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Yuma's State Parks Return to Daily Operations

Territorial Prison and Colorado River State Historic Parks open seven days a week

YUMA, ARIZ. — Tourism season is returning to Yuma, and with it, the city's two historic state parks will once again be welcoming visitors seven days a week.

Beginning October 1, Yuma Territorial Prison220 N. Prison Hill Road, and Colorado River State Historic Park201 N. Fourth Avenue, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. This includes the return to daily operations for the Yuma Visitor Information Center, located at the entrance to the Colorado River State Historic Park.

Yuma Territorial Prison offers a look at the Arizona Territory's first penitentiary, which opened in 1876 and housed its last inmates just 33 years later. A self-guided tour includes views from atop the guard tower, cells carved into rock with ironclad doors, a showcase of the facility's most interesting convicts and their stories, and a recounting of the deadly Gates Riot.  Visitors are also invited to venture into the Dark Cell, take their mug shot in the museum, and visit the historic site’s gift shop.

Admission to Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park is $8 per adult, $6 for seniors (62 years of age or older), $4 for children between 7 and 13 years of age, and free for those ages 6 and younger.

Colorado River State Historic Park offers exhibits that portray the past, present, and future of the Colorado River. Formerly known as the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, notable buildings like the Quartermaster Depot — a retired U.S. Army supply hub — remain for visitors to explore. Younger visitors have special options including a Kids Ranger Program for 6 to 12-year olds and a search and find coloring book for those 5 and under. Bicycles may be rented by the hour for use outside the park, and the popular Back In Time Pie Shoppe will be re-opening in November.

Cost to enter Colorado River State Historic State Park is $6 per adult, $5 for seniors (62 years of age or older), and $3 for children 7-13 years of age. Children 6 and younger enter free.

At the entrance to Colorado River State Historic Park, visitors can get information on all kinds of things to do and see in Yuma at the Visitor Information Center and can purchase gifts and mementos at the Yuman Interest Gifts & Souvenirs Shop. There is no charge to visit the information center.

Guided tours and military discounts are available at both state parks; please call ahead for details.

For more information about the Colorado River State Historic Park, call 928-783-0071. For Yuma Territorial Prison, call 928-783-4771.




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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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