The Yuma Territorial Prison only operated for 33 years - the prison opened in July of 1876 when the first seven prisoners were locked into cells they'd hacked out of the granite of Prison Hill with their own hands. Over the next three decades, a total of 2,069 prisoners, including 39 women, lived within the prison's walls - surrounded by waters of the Colorado and the Gila, with the fearsome desert beyond.
Protects wildlife habitat along 30 miles of the lower Colorado River in Arizona and California, including the last unchannelized section before the river enters Mexico. The river and its associated backwater lakes and wetlands are a green oasis, contrasting with the surrounding desert mountains. More than 15,000 acres of Imperial National Wildlfie Refuge is designated as wilderness. Wilderness is protected to ensure that nature, not people is the primary influence on this
At one time, the population of Castle Dome City far exceeded that of Yuma. But when the mining boom faded, so did the once-rowdy town. Now Allen and Stephanie Armstrong have re-created a ghostly mining town of nearly two dozen buildings in a pristine desert setting surrounded by nearly 700,000 acres of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. Each building - from hotels and saloons to a blacksmith shop and general store - is pretty much a self-contained museum, filled to the rafters with authentic artifacts.
The Cocopah - the River People, in their language - have made their home along the lower Colorado River and its delta for more than 3,000 years. At the museum, you'll get a chance to learn about their ways of life and traditions. There's also a gift shop featuring original beadwork by Cocopah artists and other items.
One of the nation's largest mass of inland sand dunes, they are divided into three areas, beginning with Mammoth Wash in the north. Next is the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness, where motorized vehicles are not allowed and access is by foot or horseback only. The biggest and most heavily used part of the dunes begins at Highway 78 and continues south just past Interstate 8. More than 80,000 acres are open to off-highway vehicle use. Permit purchase information site, http://www.imperialsanddunes.net
Learn more about the historic Yuma Crossing at the spot where the first railroad train entered Arizona in 1877. The new plaza incorporates the original concrete pivot that allowed Yuma's railroad bridge to swing open for passing steamboats and features an authentic 1907 Baldwin locomotive. Don't miss the "ghost train" audio installation that re-creates the arrival of a steam locomotive and the lasers that after dark trace the path of the tracks across the original bridge.
This onetime home of a Yuma pioneer and entrepreneur, E.F. Sanguinetti, is one of downtown Yuma's oldest and most historic buildings. Now headquarters for the Rio Colorado Division of the Arizona Historical Society, it's a museum showcasing Yuma's earliest days, with rose gardens and an aviary.
For nearly 20 years beginning in 1864, all the military posts in the Southwest traced their lifelines to the Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Here on the high ground above the Colorado River, the U.S. Army's warehouses held a six-month supply of clothing, food, ammunition and other goods for forts in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas. This beautiful 10-acre park also includes exhibits describing the amazing engineering feats that brought irrigation water to the Yuma Valley in 1912.
We offer a variety of Jet Boat Tours including day trips with stops at historic sites, student field trips, canoe trips, photography and birding trips, or design your own custom charter. For a relaxing cruise, join us for a lunch or dinner cruise aboard the Colorado King sternwheeler, or set your own private charter. Canoe & Kayak trips offered in conjunction with Jerkwater Canoe Company. Join Yuma River Tours on the Colorado River for trip you will always remember!