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Yuma, Ariz. —On October 1, Specialty Tour and Dinner tickets will go on sale on Especially popular tours such as the Date Night dinners will likely sell out within just days. Go online soon to get first pick on tours and dates. 

The dining opportunities that are uniquely Yuman include Date Night dinners, Sunset on the Ranch, Savor Yuma, and History Dinners.

Date Night dinners are ranked as one of the top twenty most unique dining experiences in the world, by Fodor's. This year, five Date Nights are scheduled, along with four private engagements for Destination America, the U.S. arm of Trafalgar Tours.

Sunset on the Ranch is Visit Yuma's newest opportunity for diners to enjoy a gourmet meal al fresco, under the stars. Five dinners are scheduled, and are created to introduce diners to what life is like on the farm or ranch. Each dinner is hosted by a local farm family, and there's a tractor-pulled wagon ride.

Savor Yuma highlights three local restaurants on a progressive dinner with transportation and drinks included. Diners experience an array of fresh flavors which put the spotlight on Yuma's locally grown produce.

This year, History Dinners are being held at St. Paul's Cultural Center. City Historian Tina Clark and Cathy Reeves host the dinners and share about Yuma's yesteryear through photos, stories, music and more. Each of the six dinners focuses on a different facet of Yuma's past.

To help visitors and locals alike learn about the importance of agriculture to the Yuma area, the Field to Feast tour goes to the University of Arizona research farm for a half-day tour. Each of the fifteen tours is led by a local grower, and participants get to harvest a few things before continuing on to Arizona Western College for a tour of the Land Lab led by students and a farm-fresh lunch prepared by AWC culinary students.

The military also has a large presence in Yuma's community, and three tours show what is happening on base at YPG and MCAS. Behind the Big Guns and YPG: At Ease tour participants through the Yuma Proving Ground, sharing facts and figures about their missions, while tanks are ripping around and giant booms are going off. Seven tours head out to YPG this winter. At MCAS, Visit Yuma's four Oorah! tours look at the air station's activities, including the obstacle course and working dog demonstration. This year, tours also offer a narrated stop at the Armed Forces Park on the way back.

"We put the tickets on sale right away in October so Yumans get a chance to get some of them before the large crowd of winter visitors buy out the tours," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director at Visit Yuma. "If you've always wanted to go, this year is the year, and remember, tour tickets make great gifts for the holidays!"

Go to to purchase tickets online, starting on October 1.

DATE:  September 24, 2019
CONTACT: Karen Harris
PHONE: 928-376-0100


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Yuma, Ariz. —After a call for artists, Visit Yuma chose six regional artists to illustrate scenes for its newly-released Shades of Yuma coloring book. Lia Littlewood, Lori Mott, Sergio Arroyo Alcazar, Louise Aceves, John Benz and Rachelle Negron each created the artwork for two pages in the coloring book.

Several of the artists gathered recently to share what inspired them to take part in the project. "Being asked to do the cover, it got me really excited," said Lia Littlewood. "I didn't want to just do the train. I also wanted  to show the bridge and the prison behind it, to fully encompass Yuma as it was back in the day. It was sort of desolate, but still beautiful."

"This year we are focusing on the arts in Yuma, because the arts are exploding all over the place in Yuma. We have a lot of really great local artists, we think that's really unique to Yuma and really tells the story of Yuma," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. Watch the artists' meet-up video here

The scenes that are captured in the new coloring book include  Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Yuma Proving Ground, MCAS Yuma, Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge, Castle Park, Telegraph Pass and more. The coloring book appeals to both children and also is a fit for the trend of adults coloring for relaxation. The Shades of Yuma coloring book is available for sale in the gift shop at the Visitor Information Center, 201 N. 4th Ave., or at

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Yuma, Ariz. — Yuma’s Territorial Prison has been named the country’s  MOST HAUNTED DESTINATION by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards.  The announcement was made Friday morning after weeks of online voting and intense competition.  “The prison’s haunted history is fascinating. We are certain the award will attract visitors from all over the world to experience the hauntedness of the establishment,” said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma.


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Yuma, Ariz. —It's just a few, short, seven months until Visit Yuma's annual Rio de Cerveza craft beer festival. Wait, what? ...Seven months until the next Rio de Cerveza? For six years, Yumans have looked forward to the event being held in October. It's been a much-loved part of the line-up in a crowded field of fall events. More than a thousand attendees throng to the event each year for the chance to sample craft beers and play giant lawn games. The date for the next Rio de Cerveza is March 28, 2020.

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Yuma, Ariz. —USA Today is holding its 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards, with 20 options to vote on for Best Haunted Destinations. The Yuma Territorial Prison jumped up from a lower rank to the first position within the last few days. "With six days left to vote, we're asking for Arizonans to make it number one," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 26th.

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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.

Visit Yuma team 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 Linda Morgan at 928-376-0100 (office), email Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.

'Anytime' releases:

Around & about - a quick Yuma overview

Brilliant! Yuma wears 'sunniest' label with pride

Last link in river restoration under way


Background info:

Fast Facts About YVB

 Fast Facts About Yuma 

Yuma history - narrative

Yuma historic timeline


Research and statistics

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018 Executive Summary

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