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“Could be better”

Colorado River State Historic Park
Ranked #4 of 53 things to do in Yuma
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Once a major military supply point, this site contains the quartermaster depot and officers' quarters as well as restored historic buildings commemorating five centuries of transportation across the Colorado River.
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Definitely a site to see and full of history but has the potential for an awful lot more. It's a big area but could do with more information and better displays. Worth a visit before you go to the Prison which is tons better

1  Thank Davancar
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

if you need to spend some time this is an interesting little museum with your typical historic relics from its era.

Thank rick_w53
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Equally worth a visit whilst you're visiting the Prison. A wander through the site to see what life was like there in the 19th century is well worth the visit.

Thank jb012
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

There's not much to do in Yuma from what we saw, but this was a good way to spend a couple of hours.
A lot of good exhibits, although not really much that's interactive for kids.

Thank Kirsty A
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Also known as the Quartermaster Depot, this park is best visited in cooler weather because seeing everything entails walking outside in the sun or standing in hot and stuffy rooms indoors. However, if summer is the only time you are in Yuma--like it was for me--then don't let the weather dissuade you from visiting this place. It was very interesting to learn about the Army's role in Yuma as a supply post for the entire southwestern part of the US in the second half of the nineteenth century.

There are several buildings on the grounds and you walk in a circular path to see them. They all have displays and signs explaining their history. The building where the quartermaster (who was the Army officer in charge of the depot) and his family lived was fascinating in its period restoration of the rooms. The large storehouse, now functioning as a kind of transportation museum with lots of period vehicles, was also very interesting. Another building described the Bureau of Reclamation's Colorado River Siphon project, which was directed from here, was also fascinating.

The building that you enter to access the park also serves as the Yuma Visitors Center and is filled with brochures and materials about the area. It also contains a gift shop. And--it's air-conditioned, which provided a very welcome respite from the heat after exploring all the buildings. There is no entrance fee but donations are accepted. Give yourself about two hours if you want to thoroughly explore the park.

1  Thank Lanhua
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