Experience the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area

We hope you will enjoy the following video that offers a visual overview of the beauty of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA) as a place. It also illustrates how the important work of the YCNHA organization in creating greater access to the Lower Colorado River, has greatly contributed to the transformation of the City of Yuma, Arizona into an exciting historic destination with a plethora of activities for history buffs, birders, bikers, hikers, and thrill seekers alike! The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area has the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark, highlighted by a system of riverfront trails and parks, two state historic parks, and an historic downtown entertainment district nestled along the banks of the Lower Colorado River. So sit back and experience the beauty of Yuma!

Yuma Territorial Prison Crime and Punishment Tour hosted by Smokey Dryer, Saturday Mar 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. 10am and Noon
Yuma Territorial Prison law makers and breakers Tour hosted by Gary Stigall, Thursday Mar 7th, 14th, and 21st. 10am and Noon

Come, do time with us at the prison! Storyteller, Smokey Dryer, will entertain you with tales of old Yuma’s lawmakers and breakers of the Yuma Territorial Prison. Walk through the century-old cell block, enter the dreaded Dark Cell, and ring the bell alerting Yuma’s citizens of a prisoner escape. Tours are approximately 1 hour. Tickets are $10, sold at the door. Tour group size is limited so please arrive early. Comfortable shoes recommended. The Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park is located at 220 Prison Hill Road, Yuma, AZ 85364. For more information, call 928-783-4771 or visit yumaprison.org.

See you in prison!



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Be Yuma’s Future By Investing In Its Past

The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area invites you to invest in Yuma’s historical assets. Our two State Parks are in need of immediate TLC along with the Heritage Building and the Yuma East Wetlands. We need everyone’s help to preserve and restore our parks and buildings. Below are a list of investment opportunities. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Africa or Sarah at 928-373-5190.

Corral House

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Heritage Building

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Sally Port

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Yuma East Wetlands

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Colorado River State Historic Park


A Treasure trove of history


early life on the Colorado River

Yuma Territorial Prison


Step back into the history of the Old West for a glimpse of convict life in the Arizona Territory.