Welcome to Yuma
This sprawling city at the confluence of the Gila and Colorado Rivers celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014. That anniversary coincided with a new emphasis on the city's future, not just its storied past. A revitalized downtown welcomes visitors to Gateway Park and its new plaza as well as a growing trail system that stretches from the park into restored wetlands beside the Colorado. But the past hasn't completely gone away. The infamous territorial prison here, which was nicknamed the Hellhole of the West, still draws tourists to its sun-baked yard. Yuma is also the birthplace of farmworker organizer César Chávez and it's the winter camp of some 80,000 snowbirds craving Yuma's sunny skies, mild temperatures and cheap RV-park living.