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Travelers' Guide to Keeping Cool in Yuma
Published on May 12, 2016

With more sunshine than any other city on Earth, it should come as no surprise that Yuma warms up nicely in the spring and summer months. Here are some refreshing and adrenaline-filled ways to keep your cool in Yuma, even when the heat is on!

It's that time of year again — school is letting out, travelers are planning road trips, and as sure as the sun shines over Yuma, the temperatures are climbing.

Yeah, yeah ... here in the desert "it's a dry heat," but for the outgoing, sun-loving, thrill-seeking travelers, the best time in Yuma is spent making a splash during the warmest of months. After all, a summer vacay is far too short to be spent barricaded behind hotel room curtains; this is your invitation for everything fun under that relentless Yuma sun:

Nestled between the Interstate 8 corridor and acres of finely manicured farmland, Waylon's Water World is thousands of gallons of fun for all ages. From the park's toddler play area, to the poolside bar serving up frosty, adult beverages, Waylon's in Yuma is the place to stop when another three hours behind the steering wheel is just too much to bear. After cooling down in the water, head to the adjacent Z Fun Factory for the indoor arcade, restaurant and bar, or for a round of mini-golf or a few laps around the go-kart track!


Image courtesy of City of Yuma

More family fun in the water can be had at City of Yuma swimming pools and water feature areas. While discounts are available for city residents, travelers are welcome to chill out at these well maintained and supervised facilities. For more information on pool operating dates and hours, as well details on swim classes, check out the City of Yuma Parks & Recreation 2017 Spring/Summer Activities Guide.


Looking for a rush of adrenaline? Yuma's proximity to various lakes and reservoirs along the Colorado River means you are never too far from freshwater recreation, right in the heart of the desert. Don't own a jet ski, boat, or kayak? Jet Rent in Yuma has a line-up of water-going vehicles (in addition to their ATVs) to suit your needs. When you're ready to wind down, grab a sandbar on Martinez Lake or set up camp on the shore, at locations where camping is permitted.


If a soaking a bit closer to the city is what you're looking for, the riverfront near Historic Downtown Yuma is ideal for a dip in the cool Colorado River. Centennial Beach, just minutes from Main Street, is a sandy shore perfect for picnicking, sunbathing, and splashing. From here, a short walk upstream to Gateway Park keeps you at the river's edge, complete with shaded playground equipment for the kiddos.

Looking for the coolest way to relax on the river? Call up Yuma River Tubing to get set up with a five-mile float-down, or make it a true Happy Hour with the one-mile, BYOB float-down beginning at the Ocean to Ocean Bridge!


Should time keep you from enjoying any of above activities (though, we highly recommend you make it happen with an extra day's stay), you can count on Yuma's many hotels and motels to have a pool, primed for melting away the aches and pains of summer travels.

So, what are you waiting for?! The water is fine! Make your plans to visit Yuma with our new itinerary builder and see what's possible in the Gateway of the Great Southwest.




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