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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEB. 9, 2016
Explore Yuma Quartermaster Depot history
Guided tours of park offered four times a week through spring
YUMA, ARIZONA -- If you've never explored the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park along the banks of Colorado River, this is the perfect time to discover its rich and varied history on a guided tour.
From this high ground alongside the Colorado River, a frontier Army depot supplied all the forts of the Southwest beginning in the 1860s. At the birth of the 20th century, the Bureau of Reclamation established their Yuma Project Headquarters in two of the old depot buildings. The Yuma Project included Laguna Dam, the Colorado River Siphon, and the Yuma Main Canal, and was Reclamation's first large-scale irrigation project in the West, bringing irrigation water to the Yuma Valley.
Regularly scheduled guided tours of the park are offered four times a week. Tour times are Mondays at 2 p.m., Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Thursdays at 2 p.m. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and covers the history of the Yuma Depot, the Bureau of Reclamation, and Yuma’s ties to the Colorado River.
Regular entrance fees apply, but there is no extra charge for the tour. Admission is $4 for those 14 or older, $2 for youth ages 7-13 and free for those 6 and younger.
The 10-acre park features beautiful grassy grounds and some of Arizona’s oldest buildings, along with a Visitor Information Center and Yuman Interest gift shop operated by Yuma Visitors Bureau. Bike rentals are available by the hour or day, or pause for old-fashioned refreshments at the Back In Time Pie Shoppe in the historic adobe corral house (open Tuesday-Sunday now through spring).
For more information, contact Tammy Snook at (928) 247-6266.
The Yuma Visitors Bureau is always happy to assist members of print, digital and broadcast media, either on assignment or pitching an idea with a Yuma angle.
Media Relations Specialist Ann Walker can suggest itineraries and facilitate visits, or provide you with the inspired details to help nail down an assignment. We pride ourselves on always going "above and beyond."
You can download background and "anytime" materials below; dated press releases appear "most recent first" at left. Call or email us for photos and B-roll video.
YVB periodically hosts group and individual press trips, and is glad to partner with other Arizona or California DMOs to coordinate a visit to several regions.
For more information, contact Ann Walker at 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.