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“Dirt - Gravel roads”

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.
Indio, California
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Dirt - Gravel roads”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

If you head towards Lake Martinez just before the marina you will see the right turn to the preserve. The paved road ends to a flat packed dirt 2-lane/sometimes 1-lane road to the preserve. There is little to actually see there but it is an interesting drive.

If you are more adventurous (as I was) continue past the preserve to the various viewing areas. I will warn you the road is rocking and rutty but not impassable in a normal non-4 wheel drive vehicle just be prepared for a slow drive but heck enjoy the scenery.

As always there is no cell service out there so always pack water and food anytime you venture into the desert.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank DesertSmile
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Deming, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
490 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Great for a day trip.”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

A little hard to find since it's on a dirt road off of Martinez Lake Rd, but worth the trip. Great visitors center with many exhibits on wildlife in the area. Information and knowledgable staff available to help plan hikes in the area and explanations of what you'll be seeing. All in all worth the trip out.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank dqdick
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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
4 Thank 1eyeopen
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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
4 Thank LM4u
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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
2 Thank Don R
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