Interesting place, lots of history
Too hot May-October
Great place for quiet and space if you are not into many activities
The Yuma Territorial Prison started when seven inmates were sent to the prison in July 1876. They were housed in cells they built thenselves. In the 33 years the prison operated 3069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls of the prison. The park is open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily except it closes at 2PM on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas...more
Yuma Territorial Prison State Park - Between 1876 and 1909, this penitentiary housed many of Arizona's most dangerous and notorious criminals. Famed in movies, literature and television, the remains of the prison are now Arizona's most visited State Historic Park. The cells, main gate and guard tower have endured as grim reminders of frontier...more
Reliably Nice Lodging - I've stayed here 5 times in the past two years while on work travel. Next to...more
Im speach less.... The only thing i have to say is wow im amaized by the staff... They really follow...more
Spacious studio suites, innovatively laid out, stylishly furnished and smartly designed with...more
Greatly attentive waitress from Kansas, nice white wine, I had skewered shrimp kebab and barbecue style butterfly chicken. This is a chain although the contact details below are Yuma franchise.The crazy thing in here is being fed monkey nuts continually before and during dinner - you throw the shells on the floor and they are pulverized into the...more
Brownie's is a small, diner-like place near central Yuma that is a favorite with the locals, especially for a weekend breakfast.It's cheap too, and you can usually get out of there for under $5/person for breakfast.The food is about level with IHOP (which has a location near the interstate), but Brownie's is just more friendly and more "real" than...more
Looking for something to do after dark in Yuma? Hmm... it's NOT a place for party animals, I am sure. You can cross the newly restored Ocean to Ocean Bridge to the Paradise Casino, Fourth Avenue North (tel. 888/777-IWIN), across the Colorado River on the Quechan Indian Reservation, and try your luck. Hmm... I didn't do it.I was sleeping and...more
The old downtown Yuma is located at the northern tip of the city right by Colorado River. A good section of the main street (called Main St.) is blocked for pedestrian use only. There are some restaurants and bars, but not too exciting. The famous one is the "Lutes Casino", which used to be a gambling place but now a restaurant and a bar. I don't...more
Yuma is located on Interstate 8, making its accessibility from California or points East expedient and convenient. I arrived to Yuma from Tijuana, Mexico via San Diego - driving just I-8 (Interstate 8 freeway). Then I drove I-8 to I-10 to Saguro National Park and Tucson, Arizona, then I-19 to Nogales on Mexican border.Enlarge my map to see my...more
While planning your trip to Yuma, always keep in mind that you may survive 40 days without food, but here in Yuma, you will not survive without WATER. During the Springtime, and Summer months, temps can rise from 65 degrees in the morning to well over 100 degrees in the late afternoon. It is essential that you carry pleanty of water with you when...more
Enlarge my map to see where Arizona is. Yuma is located in southwest corner of Arizona (marked by 1 in green square on my map).To get to Yuma except driving a car you can choose a lot of possibilities:1. train (Amtrak) by Texas Eagle train: Orlando, Florida - Los Angeles, California or Chicago, Illinois - Los Angeles, California. MORE:Yuma Amtrak...more
Driving empty streets of Yuma early in the morning (8 a.m. is early morning there in April hehe) I noticed a few gift stores along Main Street. All were closed that time but... I remembered that one: The Traveling Traders. Interesting "drive-in window shopping" :-). HOURS:Mon - Sat 10AM to 5PM. Local Indian handicraft and music: click heremore
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Yuma's history is all about crossing the Colorado River. The first recorded river crossing by the Westerners took place in 1775, when Spanish colonizing expedition lead by Juan Bautista de Anza successfully crossed the Colorado River with the help from Chief Olleyquotequiebe, or "Palma" as called by Anza, of the local Quechan tribe who controlled...more
Looking for info on Yuma in internet I found uaually different prices (on accommodations, entrance fees etc.) than later in Yuma.It seems that prices are fixed but often changing there. Hmm... if you are on a low budget better to remember it.Usually prices for tourist attractions, accommodations are lower in summer (May - October).more
Yuma is one of the hottest places in the USA in summer, or more exactly from May to October.
In summer high temperatures are usually over 100F = 38C (sometimes even 110F = 43C), low over 70F (21C).
Check the 10-day forecast for Yuma:
National Weather Service
Unique Suggestions: My top 5 advices:
1. Wear very light (and too large :-) clothes made of natural materials (cotton) and a hat,
2. stay in shadow if possible and move slowly hehe,
3. drink a lot of cold water (no sweet juices or booze),
4. avoid midday and early afternoon,
5. keep smiling :-)))
Fun Alternatives: Visit Yuma from November to April.
No bags in hot summer except one for your camera, good (safe) pockets (or comfortable belt) instead. Small city rucksack for warm winter. Light clothes (shorts, T-shirts, better too large :-) made of natural materials (cotton) for warm/hot days all year round.Sweater/pullover and/or jacket for cold evenings/nights (from November till April).Shoes?...more
Hmm... the area of Yuma is dry all the year round and hot at least from May to October. So, there are not many wild flowers there. But there are quite many when people water them.Those ones on my picture grew in front of Yuma Visitor Information Center. When I was taking a picture of that red flowers one (local?) women asked me whether I know the...more
Cactus, common name for the family comprising a peculiar group of spiny, fleshy plants native to America. The family contains about 1650 species, most of which are adapted to arid climates.The first one I could see was located just inside the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. Haha, I could see... millions of them later in Arizona.more
Most accommodations (if not all) offer at least one outdoor pool. My outdoor pool in Yuma Inn Motel was not crowded when I was there in April hehe.
More on activities in Yuma including golf, tennis, fishing, boating, hunting, hiking, camping, swimming, birding or sightseeing: click here.
Equipment: Shorts for swimming recommended. Any public nudity forbidden - no topless (for females) :-(.
Yuma has a small Visitor Center located at the corner of Giss Pkwy and Maiden Lane at downtown. Besides providing good maps and tourist info, they also have lots of info about RV parks and senior housing. You can tell many of their services are designed for retired people. I didn't take a photo here.more
A short drive across the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway Bridge and visit the Paradise Casino. It's inside the Quechan reservation on the California side. Paradise is one of the most successful Indian casinos I've seen. Besides the normal slot machines, they also have a wide array of table games including poker (even in Vegas, not all casino have poker...more