Yuma Travel Guide

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Yuma Things to Do

  • Yuma Territorial Prison Visitor's Center

    Long closed as a functional centre of incarceration, this is Yuma Territorial Prison (1875) , not a state prison - Arizona territory did not become a state until 1912, the last of the contiguous 48 before the admission of Alaska (49) and "Hawaii 5 - 0" Much no longer remains, including much of the walls, if you're thinking it looks rather open...

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  • Mugshots and movies

    Long closed as a functional centre of incarceration, this is Yuma Territorial Prison (1875) , not a state prison - Arizona territory did not become a state until 1912, the last of the contiguous 48 before the admission of Alaska (49) and "Hawaii 5 - 0" Much no longer remains, including much of the walls, if you're thinking it looks rather open...

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  • Checkout the jailhouse!!!

    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...

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Yuma Restaurants

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  • The good and the indifferent

    I am a fan of Mexican food but only when I am in the mood and I have to get the chocies right.This was OK , we had lunch and we shold have had dinner I think. Several positives but we just did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped somehowWas good value - about US$44 for dietpesi, a strawberry maragrita, the sizzlin' shrimp fajita dinner with its...

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  • Seafood in the desert

    This is a chain, but a rally good way to get seafood tha t is dependable and quality in a landlocked , desert state !We split a clam chowder and jumbo shrimp cocktail as starters , I then had the whole lobster with corn and potato, my wife ahd tilapia with pineappleWith diet cokes was baout US$70 plus grautuityGood atmosphere good service, I love...

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  • Good Steakhouse (and more)

    Texas Roadhouse $16 as of October 2014. Texas Roadhouse is a popular chain of steakhouses that also serves chicken, seafood and a few other dishes. The atmosphere is really kinda Texas with lots of wood and dark leather. The service is good and the food plentiful. Hours are 3 PM to 9:30 PM Monday through Thursday, 11 AM to 10 PM Friday and Saturday...

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Yuma Nightlife

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  • Nice Winery, Great Location

    If you are looking for a winery in Southwest Arizona; you have only one choice but it is a kinda nice one. They have a wide variety of wines and some beers too. They also have light food like sandwiches, salads, and deserts. The people I met here were very nice too. Hours are 11:30 AM to 10 PM Monday through Thursday and 11:30 AM to 12 AM Friday...

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  • Yuma's Only Microbrewery

    The Prison Hill Microbrewery is very new having opened up in 2014 right on Main Street. They are just getting started so the selection is fairly small but constantly growing. The brew master has 22 years experience brewing beers and the staff is friendly. They also serve light food like sandwiches, salads, and deserts. This is also a place you can...

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  • Hotel bed or casino?

    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...

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Yuma Transportation

  • My itinerary

    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...

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  • Too Important to ignore

    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...

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  • Yuma? Where is it?

    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...

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Yuma Shopping

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  • Drive-in window shopping :-)

    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 here

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  • Stamping, scrapbook supplies

    This is a fun shop full of great examples, supplies and friendly staff willing to help you find what you need and show you how to use a product. Decorative paper, paper crafting tools, stamps, adhesives, scrapbooks, inks, stamp pads From a $1 on up

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Yuma Local Customs

  • Dam that river

    The history of Yuma in the early days was one of trial due to the frewuent flooding of the Colorado river and its effects on human infrastructure and native speciesThe damming of the Colorado saved the day and allowed Yuma to develop into the third largest cente of population in ArizonaFor the full story, go the yuma Prison Stae national Park - see...

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  • Halloween

    I was visiting Yuma during Halloween and learned that all the businesses on Main Street; including the Yuma Art Center, had advertised that they were giving candy to the kids during business hours. I think it was very cool that they were providing a safe environment for the kids to trick or treat and the many cute little princesses, super heroes,...

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  • When it's hot, Hit the water

    Yuma averages over 100 degrees in the summer, to cool off many Yumans hit the water. This picture is out at Martinez Lake, north of Yuma.

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Yuma Warnings and Dangers

  • CLOSED?

    The life in the south starts later, am I wrong?Yuma Visitor Center was opened from 9am to 5pm Mon-Sat, closed on Sunday - summer hours, hmm... is April a summer month in Yuma? I was just after 8am there so I could see only big CLOSED on the door hehe.

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  • Watch what you eat

    It's a hot area so watch what you eat. I had an ice chest (a cooler) with ice cubes and some food in my car. Be sure your food is fresh and well stored before you taste it. If not... look at my picture - you are welcome :-))).

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  • Changing prices

    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).

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Yuma Tourist Traps

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    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 :-)))
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    Fun Alternatives: Visit Yuma from November to April.

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Yuma What to Pack

  • Everything against heat and sun!

    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?...

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  • Packing List

    I discovered that Yuma gets cold just like everywhere else in winter, I had expected warmer weather, & hadn't factored the low humidity into it, so if it's winter when you visit, bring the woollies! bucket loads of moisturiser!!!! Serious!

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  • Packing List

    Cool clothes. Light long sleeve shirts to keep the sun off, you will burn out here and quickly. Always be sure to bring plenty of water. Of course you can get it here, but I recomment buying bottled water.

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Yuma Off The Beaten Path

  • Don't they like flowers?

    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...

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  • Colorado River

    The source of the Colorado River is Grand Lake, Colorado, in Rocky Mountain National Park. It flows from Colorado via Utah, then it flows southwards between California and Arizona to Yuma when it enters Mexico. You can see the river just by Yuma Territorial Prison Historic Park.

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  • First big cactus in Arizona

    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.

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Yuma Sports & Outdoors

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    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    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) :-(.

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  • Rolling into town

    My favorite thing about Yuma was how I arrived and how I left.The name had always intrigued me so I made it a point to go. Rolled into down on the old Southern Pacific line aboard the Sunset Limited.

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  • Visit the Visitor Center

    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.

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  • Paradise Casino

    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...

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