Yuma, AZ

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A famous former prison, a ghost town full of mines and a bridge to nowhere convey the intriguing story of Dust Bowl pioneers.

Discover Yuma’s fascinating history when you explore the city’s museums and monuments. Sharing a national frontier with Mexico and a state border with California, the Arizona city is a historic hub amid the dunes of the Dust Bowl.

Find Yuma’s Visitor Information Center within the sprawling Yuma Quartermaster Depot, a relic of the Southwest’s former military posts. For a sense of Yuma’s captivating history, spend some time exploring the historic downtown area nearby the shores of the Colorado River.

Visit the Castle Dome Mine Museum to walk around the eerie ghost town that once housed thousands of prospectors seeking gold, silver and lead. Study artifacts from various eras from the region’s history.

See another example of the region’s impressive vastness at the Bridge to Nowhere. A few miles from the ghost town, this bridge crosses desert plains after the waterway it once spanned was diverted.

Experience the dark side of the area’s history at the Yuma Territorial Prison Museum. Investigate the remains of the 19th-century jail where thousands of criminals were locked up. It has been referenced in many movies, such as 3:10 to Yuma and For a Few Extra Dollars.

Take your kids to Roxaboxen Park to make designs with the park’s mineral-flecked rocks. Escape the sun at the Z Fun Factory, a local indoor arcade.

During your trip, you may want to experiment with local food specialties, such as saguaro cactus syrup, burritos and tortillas. Yuma has one of the sunniest and driest regions in the entire country. The summer months of May to September are extremely hot and it remains mild the rest of the year.

The city is around 180 miles (289.7 kilometers) west of Phoenix and the same distance east of San Diego. Yuma International Airport is near the city center. You will emerge from your trip to Yuma with a greater sense of the struggles of the early pioneers in the Dust Bowl’s vast, arid landscape.

Ramada by Wyndham Yuma
Ramada by Wyndham Yuma
3 out of 5
711 E 32nd St, Yuma, AZ
The price is ¥8,985 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Situated near the airport, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Yuma Regional Medical Center, Marine Corp Air Station Yuma, and Yuma Palms Shopping Center. Yuma ...
3.4/5 Good! (679 reviews)
"Loved the pool"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Ramada by Wyndham Yuma
Shilo Inn Hotel & Suites - Yuma
Shilo Inn Hotel & Suites - Yuma
2.5 out of 5
1550 S Castle Dome Ave, Yuma, AZ
The price is ¥15,952 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Yuma Palms Shopping Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (895 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Shilo Inn Hotel & Suites - Yuma
Best Western Yuma Mall Hotel & Suites
Best Western Yuma Mall Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
1450 S Castle Dome Ave, Yuma, AZ
The price is ¥12,397 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in the heart of Yuma, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Marine Corp Air Station ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (981 reviews)
"The location was great. Pool area was great. Breakfast was very good."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Best Western Yuma Mall Hotel & Suites
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Yuma Pivot Point
Home2 Suites by Hilton Yuma Pivot Point
3 out of 5
155 NORTH MADISON AVENUE, Yuma, AZ
The price is ¥25,128 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Situated in Yuma, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sanquinetti House Museum and Arizona Historical Society Sanguinetti House Museum. Yuma Territorial ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (25 reviews)
"Probably the nicest hotel in the area"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Yuma Pivot Point
Yuma Foothills Retreat
Yuma Foothills Retreat
Yuma, AZ
Located on a river, this family-friendly vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Arizona Western College, Yuma Palms Shopping Center, and Colorado River. Marine ...
5/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great host and great home
"Thanks!"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Yuma Foothills Retreat
Homewood Suites by Hilton Yuma
Homewood Suites by Hilton Yuma
3 out of 5
1955 E 16th St, Yuma, AZ
The price is ¥25,585 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
Located in the heart of Yuma, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Yuma Palms Shopping Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (344 reviews)
Nice get away
"Great management and nice location. Needs new beds."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Yuma
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