On the Colorado River
Approx. 1/2 mile upstream from Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge
Yuma, AZ 85364
Sunrise to sunset (no lights)
Just past the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge, take an unpaved trail about ½ mile to a raised overlook for a a panoramic view of the Colorado River, the East Wetlands, and the historic Yuma Crossing.
The 20-foot Guenther Overlook offers striking views of the Colorado River and the iconic profiles of the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge and the St. Thomas Indian Mission, along with the whole sweep of the restored East Wetlands area. In a 360-degree panorama, visitors also can see Picacho Peak, Castle Dome Peak, the Gila Mountains and the manmade "landmark" of the murals that adorn the city's water tanks at 16th Street.
The overlook is located along a riverside trail that connects Gateway Park to the East Wetlands. To reach the site, walk under the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge and follow the mulched trail upriver about half a mile - an easy five-minute stroll through cottonwoods, willows and mesquite trees.
The overlook was dedicated in 2011 to celebrate the success of the East Wetlands restoration project and honors Herb Guenther, once a Yuma state senator and later retired as director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.