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Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

Yuma, AZ
520-783-4400
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Ranked #6 of 16 Attractions in Yuma
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Stretching 30 miles along the Colorado River, and encompassing desert and wetlands, this site has...
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Attraction details
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Stretching 30 miles along the Colorado River, and encompassing desert and wetlands, this site has plentiful plant and animal life and is a great place for bird watching, hiking, boating and fishing.
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Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Great experience in the desert. Treat yourself to the guided walk in the desert one night a month by the light of the full moon. This is done by volunteers November through March. Area also beautiful during the day with overlooks, nature trails and a beautiful interpretive center. Take a picnic and enjoy the day.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you love to hike, bird watch, nature watch, or just have fun, this refuge is worth a visit. Amazing scenery and if your lucky, plenty of wildlife to observe.

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Gilberdyke
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436 reviews 436 reviews
261 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The Wildlife Refuge is pretty big, about 30 miles along the Colorado. We just saw the Fisher’s Landing area - this is a landing point for small boats, popular with local fisherman. If you’re not there for boating, your options are limited. There is a café/bar there, with outdoor seating, you can go and feed the ducks and geese hanging... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

A must visit to see the Colorado River and accessible desert. The Painted Desert trail is a must to see plants, animals, and colors (there are some steps and steep inclines). Check out the various points (e.g. Palo Verde, Mesquite, etc). Bring your binoculars and camera.

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Indio, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

If you head towards Lake Martinez just before the marina you will see the right turn to the preserve. The paved road ends to a flat packed dirt 2-lane/sometimes 1-lane road to the preserve. There is little to actually see there but it is an interesting drive. If you are more adventurous (as I was) continue past the preserve to... More 

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Deming, New Mexico
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167 reviews 167 reviews
31 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

A little hard to find since it's on a dirt road off of Martinez Lake Rd, but worth the trip. Great visitors center with many exhibits on wildlife in the area. Information and knowledgable staff available to help plan hikes in the area and explanations of what you'll be seeing. All in all worth the trip out.

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Los Angeles
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Just visited Imperial NWR near Yuma AZ. We arrived in October, a few days before the usual opening date in November. The NWR is a remote but a peaceful and beautiful location upstream from Yuma. Fortunately, the visitor center is modern and informative. On the day of our visit, there was not much wildlife to be seen. There was a... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I did not feel it was hard to find but I stopped by the refuge office in Yuma (which IS hard to find, ha ha) and they gave me great directions. The Yuma Refuge Office is a really nice building with a little nature center and small shop. Good brochures for hikes and exploring in the area. Anyway, you have... More 

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Wrangell, Alaska
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

A nice place for day hikes and short walks to over looks. Lots of birds and ducks in season. Fishers landing has good food as well as standard meals at Martinez Lake Resort. Nice day trip

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Prescott
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90 reviews 90 reviews
29 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We tried so hard to find this place ... and never quite got there. Ihave to rate it terrible because the directins to get there are so poor. After driving around for about an hour (found the dam, found Martinez Lake), we gave up. So, it's on our "next time" through Yuma trip.

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