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Yuma Arizona Outdoor Attractions & Activities

Riverfront, mountain views and beautiful rugged desert adventure–Yuma has it all. With the most sunny days of any city on Earth, Yuma is the ideal location for jumping-off spot to hundreds of square miles of wilderness in the Imperial, Kofa and Cibola national wildlife refuges, and the gateway to the Imperial Sand Dunes – a popular movie location from the days of Rudolph Valentino to Star Wars. With dry warm fantastic year-round weather and mild winters make Yuma a year-round destination. Only minutes from the hotel are all kinds of activities ranging from golf to boating to off-roading.

With the Colorado River at its doorstep, Yuma offers both year-round sunshine and water fun, from a quiet paddle to waterskiing. Yuma River Tubing can get you afloat in a tube or kayak right in town, or try Yuma River Tours for narrated wilderness boat trips or a lunch or dinner cruise on the Colorado King sternwheeler.

Just steps from downtown, you can wander through the Yuma East Wetlands, where nearly 500 acres of what was a trash-strewn jungle of non-native vegetation has been transformed into a beautiful wetlands area. Five miles of nature trails give access to this haven, which provides habitat for more than 330 species of birds and wildlife.

The Yuma Birding & Nature Festival, www.yumabirding.com, held annually in April, also provides an easy introduction to outdoor adventures in the area, including field trips to Mexico and California’s Salton Sea.

Hiking/Biking Trails

The wide open spaces all around Yuma offer opportunities for hiking that range from a simple stroll to a rigorous wilderness challenge. Some “beginners” trails include the Painted Desert Trail at Imperial National Wildlife Refuge or a walk to see Arizona’s only native palm trees at Palm Canyon on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. Even these easier walks may reward you with sightings of bighorn sheep, wild horses and burros, deer and other wildlife … but keep an eye peeled for crawly critters in vegetation or crevices.

For a walking tour in town, enjoy a paved multi-purpose trail running along about two miles of the riverfront, from the West Wetlands Park to Gateway Park, and along about five miles of the East Main Canal. The new three-mile nature trail winding through the East Wetlands can be reached by walking east under the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge.

Wherever you choose to walk – but especially if you venture off the beaten path – make sure someone knows your plans, since cell service may not be available. The air is dry even when the weather is cool, so carry plenty of water for everyone, including pets. Desert temperatures can swing dramatically, so dress in comfortable layers so you can adjust to changing conditions.

Tours

Yuma River Tour
1920 Arizona Avenue
Yuma, AZ
Ph. 928-783-4400
Yuma River tours offers a wide variety of paddling itineraries, ranging from half day through six-day trips on sections of the Colorado River between Hoover Dam and Yuma. Their unique equipment includes canoes as well as several different styles and types of kayaks. All of their trips are on class 1 water that has current, but no whitewater – enjoyable for beginners as well as experts.

Buffalo Bus Tours

12557 South Frontage Rd
Yuma, AZ 85365
Ph. (928) 342-0015
Guided Tours with the most Experience in Mexico Travel (Sixteen Years). Shop, Dine and Have Fun. The Safe, Carefree Way to Travel to Mexico and Local Vicinities. Free Secured Parking!

Tour West America

333 South Main Street
Yuma, Arizona 85364
Ph. (928) 783-8888

Harris Tours

1336 S 4th Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364
Ph. (928) 782-7426

Free Spirit Tours

1410 W Michelle Ln
Yuma, AZ 85365
Ph. (928) 726-7000

Hunting

From elk to small game — and even waterfowl — few states enjoy the diverse hunting opportunities that Arizona offers. In the Yuma area, the primary prey species are bighorn sheep, mule deer, dove, quail and waterfowl.
Arizonans and nonresidents over the age of 14 need a valid license to hunt in the state. A person under 14 may hunt wildlife other than big game if accompanied by a licensed adult, but can only hunt big game if he or she completes a hunter education course.
Most types of hunting and fishing licenses are available online at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Web site, www.azgfd.gov, or at 300 dealers statewide. The website also offers detailed information on regulations, hunting areas and more. The Yuma regional office is located at 9140 E. 28th St., 928.342.0091.
Lifetime licenses (hunting, fishing, combo and trout stamp) are now available. You must have been a bona fide resident of Arizona for six months to buy one, but you can then hunt or fish in Arizona forever, even if you move elsewhere.
There are 2 shooting rates in Yuma. For more info on either, including the event schedule for the Adair range, call 928-726-0022 or 800-440-3892 or go to www.spragues.com
Dove Season is marked by the opening of date of September 1st each year. Yuma remains a prime dove-hunting area because of agriculture and the large amounts of acreage still devoted to grain farming on both sides of the border. Grain fields provide nesting cover and food for the two main species hunted here, the mourning dove and the white-winged dove. Mourning doves remain in the area year round, while white-wings migrate south to Mexico as crops are harvested and fall storms move in.

BEST WESTERN InnSuites Yuma Mall Hotel and Suites is your sports connection in Yuma Arizona

Sports Venues

Yuma Speedway

3450 W. County 15 St.
Yuma, AZ 85365

Yuma Scorpions Baseball1280 W Desert Sun Dr
Yuma, AZ 85365
Ph (928) 257-4700
Free Baseball Game Tickets for every guest during Yuma’s own Summer League featuring the Yuma Scorpion’s Baseball team!

Golf in Yuma Arizona

Golf Digest magazine has rated Yuma as the 7th best city in the United States for golf.
While the winter season is sure to be the perfect time to golf, summer is a great time for beginners as well as veteran golfers. The atmosphere is more relaxed; some courses relax their dress code. Also, because the courses are less crowded, players aren’t as likely to feel pressured to speed up their game and there are fewer eyes watching when you tee off. Plus, courses that are out of reach, either because of high green fees or scarce tee times, suddenly woo Arizona’s 500,000 golfers with drastically reduced rates and perks such as free golf balls, meals and unlimited practice time. Most courses drop their rates by as much as 75% in the summer.

The Yuma area has 13 diverse and challenging golf courses. Here are some that are recommended by the locals:

Ironwood Golf Course

Ironwood Course: 9 holes over 1,720 yards with a par of 31 (Public)
2945 W 8th St
Yuma, AZ 85364-2604
(928) 343-1466

Arroyo Dunes Golf Course

Arroyo Dunes Course: 18 holes over 2,174 yards with a par of 54 (Municipal)
1201 W 32nd St
Yuma, AZ 85364-7815
(928) 726-8350

Desert Hills Golf Course

Desert Hills Course: 18 holes over 6,800 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)
1245 W Desert Hills Dr
Yuma, AZ 85365-3906
(928) 373-5220

Cocopah RV &Golf Resort

Cocopah Course: 18 holes over 5,264 yards with a par of 70 (Public)
6800 S Strand Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364-9727
(928) 343-1663

Foothills Executive Golf Course

Par-3 Course : 9 holes over 1,050 yards with a par of 27 (Public)
14200 E County 14th Street
Yuma, AZ 85367
(928) 342-9090

Foothills Executive Golf Course

Executive Course: 9 holes over 2,610 yards with a par of 34 (Public)
14200 E County 14th Street
Yuma, AZ 85367
(928) 342-9090

Foothills Executive Golf Course

Las Barrancas: 9 holes (Public)
14200 E County 14th Street
Yuma, AZ 85367
(928) 342-9090

Sierra Sands

Sierra Sands Course: 18 holes (Public)
15285 S Sierra Sands Ave
Yuma, AZ 85365-4793
(928) 726-4653

Mesa Del Sol Golf Club

Mesa Del Sol Course: 18 holes over 6,767 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
12213 E Calle del Cid
Yuma, AZ 85367-7294
(928) 342-1283

Foothills Par 3 Golf Course

Foothills Course: 9 holes over 1,050 yards with a par of 27 (Public)
14000 E County 14th St
Yuma, AZ 85367
(928) 342-9090

Las Barrancas Golf Course

Las Barrancas: 9 holes (Public)
14400 E 48th Dr
Yuma, AZ 85367-9289
(928) 342-7130

Fortuna Delrey Golf Course

Fortuna Delrey Course: 9 holes over 3,069 yards with a par of 36 (Public)
13650 N Frontage Rd
Yuma, AZ 85367-7423
(928) 342-4766

Dove Valley Golf Course

Dove Valley Course: 18 holes over 5,350 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
220 N Marshall Loop Rd
Somerton, AZ 85350-6207
(928) 627-3262

Trying Your Hand at Summer Golf?

Then, Here are a Few Tips:
Start Early. Although courses open near sunrise and golfers are still headed out to play near sunset, many veteran summer golfers avoid early morning because overnight watering creates humidity and damp turf. Others prefer the early-morning tee times to beat the heat.
Hydrate. This isn’t the time for a beer or margarita. Enjoy Gatorade and Bottled water available in clubhouses.
Shade. Look for courses that have long stretches of fairway lined with mature shade trees.
Use sunscreen and reapply often. You’ll either sweat it off or towel it off.
Bring towels to wet and drape over head and shoulders along the back nine.
Dress for the heat. New fabrics used in golf attire absorb sweat, protect against ultraviolet light and keep you cooler. Wear hats and sunglasses.

Sand Dunes

Yuma serves as the gateway to one of the nation’s largest mass of inland sand dunes, which extend for more than 40 miles along the eastern edge of California Imperial Valley.

Now a national recreational area, this natural sand box acts as a magnet for off-road enthusiasts in all but the hottest months and welcomes more than one million visitors every year.

Just 15 minutes from BEST WESTERN InnSuites Yuma, the dunes also have served as a movie location since the silent-picture era. Moviemakers first filmed here in 1913, and pictures have been made here in every decade since, including “Star Wars” and more recently, “Jarhead.”

Use permits are required within the recreational area for “primary vehicles” – the street-legal vehicle that gets you there – and are available for the season or for a seven-day period. Permits are also required for vendors, filming or special events like weddings, races or organized group activities. Season permits run from October 1 through September 30 of the next year. Save money by buying your permit offsite – by phone, online or from an authorized dealer (locations through Arizona and Southern California), see www.imperialsanddunes.net for details.

Don’t miss seeing a remnant of the plank road that first crossed the treacherous “sand hills” in 1915. Made from lumber spiked to wooden crosspieces that “floated” on the shifting sands, the original was improved the next year and used until 1926. The plank road remains can be seen at the west end of Grays Well Road, south of Interstate 8 (there’s also a section of the plank road at the Quartermaster Depot park in Yuma).

There is a highway rest area between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 8 that will let you get a closer look at the dunes (and turn your vehicle around) without paying a fee, but there is no access to the dunes from the rest area. If you drive out to take a look at the dunes, keep your eyes open for glimpses of the fence that marks the border with Mexico – it was designed to “float” on the surface of the sand.

Colorado River

Just minutes from BEST WESTERN InnSuites Yuma, the Colorado River offers a variety of water sports for enthusiasts.

Mittry Lake Wildlife Area lies between Laguna and Imperial Dams northeast of Yuma. With 750 acres of water surrounded by 2,400 acres of marsh and upland, this is a birding and fishing hot spot with several piers, restrooms, two boat ramps and no improved facilities. Getting there by car: Take Highway 95 east to Avenue 7E, follow Avenue 7E north past Laguna Dam (about nine miles, pavement ends, 7E becomes Laguna Dam Road).

Mittry Lake Wildlife Area lies between Laguna and Imperial Dams northeast of Yuma. With 750 acres of water surrounded by 2,400 acres of marsh and upland, this is a birding and fishing hot spot with several piers, restrooms, two boat ramps and no improved facilities. Getting there by car: Take Highway 95 east to Avenue 7E, follow Avenue 7E north past Laguna Dam (about nine miles, pavement ends, 7E becomes Laguna Dam Road).

The Imperial Dam area can be visited by both the Arizona and California sides. On the Arizona side, Fisher’s Landing (928.539.9495) has a bar and restaurant, bait shop, fuel dock, convenience store and RV camping. Fisher’s also is the launch site for Tours including trips operated by Yuma River Tours (928.783.4400). Getting there by car: Follow Highway 95 north (past “big guns”), left on Martinez Lake Road then west about 10 miles: Turn right on Red Cloud Mine Road for Refuge; ahead and left to Fisher’s Landing, ahead and right to Martinez Lake.

Squaw Lake is a day-use and camping area with accessible restrooms, outdoor showers, fire rings, drinking water and boat ramps; Senator Wash Dam and Reservoir is an off-stream reservoir that allows water skiing, sailing and fishing, with a boat ramp. Getting there by car: Follow S24 north from Winterhaven and look for signs; at main fork signs will point west to Imperial Dam, Senator Wash; go past Senator Wash tor each Squaw Lake.

Fishing

While the damming of the Colorado reduced the flow of water at Yuma, it created a nearly limitless landscape of backwater channels and hidden lakes upstream. These cool waters are home to world-class fishing for largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass, as well as flathead and channel catfish, tilapia, crappie, mullet and bluegill.

Popular spots include the Imperial Dam area, with Senator Wash Reservoir andSquaw Lake; the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge with Martinez Lake, FergusonLake and the meandering channel of the Colorado River; the Picacho StateRecreation Area along the California side of the Colorado north of Yuma; andMittry Lake, just north of Laguna Dam.

Local fishing clubs conduct tournaments throughout the year.