Sleep under the stars…Expand your sense of wonder by camping overnight with indigenous desert dwellers for company... Avian, reptile, and small mammal animals may show themselves around you, if you take the time to be still and listen. Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, 928.783.7861, Imperial Sand Dunes National Recreation Area, and Picacho State Recreation Area, 760.996.2963, all fit the bill. Contact the BLM’s Yuma Field Office, 928.317.3200, for camping info on Imperial Dam Recreation Area, Senator Wash, Squaw Lake, Mittry Lake, and Fortuna Pond.

If you are visiting Yuma with your RV, trailer or camper or are curious about tent camping in the desert, give camping a try. With mild winter temperatures and plenty of sunshine year-round, Yuma’s great outdoors is a great place to park it or pitch a tent.
There’s rustic, off-grid wilderness camping, but there’s also other established campgrounds which offer a variety of amenities from hookups, shower houses, mail delivery, WiFi, small stores and more. Campgrounds on public land or held by private companies are conveniently located to where you want to be, whether near the Colorado River or close to town. Explore Yuma’s sights or stick closer to your home base—either way you’ll enjoy the natural beauty around you.


At any location in Yuma, you’re less than a few miles from a great hike. Even within the city the East and West Wetlands’ wilder areas provide primitive trails and thick growth that can make it feel like you’re miles from another human being. 

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