YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN YUMA WHEN...
The map, GPS and road signs will tell you when you get to Yuma.
Still, as longtime residents know, there are a number of other qualities and peculiarities that make our area stand out from other communities along the highway
You’ll know you’re here in Yuma, for example, when…
• The Yuma water tower is decorated for the holidays.
• Holiday lights aren’t just strung up on buildings and homes; they decorate cars that travel through Yuma in the Dorothy Young Memorial Light Parade.
• You can go outside in shorts and short sleeves in December and January.
• In the winter months, you can see license plates from not only Arizona, but California, Nevada, Oregon,Washington, Montana, Idaho,Wisconsin, Utah, Colorado, Columbia, Alberta, Baja California and Sonora.
• You might find yourself behind a tractor if you drive on Highway 95.
• Wildflowers dot the desert landscapes after a winter of rain.
• You hear both English and Spanish spoken in public.
• Law-abiding citizens readily gather in prison – the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, that is.
• You discover Yuma High School proudly embraces a Criminal as its mascot.
• The western sky is often vividly colored at sunset.
• You hear the overhead roar of the Yuma-based Marine aircraft that defend our country.
• You commonly see farm workers harvesting lettuce in the fields around the area.
• Classic cars take over the streets the first weekend of March during Midnight at the Oasis.
• Harley Hogs gather in Yuma by hundreds in April during the Norwalk Centaur’s Yuma Prison
• You notice you have many Mexican food restaurants and taco stands to choose from – so many, in fact, you won’t get around to trying them all any time soon.
• Hot-air balloons take to the sky in November, for the Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival.
• You see people traveling through residential streets on golf carts as well as cars or bikes.
• Almost every weekend in the winter a party or celebration is taking place in Downtown Yuma.
• There’s no shortage of golf courses and tee times – because there’s no shortage of golfers in the winter.