tubing and kayaking to fishing and picnic parties, the Lower Colorado River area makes for a fun year-round family destination.
Old Plank Road, was built near the turn of the century to facilitate travel over the Arizona/California sands. Made of wooden planks, it supported the wheels of pioneer wagons and early automobiles. You’ll find the monument, with remnants 17 miles west of Yuma, north of I-8.
Quechan Indian Museum, contains many tribal artifacts and the headquarters for the Quechan Indian Tribe. It is located in Fort Yuma, one of the oldest military posts in the Arizona Territory and offered protection for the settlers in the day and secured the Yuma Crossing. The Museum is on Indian Hill Road, across the Colorado River, near the Territorial Prison.
Robert G. Fowler Statue
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.
The Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge
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…
One of the best places to let the kids (and dogs) run around is at West Wetlands Park, located just around the corner from the Hotel at 282 N. 12th Avenue. Part of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, this 110-acre park lies along wth lower Colorado River area and features a boat launch with trailer parking, a sandy beach area, ramadas for picnics, two gardens, shaded walking paths and multi-use trails.
The park also has a dog park, fishing pond, 9-hole disc golf course, and two playgrounds, with one being the Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground. Also known as Castle Park, this unique ADA playground has been recognized as one of the largest creative playgrounds, as well as one of the top 20 playgrounds in the country, for being “impressive, accessible and inclusive.”
Bird Watching in Yuma
With over 400 bird species in the area, birding is a popular year-round activity in Yuma County.
The Historic Yuma Theater, is located at 224 Main Street in a restored art deco building, circa 193. The original carbon arc projectors and excellent acoustics are still intact. The Gene Savage Memorial Organ was recently restored and installed and will be the only working theater organ in the state. Tours are available by request by calling the Cultural Council of Yuma.
Pivot Point Interpretive Plaza
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.
Yuma West Wetlands
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…
Yuma Year-Round Walk by Tucson Volkssport Walking Klub – Starting and ending at the historic Coronado Motor Hotel, the walk route follows Yuma city sidewalks, paved bike paths, and gravel paths, through city parks, along the Colorado River, past many historic sites including the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, and Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, and through the Yuma downtown area which offers numerous and interesting shopping experiences. To learn more, click here.
Thanks to the Yuma Art Center and NexGen Yuma’s Mural-a-Month Program, new murals are popping up all over our sunny city!