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. Heading out of town, you don’t have to go far to find your authentic desert experience in the wild. Two state parks, three national wildlife refuges, and other popular areas to explore on BLM or other public lands offer hundreds of miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding. 

Get your blood pumping by making a trek to the top of Telegraph Pass. Iconic photos abound at Imperial Sand Dunes National Recreation Area and at Valley of the Names, while longer hikes with more time to contemplate or camp overnight include trails at Palm Canyon, Castle Dome and Picacho. Just add water (views) by checking out the trails at Mittry Lake, Squaw Lake, Fortuna Pond and Senators Wash. Whatever hiking means to you, the wide-open spaces in the wilderness around Yuma have got you covered.

Parks And Gardens

With many ways to rest, contemplate nature, learn, recreate or exercise, Yuma’s parks and gardens are each a mini oasis in their own right. As green and flowering as Yuma is, it might be easy to forget it’s situated in the Sonoran Desert. It’s only because of the ample water...

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