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The Yuma Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Center is located at 201 N. Fourth Avenue, at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. From September through May, it is open from 9am until 5pm seven days a week. During the summer months (June 1 through August 31), the VIC is closed on Mondays. You can call them toll-free at 800-273-0071, locally at 928-783-0071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This ought to be your first stop if you are interested in finding out what there is to do and see in and around the Yuma area, along with information on lodging and restaurants. The staff is both knowledgeable and helpful, and always willing to go the extra mile -- though that isn't easy during the winter months when snowbirds are flocking to Yuma's sunshine and affordable attractions.
In addition to free AZ and Yuma visitors guides and maps, the VIC is a free wi-fi hotspot and offers plenty of parking (handicapped spots and huge RV spaces, too). There are free, clean and accessible restrooms and an ATM on site. If you are looking for a place to stay, there's even a nice little hideaway where you can make free local calls to nail down a room or RV space.
Besides all kinds of brochures and information on area attractions, the VIC offers a nice selection of books of local interest, gifts and souvenirs as well. It's a great place to pick up everything from local hiking guides to postcards or fun stuff for the kids or grandkids.
The VIC also serves as the entrance to the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. Back before dams were built on the Colorado River, steamboats brought supplies to Yuma from the Gulf of California and the U.S. Army supplied all the forts in the Southwest from this site, moving goods by steamboat or 20-mule-team freight wagons. The 10-acre park is a little oasis of green that contains some of the oldest buildings in the state of Arizona, along with lots of interesting exhibits. Scheduled to close its gates because of state budget woes, the City of Yuma leased the property and the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area now operates the park with cooperation from the Yuma Visitors Bureau. Admission to the Quartermaster Depot park is $4 for adults (age 14 and older), $2 for kids ages 7-13 and free for kids age 6 and younger. Half-price admission is available for active-duty military personnel, their spouse and children. Other pricing may apply during special events at the park.
For a preview, or to plan your trip to Yuma, check out the website for this membership-based nonprofit at www.visityuma.com. Tons of great photos along with a full membership directory, hotel, RV park and dining listings, area information and background, history and more. You can also browse the Yuma Visitors Guide online, download the whole shebang to your own computer, or print selected pages.
Two other good online resources for information on the Yuma area include the City of Yuma Strategic Communications Office and the Yume County Chamber of Commerce. Both offer plenty of practical information about the city, for both visitors and those thinking of relocating.