Outdoors & Nature

The wide-open spaces in and around Yuma lend themselves perfectly to outdoor adventures in the desert or on the Colorado River. Social distancing? No problem! Fresh air and nature? Lots of it! Sunny and warm weather? Undoubtedly, since Yuma is the Sunniest City on Earth, according to Guinness World Records.

If you want rugged outdoor adventure, Yuma's the perfect jumping-off spot to hundreds of square miles of wilderness in the Imperial, Kofa and Cibola National Wildlife Refuges.  Hiking, mountain biking, camping, bird watching, and learning more about desert plants and animals are all out there for exploring. The Imperial Sand Dunes are popular with Instagram influencers and off-roading ATV’ers as well. Water adventures abound, so check out the Colorado River and Lakes pages for more info.

If in-town adventures are more to your liking, just steps from downtown, parklands next to the Colorado River are a gleaming necklace, studded with pearls of spacious and beautifully-tended attractions, monuments, beaches, and two must-see historic state parks. You can hike or jog on paved or woodchipped or dirt paths along the riverfront, and there are many family-friendly features such as a playground, beaches, and picnic ramadas. The East and West Wetlands are the pride of Yuma, having been restored to natural habitat from what had been a homeless camp and the city dump in the past century. Now a point of civic pride for local Yumans, the riverfront parks make it easy to experience Yuma naturally!


At any location in Yuma, you’re less than a few miles from a great hike. Even within the city... Read More


Sleep under the stars…Expand your sense of wonder by camping overnight with indigenous desert... Read More


It’s as easy as riding a bike to cycle in and around Yuma. Rolling along on a casual bike ride... Read More

National Wildlife Refuges

Three national wildlife refuges in the Yuma area—Cibola, Imperial and Kofa—make up one... Read More

Parks And Gardens

With many ways to rest, contemplate nature, learn, recreate or exercise, Yuma’s parks and... Read More


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Desert Plants & Wildlife

It might not seem like there is much living in the desert, but many species of plants and animals... Read More