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A lot of people start their trips planning to blast through to points beyond. But this would be a mistake. Yuma has historically been the place to stop. Because the Colorado River flows through Yuma, it has always been a gathering place…for Indians, Spaniards, the military, immigrants and pioneers, gold-seekers, and agricultural workers.
Here, steamboats, locomotives, stagecoaches and pioneer wagons also converged. The Colorado River is at its narrowest here — only feet wide, so it became the best place to cross the river. It was the only lower Colorado crossing point for a thousand miles. Yuma Crossing is now a National Heritage site.
I guess it should be, since it kind of brought everyone together! Yuma has many claims to fame:. Yuma is at the very southwestern corner of Arizona…or the southeastern corner of California — however you want to look at it.
Like only yards away in some places! And then you hit the desert. One straight line all the way through El Centro to Yuma with not much more than the sand, tumbleweeds and a little shrubbery. And all the winter vegetables — lettuce, especially! There are also several hundred acres of sheep. Yes, sheep! In the distance, you can begin to see a long low line of dark craggy mountains east of Yuma, which are the Fortuna Foothills and the Gila Mountains beyond. They lie in stark contrast to the desert plains, and they are very striking!
When they are backed by a deep blue sky as is commonthis view is stunning, and it is part of what makes Yuma so unique. The first time we went, we thought it would be a great idea to visit on Labor Day weekend. It was NOT a good idea. We learned to make our visits to Yuma between November and April.
When the children were young, we took them to see the Territorial Prison.
They were fascinated with the museum and stories of the rough characters who had been imprisoned there. Then they got to explore some of the cells and imagine what it might have been like to endure a Yuma prison without air conditioning in the summer. Pretty good incentive to stay on the good side of the law! Yuma Territorial Prison, photo by yumaprison. We enjoyed taking the family to Algodones just across the border in Mexico. At that time, passports were not required, and it was an easy walk from the California side parking lot. It was fun to browse the vendor stands and watch the people who created paintings with spray paint.
We took the kids to local parks and had Easter egg hunts, looked for owls in the palm trees, and even went where we could jump into the Colorado River!
Now we were visiting Yuma with teenagers! What could we do that would keep them interested? Well, first of all, our kids loved the RV park where my aunt and uncle lived. There was a swimming pool, shuffleboard courts, and a restaurant, too. As a family, we enjoyed playing cards and board games with our aunts and uncle too. It was fun to stroll around and browse the shops, too. After our kids left home and we found ourselves empty nesters, we started exploring more of the area in and around Yuma. On one of our visits, my uncle suggested we might want to check out Quartzite.
So we went, and we loved exploring hundreds of vendor booths and gemstone displays. Read my post about Quartzite here. The next time we went, we stopped in Felicity, CA just 20 minutes west of Yuma. A huge granite memorial to the history of the world is being carved and expanded.
On our most recent trip just last weekendwe visited the West Wetlands Park and the Quartermaster Depot. East and West Wetlands Parks are relatively new.
The Quartermaster Depot is where the military use to receive and store all supplies needed for military forts and facilities throughout the southwest United States. Have you been to Yuma? Or did you just pass through? Thanks for the post! I keep learning that nearly every place I go has something worth exploring!
When I was a kid my family used to drive from Texas to California and we always stopped in Yuma for the night. So mostly a pass through. I remember the landscape as pretty uninspiring except for the mountains. But with a car load of kids my parents were not to keen on exploring either. It was more about getting to point A from point B as painlessly as possible. Yuma is one of those places worth at least making a stop in.
Oh so many things to explore in Yuma. The shuffleboard looks very interesting. Now off to check on internet what it is. The park with the shuffleboard court is Fortuna De Oro Resort, near the foothills. We have 2 swimming pools, sports courts, golf course, restaurant, dog parks and softball fields. Lots to do. Really fun. Ha, you went to the Center of the World in Felicity? Cool stop, right? I do not think I have seen anyone else write about stopping there. I want to get back to Arizona because there is a lot I did not get to see and this looks like a cool place to add to the list.
Sunniest place me up! I have only spent a few days in the area def have to head back to AZ. You had me at sun and winter vegetables! Thanks for the introduction! Also, that diner looks way cool. We lived in Goodyear Arizona for about a year, and passed through Yuma when we did a roadtrip over to California to go up the West Coast route.
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