Yuma Sun - Visiting In Yuma - - NEWS -

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.

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