The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is a primitive trade route that connected the states of California and Arizona across the Colorado river. It was used by immigrants and foreigners as a crossing point in the 18th and 19th centuries. The historic area also includes a historic park, a prison, a fort and other features of the olden days. The historic park area, situated by the river, makes for an ideal location for weddings too as the heritage area still retains its natural charm.
Located within the 19th Century residence of E. F. Sanguinetti, the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens features a lush garden surrounding this beautiful house with loads of activities that can be conducted through the year via reservations, while the museum itself showcases the life story of Sanguinetti, who arrived at Yuma at an early age with no financial backing and grew to become one of the most respected and wealthiest personalities in the area.
West Wetlands Park is not your average park but 110-acres of lush greenery coupled with activities and landmarks. This local favorite sees bustling activity through the day, across the various trails spread of the park. Some areas inside are also available for events.
The Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park & City of Yuma Visitor Center used to be military grounds that the US Military would use as a storage house. Located at the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, the park is part of a community area that works to preserve and further the cultural values of the society. Four of the buildings now showcase the history of the Yuma military as well as an irrigation project. The visitor center will help you with everything you need to know about the city.
Retrace the U.S Military and the struggle of the people during World War II at the Yuma Proving Ground Heritage Center. The museum has a collection of items like photographs, information, and memorabilia of the involvement of the U.S Army in the Second World War, Vietnam war and Concentration Camps. On display are also a number of vehicles that have been used by the armed forces. There is a small room designed as a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York in 2001.
Yuma Territorial Prison, the main feature is the historic prison built in the 1800s. Now transformed into a museum, a walk through this park will give you insight into the harsh conditions and severe punishments meted out to the jail inmates; you can also check out the solitary chamber. A unique destination and one that offers a glimpse into the dark, unexplored history of the region.
Yuma Readiness & Community Center is open to all the community events. It offers a fitness space, drill hall which is open to private parties and a kitchen space. The center is also used by Army National Guard and the multipurpose hall is used as a drill hall by the guards. Additionally, the center hosts activities for Youth and senior persons with interesting programs. Contact the center to book their drill hall or meeting room for your next event.
The Yuma Art Center is an incubating center for talents in performing arts. If you are an art aficionado then keep a track of their calender for events coming up in the near future.