Visitors to this nine-acre state park take a step back in time as they follow winding pathways through historic buildings and landscaped areas. An on-site museum details five centuries of Southwest history. This area along the Colorado River was first inhabited by the prehistoric Patayan culture.
An important river crossing, it became home to the Quechan Native American tribe, Spanish explorers, mountain men, 30,000 gold-seeking emigrants, soldiers, muleskinners, railroad engineers, steamboat captains and shipping magnates.
The Yuma Crossing State Historic Park is recognized as a key location in the cultural and educational development of western history by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Located at the Yuma Crossing State Historic Park is a 1907 Southern Pacific steam locomotive and coach car, Commanding Officer's quarters, and the U.S. Army Quartermaster Supply Depot that was in operation from 1864 through 1883. Also at the site is a visitor center, Transportation Museum, stage and amphitheater, gift shop, restrooms and picnic area.
The park is day-use only; Visitor Center hours are 10am-5pm daily, closed Christmas Day. Group discounts are available; call the park for details.