rich heritage, surrounded by wide-open spaces and
pristine desert scenery - all with
a river running through it. Once a river port sending military supplies shipped from
California to forts and camps in the southwest to fight
the Apache wars, today Yuma is a winter retreat for
thousands of visitors craving its warm, dry and sunny
climate. With warm weather comes golf, and the city has
several excellent courses. Birdwatchers will enjoy the
Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, which is rich in
migratory bird life and also offers hiking, fishing and
boating facilities. Yuma has much to offer and at the
top of the list is sunshine.
to the Guinness Book of World Records, Yuma has more
sunshine that any other place on earth - more than 4000
hours of sunshine a year. Over 90 percent of the
daylight in Yuma is sunny. Year round Yuma
averages over 11 hours of sunshine a day. Yuma is
also the winter vegetable capital of the world
supplying a whopping 90% of the nations leafy
vegetables between November and March. Click
here for a video about the local agriculture!
For a step back in time to the days
of frontier justice, visit the Yuma Territorial Prison
State Historic Park, a prison dating back to 1876, or
the Yuma Crossing State Historic Park, for a walk
through restored historic buildings. If these sites
your appetite for more pioneer lore, visit the Century
House Museum, which is full of pioneer artifacts and
exhibits. And, speaking of appetite, make sure and stop
for a burger and chips at Lutes Casino, Arizona's oldest
pool hall, where old movie memorabilia grace the walls.
In 2012, Yuma celebrated its Centennial as an
incorporated city. There
is so much to see and do, we'll let you CLICK your way
through ideas that interest you most. But, don't
forget to visit Los Algodones, Mexico provided
you brought your passport with you. It should not be
missed. Olè! Enjoy your stay!
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