Yuma Travel Guide

  • Old locomotive
    Old locomotive
    by malecon
  • Territorial Prison
    Territorial Prison
    by malecon
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by malecon

Yuma Things to Do

  • Yuma Territorial Prison Visitor's Center

    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
  • 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...

    more
  • Meet the Locals

    As always one of my favorite things to do when I travel is to meet the locals. Tammy is a Park Ranger in Yuma. She was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area.

    more

Yuma Hotels

See all 38 Hotels in Yuma

Yuma Restaurants

See all 16 Restaurants in Yuma
  • A great feed in a nutshell !

    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
  • The best place for breakfast in town

    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
  • Gourmet Mexican Fast Food

    A place where you can create your own burrito and taco. I selected the Carnitas Burrito (grilled pork, rice, sour cream, salsa, refried beans, lettuce and mild sauce wrapped in a huge tortilla).

    more

Yuma Nightlife

See all 4 Nightlife in Yuma
  • 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...

    more
  • The excitement of Las Vegas without all...

    Nestled in the Desert Southwest is a place which offers all the excitement of Las Vegas without all the hassle. There are over 800 slot machines, Bingo, Blackjack & Poker. No suits and evening gowns required, just go casual.

    more
  • Downtown Yuma

    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 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...

    more
  • 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...

    more
  • 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...

    more

Yuma Shopping

See all 2 Shopping in Yuma
  • 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

    more
  • 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

    more
  • Yuma Hotels

    38 Hotels in Yuma

Yuma Local Customs

  • 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.

    more
  • Anza and Palma

    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
  • What did they use a bell for?

    This bell displayed in Yuma Territorial prison, as on my picture, was used for... I don't know. Probably it was a church bell used to announce a sunday mass as the prisoners were allowed to join the mass in a prison. Is my theory wrong?

    more

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.

    more
  • 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 :-))).

    more
  • 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).

    more

Yuma Tourist Traps

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 15, 2003

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    AN  OUTDOOR  POOL  OF  YUMA  MOTEL  INN
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

    more

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?...

    more
  • 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!

    more
  • 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.

    more

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...

    more
  • 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.

    more
  • 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.

    more

Yuma Sports & Outdoors

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 15, 2003

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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  INN  MOTEL  OUTDOOR  SWIMMING  POOL
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Yuma Favorites

See all 8 Favorites in Yuma
  • 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.

    more
  • 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.

    more
  • 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...

    more

Instant Answers: Yuma

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

70 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Yuma
Yuma Crossing: Flowers
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Reservoir
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Train
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Storehouse Displays
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Storehouse
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Ramada
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Reclamation Service
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Granary
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Quartermaster's Office
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Commander's Quarters Inside
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Commander's Quarters
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Transportation
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing: Visitor's Center
Things to Do
Visit the Sanguinetti House Museum
Things to Do
Go to the Yuma Visitor's Center
Things to Do
River Tubing
Things to Do
Yuma Crossing State Historic Park
Things to Do
Picnic at Castle Dome
Off The Beaten Path
Other Displays
Off The Beaten Path
Gas Station and Cafe
Off The Beaten Path
Castle Dome Hotel
Off The Beaten Path
Sheriff's Office
Off The Beaten Path
Mercantile Store
Off The Beaten Path
Church
Off The Beaten Path
Carmelita's Cantina
Off The Beaten Path
Cantina
Off The Beaten Path
Bars at Castle Dome
Off The Beaten Path
Adam's Cabin
Off The Beaten Path
Stone Cabin
Off The Beaten Path
Digger's Room
Off The Beaten Path
Mines and Equipment
Off The Beaten Path
Castle Dome Mine Museum
Off The Beaten Path
Ghost Towns, Mines, and Cemetaries
Off The Beaten Path
Reach both sides of Colorado
Off The Beaten Path
Church on former Mission site
Things to Do
Ocean-To-Ocean Bridge
Things to Do
Yuma Prison - Prisoners work
Things to Do
The Prison - Stories about inmates
Things to Do
Ocean to Ocean Bridge
Off The Beaten Path
Yuma Territorial Prison Visitor's Center
Things to Do
Map of Yuma

View all Yuma hotels