Yuma Sun - Visiting In Yuma
WELCOME TO YUMA
We are so happy you have discovered Yuma and Yuma County.
Whatever brings you here, the Yuma area has much to offer.
Foremost is the weather. For most of the year, daytime temperatures are mild. Even in the middle of winter, many people get by during the day in short sleeves and shorts.
And the sun shines most every day, making the area highly desirable for outdoor pursuits, such as biking, hiking, playing a round of golf, playing tennis, hunting, fishing, canoeing or kayaking on the
River, water skiing on Martinez Lake, or taking a spin on an offroad vehicle in the
Imperial Sand Dunes just west of Yuma.
If you’re a nature lover, you can make a visit to one of the area’s wildlife refuges, where, among other species, you may catch a glimpse of an elusive desert bighorn sheep.
Outdoor recreation is not all we have to offer. There are historical attractions, such as the Yuma Territorial Prison, which opened in 1876 and held inmates into the early 20th century. Today it is a museum that attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually. Other historical attractions include the Yuma Quartermaster Depot, where the U.S. Army established itself in the 19th Century, and the Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge over the Colorado River, which served as the last link needed to create a transcontinental highway in the early 20th Century.
And if you pay a visit to Yuma City Hall, you can see the City of Yuma airplane, the Aeronica Sedan AC-15 aircraft flown by Woody Jongeward and Bob Woodhouse in the course of setting a world flight endurance record in 1949. Besides good weather, outdoor recreation and history, Yuma and the surrounding area stage a number of popular public events, among them the Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival in November, the Yuma Jaycees Silver Spur Rodeo and Parade in February, Midnight at the Oasis car show in March, and the Yuma County Fair a month later.
We also have a thriving arts community, with artists practicing in all genres.
And we are conveniently located near two Mexican communities, San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., and Los Algodones, Baja Calif., where you can shop for souvenirs, fill prescriptions or enjoy a restaurant meal. So welcome to Yuma and Yuma County.