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Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park


201 N. 4th Avenue, 928.783.0071, 800.293.0071
Open 9-5 daily Oct. 1 - May 31 (last park entry at 4:30 p.m.)
CLOSED MONDAYS June 1 - Sept. 30

Admission $4 for adults (14 and older), $2 kids ages 7-13, free for kids age 6 and younger
1/2 price for active-duty military, plus spouse & children
Other pricing may apply during special events 

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For nearly 20 years beginning in 1864, all the military posts in the Southwest traced their lifelines to the Yuma Quartermaster Depot.

Here on the high ground above the Colorado River, the U.S. Army's warehouses held a six-month supply of clothing, food, ammunition and other goods for forts in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas - and were surrounded by as many as 900 mules and their teamsters.

Ocean vessels brought goods to the Gulf of California, where they were loaded onto steamboats for the trip upriver to Yuma. Supplies were unloaded here, then shipped farther upriver or overland in wagons pulled by the 20-mule teams of Western lore.

With the coming of the railroad in 1877, the Depot's supply role faded and the Army closed it in 1883. But the site lived on as a telegraph and weather station, customs office - and the first home of the Bureau of Reclamation (then U.S. Reclamation Service) and the Yuma County Water Users Association.

This beautiful 10-acre park includes five buildings dating back to the Depot's earliest days - some of Arizona's oldest and best-preserved buildings. Other exhibits describe the amazing engineering feats that brought irrigation water to the Yuma Valley - under the Colorado River - in 1912. For a preview, download the Quartermaster Depot "History Walk" brochure here.

 

YVB Visitor Information Center


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Same hours and days as above
1.800.293-0071 or 928.783.0071

Arizona's budget woes threatened to close the Yuma Quartermaster Depot in 2009. It remains open through the cooperation of the City of Yuma, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area and the Yuma Visitors Bureau, which relocated its Visitor Information Center to the park's entrance building. Stop in for travel info - and a great selection of Yuma souvenirs and gifts!

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