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Yuma, AZ

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It’s been said that “all roads lead to Yuma,” and for much of this Arizona city’s history, this was quite literally true. Located on the Eastern bank of the Colorado River, at the place where the river is at its most calm and predictable, Yuma was the last rest stop for many explorers, settlers, and prospectors who were headed further west. Today it’s a safe haven for anyone who loves sunshine, nature, and Southwest culture.

Getting Around in Yuma, AZ

Driving is the most popular way to get around in Yuma. The city is quite large—over 100 square miles—making cycling or walking impractical, if not impossible under the hot desert sun. Though there are county busses, travelling all the way from one side of Yuma to the other can take a while, and most people prefer to save time by driving through the uncongested city streets. For those who prefer to save money and the environment by taking public transportation when they can, YCAT provides plenty of busses and 12 conveniently color-coded bus lines that take passengers all over Yuma and the surrounding cities.

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The average commuter time in Yuma is:
10 to 14 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 3.11%
  • 7.03%
  • 0.76%

Castle Dome Mine Museum

<p>Back in the latter half of the 19th century, Yuma was synonymous with the Wild West. Today, Yuma's residents can journey back to this exciting historical period by paying a visit to the Castle Dome Mine Museum. This museum sprawls out across an entire town, complete with a church, post office, doctor's office, blacksmith shop, mill, and five different saloons. Visitors can poke through this ghost town at their leisure, or learn more about the town's history by opting for a guided tour. The Castle Dome Mine has been out of service for a century, but the people of Yuma have kept the entire town that popped up to support it in pristine condition.</p>

Yuma Theatre

<p>The arts have always been a big part of life in Yuma. The Historic Yuma Theatre was erected in 1912, making it one of the oldest early vaudeville and motion picture houses in the nation. Though the theater burned down twice, once in 1913, and again in 1936, the people of Yuma rallied behind their theater and it's still going strong today, over a hundred years after it first opened its doors. Today, theatergoers can enjoy dance, music, and dramatic performances in a theater restored to look just as it did in 1912. Next door, the Yuma Fine Arts Association displays paintings, sculptures, and photos.</p>

Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

<p>The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places to go to experience Yuma's natural beauty. Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the park, and gives visitors the chance to travel through a number of different ecosystems, including Sonoran desert, woodland, and Colorado River wetland. The Painted Desert Trail, which is an easy 1.3 mile trek, takes hikers past layers of beautifully colored stone that were deposited by volcanoes millions of years ago. The trail ends with an incredible vista of the river and its surrounding wetlands, which are a mecca for wildlife, as they serve as the only source of water for miles.</p>