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“Just opening up for the season”

Imperial National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #10 of 45 things to do in Yuma
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Owner description: Stretching 30 miles along the Colorado River, and encompassing desert and wetlands, this site has plentiful plant and animal life and is a great place for bird watching, hiking, boating and fishing.
Los Angeles
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Just opening up for the season”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Just visited Imperial NWR near Yuma AZ. We arrived in October, a few days before the usual opening date in November.
The NWR is a remote but a peaceful and beautiful location upstream from Yuma.
Fortunately, the visitor center is modern and informative. On the day of our visit, there was not much wildlife to be seen. There was a captive desert tortoise visible in its pen beside the visitor center.
All in all, worth the trip, even outside the usual season...

Visited October 2013
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Littleton, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Beautiful trip”
Reviewed 28 February 2013

I did not feel it was hard to find but I stopped by the refuge office in Yuma (which IS hard to find, ha ha) and they gave me great directions. The Yuma Refuge Office is a really nice building with a little nature center and small shop. Good brochures for hikes and exploring in the area.

Anyway, you have to PASS the big guns going north on 95 out of Yuma and go to the next exit, then follow the signs right there. Misleading signs may want you to turn at the guns, but go past to the next exit.

I hiked the easy Painted Desert Trail, about 1.3 miles.

I wish they had some longer hikes but they have a nice visitor center and some great landscape to see. A great way to spend a morning.

Visited February 2013
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Wrangell, Alaska
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nice trail system”
Reviewed 23 February 2013

A nice place for day hikes and short walks to over looks. Lots of birds and ducks in season. Fishers landing has good food as well as standard meals at Martinez Lake Resort. Nice day trip

Visited February 2013
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Prescott, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Where the He** is it?”
Reviewed 21 February 2013

We tried so hard to find this place ... and never quite got there. Ihave to rate it terrible because the directins to get there are so poor. After driving around for about an hour (found the dam, found Martinez Lake), we gave up. So, it's on our "next time" through Yuma trip.

Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Victoria M
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Deming, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
491 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Really hard to find, but worth it.”
Reviewed 6 February 2013

None of our three GPS's could find it and Mapquest only got us six miles away, but the signs picked it up from there. Wonderful and interesting visitors center, great staff and interesting wildlife.

Visited February 2013
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