The Yuma area offers many fine attractions and points of interest for tourists, visitors, and residents. There are attractions of appeal to all interests, including history buffs, river rats, bird watchers, & off road devotees. The rich history and scenic beauty of Yuma Arizona bring opportunities galore to enjoy a day in the sun. Yuma's points of interest go beyond the run of the mill tourist attraction, in part due to Yuma's unique climate and prominent place in the history of Western America. Yuma's location near Interstate 8 makes it an ideal place to stopover when traveling on vacation to Disneyland, Sea World, or many other Southern California attractions. We hope you enjoy our listing of Yuma Arizona Attractions.
We have added a Yuma Museum Page! The museums in the Yuma Area are attractions, but they deserve a page of their own. You can also find listings for Yuma area parks and recreational areas on the YumAZone.
Now sharing space with the Quartermaster Depot the Yuma Visitors Information Center provides information about Yuma attractions, shopping, restaurants, accommodations, and recreational activities. Local arts and crafts items as well as Yuma souvenirs and maps are for sale!
Sprague's Sports acts as the information contact for this 660 acre park located 16 miles NE of Yuma on Highway 95. 3/4 of a mile East of McPhaul's Bridge. Rifle, pistol and archery ranges are the centerpoints of the facility. Adair Ranges, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation, comprised of the Yuma Area Shooting and Recreation Clubs, who operate and maintain these ranges for all to safely enjoy.
Balloons over Yuma presented by Endeavor Ballooning! Experience beauty and tranquility while drifting over farm lands and desert landscapes as the sun rises over the Eastern mountains. Relax and find harmony while flying high with the birds over beautiful Yuma and surrounding areas.
In Felicity California, 8 miles west of Yuma on I-8 you will find the "Center of the World". as recognized by Imperial County and the country of France. Several unusual exhibits including a section of the original staircase from the Eiffel Tower make this stop worthwhile if you are traveling on I-8.
While access is limited to certain areas, the visitor center, 3-mile auto tour loop, and the 1-mile nature trail are among the areas that can be visited. Visitors accessing the shores of the refuge via boat will find miles of back channels that are ideal for fishing and birdwatching.
The Cocopah Speedway complex, purchased by the Cocopah Indian Tribe in June 2005, is located at Highway 95 and County 15th Street directly across the highway from the Cocopah Casino. Sand drags are a popular event!
This venue is a favorite for sand drag enthusiasts. Dome Valley Raceway's 1300 foot racetrack is equipped with professional racing Christmas tree and laser markers. Full restroom facilities and concession stands are on site!
El Golfo in Sonora Mexico is just a short 60 miles south of Yuma. Continuing on for 30 miles of mostly pristine beaches, El Golfo offers a sea side vacation that should not be missed. Make sure that your auto insurance has coverage in Mexico or buy a rider for your trip. For safety sake, consider traveling with a group of like minded people.
Check out the El Golfo Times website for news and more information about El Golfo.
Historic Downtown Yuma is often overlooked by Yuma visitors and residents. A morning or afternoon can be pleasurably spent exploring the many shops & dining options offered in the area. This area is used for street fairs and musical events throughout the year. Located in the area surrounding First Street and Main Avenue Historic Downtown Yuma is with walking distance of several Yuma area Attractions. Historic Downtown Yuma is now open to vehicular traffic but is best experienced by parking the car and enjoying a leisurely stroll. There are many surprises to be found in the courtyards and patios along main street.
The Imperial Sand Dunes, also known as the Algodones Dunes, are the largest sand dunes in California. 40 miles long and averaging 5 miles wide, the dunes are popular with many off road enthusiasts. With heights of over 300 feet from the desert floor the dunes are an impressive site located just 20 miles West of Yuma. The large crowds of off-road recreational seekers camped at the Dunes often causes travelers on the Interstate to mistake the parking areas for a small town.
The 665,400 acres of desert that make up the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge are home to big horn sheep and the only truely native Arizonan palm tree, oddly named the California Fan Palm.
Los Algodones, B.C. Mexico is a scant 10 mile drive from Yuma. The official name is Vicente Guerrero. Los Algodones offers a variety of local merchants and restaurants to choose from to enhance your Mexican adventure. The residents and visitors of Yuma also find that the health care providers offer an affordable alternative to the high costs seen for health care on the U.S. side of the border. The parking lots on the U.S. side of the border in Andrade California allow visitors to walk in to this town and return without the hassle of bringing your car back into the States.
Martinez Lake is a resort area located near the original townsite of Castle Dome Landing. There are two established resorts that offer marinas, cafes, campgrounds, and other amenities. Many houses are found on the shores of Fishers Lagoon and Martinez Lake. The Marine Corp maintains a recreational area there as well. The Imperial Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center is found nearby.
Anglers will find many opportunities for fishing at Martinez Lake. There are many Bass fishing tournaments held in the area each year. The lakes and backwaters offer the chance to get away from the crowds and drop a line in the water. The many private docks are perfect for kids to fish.
Fishers Landing Resort
Martinez Lake Resort
Located 18 miles North on Highway 95, the McPhaul "Swinging Bridge to Nowhere" is a Yuma oddity. Originally the Dome Bridge, the McPhaul Bridge was constructed by Yuma County and the State of Arizona in 1929. Built to allow users of the Yuma-to-Quartzite road (now Highway 95) to cross the Gila River, this suspension bridge, with a span of 798 feet, is no longer used after the road was diverted. Although damaged in 1990 by fire, this bridge outlasted its replacement which was destroyed by the flood of 1993.
Pony Rides...for all ages. Visit us just south of the airport seven days a week from October to May. Our hand walked ponies come in small, medium and large. A half hour can entertain from 1-3 children with several rides each on the same pony for $30 total or stay for an hour for $60.
We tour the ranch, go over a small bridge, logs, up and down hills, through the citrus trees. Lesson guidance offered appropriate for each child. Capable children can try riding on their own in our round pen. Bring your own bags or boxes and pick all the white grapefruit you want during the first few months of the year for a donation.
Call for seasonal ride info such as our Spooky Pony Rides around Halloween or to schedule a pony party for your event. Call for riding appointments, get address information and directions. Short notice okay, please no walk-ins. Cash only. Call 208-290-7423.
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension for Yuma County brings you this a plant resource and educational area.
Tumco is an abandoned gold mining town. This open area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). A few old buildings and some mine shafts are all that remain of the original mine and townsite.
An odd site is found in desert north of Yuma. For over 60 years people have been bringing in rocks in order to spell out their names and other messages in the desert. While best viewed from a low flying plane, the site is accessable via 4WD vehicles. Remember that many of these messages date back over 50 years and should not be disturbed. If you want to write your own message, BRING YOUR OWN ROCKS and leave alone the efforts of others.
A camel herd is the center point of this Yuma Attraction. Many other exotic and domestic desert animals can be seen as well. Children are delighted at discovering the petting zoo. A visit to the Wild World Zoo and Camel Farm is a fun family activity.
Open 9AM to 5PM Tuesday to Sunday
Admission: $5.00 (Seniors: $4.00)
The Yuma Art Center is operated by the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department. Featuring the 650 seat Historic Yuma Theatre, the Yuma Art Center has Four Visual Art Galleries as well as studios for local & visiting artists.
This 28 acre site is set aside for a botanical garden featuring Sonoran desert vegetation, a watershed model, a pond for wild and domestic waterfowl, and a display of antique farm equipment. Open to the public most weekend during the winter months. Also a favorite for weekday field trips by educational groups.
See the restored U.S. Army Quartermasters Depot! Yuma Visitor Center, transportation museum, gift shop, & picnic area. Formerly Yuma Crossing State Historic Park. Recently adopted by the City of Yuma to avoid closing by the state, the Quartermasters Depot now has free admission and is the site of the Yuma Visitors Center.
River tubing is a fun and popular way to cool off on a hot day but it's always a little bit of a hassle: Where do we get the tubes? Who's going to drive? How do we get our car at the end of the day? How do we carry our cooler? Where do we start? These are just some of the questions to answer when you're getting ready to float. Yuma River Tubing answers these questions and takes the hassle out of your trip so you can have all the fun. They offer a convenient meeting location, shuttle to the launching point, deluxe tubes, cooler tubes, life vests, and even a tube for your dog.
Tour the infamous prison first opened in 1876! 3,069 prisoners lived within the walls during the prison's 33 years of operation. Later the prison was used to house Yuma High School whose students to this day are still known as "Criminals". Despite efforts by the State of Arizona to close the park, The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area's campaign to save the Yuma Territorial Prison was successful. Save the Prison