Yuma Area Attractions
Museums & Historic Sites
Cocopah Indian Museum, located 14 miles south of Highway 95, exhibits and sells articles of the Cocopah tribe, who have been called hunters, warriors, agriculturists and artists.
Quechan Indian Museum, contains many tribal artifacts and the headquarters for the Quechan Indian Tribe. It is located in Fort Yuma, one of the oldest military posts in the Arizona Territory and offered protection for the settlers in the day and secured the Yuma Crossing. The Museum is on Indian Hill Road, across the Colorado River, near the Territorial Prison. Call (619)572-0661.
Casa De Coronado Museum, located on the hotel property, is rich with the history of the motel, Best Western, and tourism of Arizona, as well as Yuma.
Old Plank Road, was built near the turn of the century to facilitate travel over the Arizona/California sands. Made of wooden planks, it supported the wheels of pioneer wagons and early automobiles. You’ll find the monument, with remnants 17 miles west of Yuma, north of I-8.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot, is probably the oldest American-built structure in Yuma. Located on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River, it was used as a major supply center for troops during the Indian Wars of the 1870’s.
Yuma Territorial Prison State Park, Located at Giss Parkway and Prison Hill Road. Between 1876 and 1909, this penitentiary housed many of Arizona’s most dangerous criminals. Famed in literature, movies and television, the remains of the prison are now an Arizona State Park. The cells, main gate and guard tower have endured as grim reminders of frontier justice. Museum exhibits document the story of the prison. Open 8:00 am to 5pm. June1- August 31: Open Thurs.-Mon. Closed Tues. & Wed. June 1- August 31: 9am-5pm. Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday.
Arizona Historical Society Sanquinetti House Museum, Located at 240 Madison Avenue Yuma, Az. 85364, the Sanquinetti House Museum was constructed in 1870”s and was purchased in 1890 by pioneer merchant E.F. Sanquinetti. Calls can be made to (928)7882-1841.
Old Tumco Ghost Town and Gold Mine, is located 22 miles Northwest of Yuma, near Gold Rock Ranch. Once a roaring mining town of 3,000 people, between 1870 and 1909 it is estimated that Tumco mines produced $11 million in gold. Beware of open mine shafts. A four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary.
Yuma Art Center, Due to a tragic fire in 193 that claimed the building which hosed the Yuma Art Center, current cultural offerings are staged in various locations in town. For information on activities and events call (928)783-2314
The Historic Yuma Theater, is located at 224 Main Street in a restored art deco building, circa 193. The original carbon arc projectors and excellent acoustics are still intact. The Gene Savage Memorial Organ was recently restored and installed and will be the only working theater organ in the state. Tours are available by request by calling the Cultural Council of Yuma.