Colorado river State Historic Park
Adult admission $6 (age 14 and older), $3 active duty and retired military, $5 for senior citizens, $3 for kids ages 7-13, kids age 6 and younger free. Other pricing may apply during special events
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 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 and customs office - and then as the first home of the Bureau of Reclamation (U.S. Reclamation Service) and the Yuma County Water Users Association. Engineering pioneers worked from here to tame the river, building dams to prevent floods, generate power and ensure a source of water.
Don’t miss the exhibit on the Yuma Siphon - a massive tunnel under the Colorado River that first delivered irrigation water to the Yuma Valley in 1912, and still operates today, right next to the park.
What’s the future of the Colorado River, the lifeblood of the whole Southwest? Park exhibits also explore that issue, from a wall-sized graphic detailing where the river's water goes, to displays about water rights and realities. A Colorado River research library may be used by appointment.
This beautiful 10-acre park includes five buildings dating back to the Depot's earliest days - among the oldest and best-preserved buildings in the state of Arizona. For a preview, download the Quartermaster Depot walking tour map.
Pause for old-fashioned refreshments at the Back In Time Pie Shoppe, located in the historic adobe corral house. It’s open Tuesday-Sunday from November to April, call Eva at 928.323.2034 to schedule a tea party.
The park is operated through an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Yuma and managed by the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.
YVB Visitor Information Center
Visitor Information Center
Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Park grounds close at 4:30 p.m.
Open seven days a week Oct. 1 - May 31
CLOSED MONDAYS JUNE 1-SEPT. 30
State 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 Visit Yuma, which relocated its Visitor Information Center to the park.
Stop in for maps, brochures & and everything you need for a fun stay. Got questions? Our friendly staff has answers!
- Easy access (exit from I-8 at 4th Ave.)
- RV parking
- Free wi-fi
- Info kiosk
- Courtesy phone
- Picnic tables
- Bike rentals by the hour or the day (24-hour period beginning with pickup). To reserve a bike, go to MrBsBicycles.com.
For a sense of Yuma
Our Yuman Interest gift shop has local flavor to savor - pick up something to remember your visit, or treats for special people back home.
Start with souvenirs and postcards, fun items for the kids, and Yuma specialties like dates and salsa. For a special keepsake, browse a selection of art created by talented Yuma artists.
Read all about it! Our zesty book collection offers humor and Southwest flavor for all ages. Learn about the gals who tamed the frontier, from schoolmarms to those in, um, older professions. Get the inside story on area birding, hiking and off-roading from local authors.
Didn’t make it south of the border? We went shopping for you and brought back goodies from colorful pottery to real vanilla – no bartering skills needed to make ‘em yours.
“Retail therapy” is available during Visitor Information Center hours.