City of Yuma

SLAP ON THE SUNBLOCK and gear up for adventure — a visit to the Sunniest City on Earth is filled with an abundance of vitamin D and uniquely Yuman experiences!

Located alongside the Colorado River in the southwestern-most reaches of Arizona, and in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Yuma is rich with history and unbounded outdoor recreation. In the 1840s, Yuma was put on the map as the safest spot to cross the once Mighty Colorado. Today, the tamed waterway is prime for boating, skiing, swimming, fishing and floating. Head for the riverfront to take a dip, then kick back and soak in some rays on the sandy Arizona beaches. Or, have your watercraft in tow and launch at one of several freshwater lakes and reservoirs.

By sundown, Yuma really springs to life. At the Yuma Palms Regional Center, there are plenty of shops to peruse throughout the outdoor village. In Yuma’s Historic Downtown district, homegrown businesses serve up entertainment, food, and locally made products. Across the city, residents and visitors take to 40 parks and 9 athletic complexes for an evening stroll or sports activities under the lights. Then, when it’s time to check in for the night, Yuma’s more than 4,000 hotel and motel rooms are ready to accommodate families and budgets of all sizes.

 City of Yuma Top 10:

  1. To start planning your getaway to the Gateway of the Great Southwest, go to Once you’re here, stop by the Visitor Information Center at 201 N. 4th Avenue, or call 800-293-0071.
  2. Get locked up at Arizona’s first territorial prison. Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park is open seven days a week through May 31, then closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between June 1 and September 30.
  3. Learn about Colorado River history at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, open seven days a week through May 31, then closed on Mondays between June 1 and September 30. Home to the Visitor Information Center and Yuman Interest Gifts & Souvenirs Shop.
  4. Schedule a visit to a true ghost town, located just outside of Yuma — the Castle Dome Mine Museum. Call 928-920-3062 for hours.
  5. Shop, dine, and be entertained in Historic Downtown Yuma.
  6. Take the kids to the Valley Aquatic Center, Yuma’s largest pool play area. Season begins May 27. Non-resident admission is $3 per child, $5.50 per adult 18 and older.
  7. Tee it up at one of Yuma’s 12 golf courses, featuring beautifully manicured greens and desert scenery.
  8. Try your luck at one of Yuma’s three nearby casinos: Cocopah Casino & Resort, Quechan Casino Resort, and Paradise Casino.
  9. Enjoy Yuma’s restored riverfront areas with pathways and beaches at East Wetlands Park, Gateway Park, and West Wetlands Park featuring the Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground.
  10. Grab a brew with conviction at Prison Hill Brewing Company — Yuma’s only craft brewery.

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20 Jun 2017

By Elaine Earle