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Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Yuma, AZ
Phone Number: 520-783-4400
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7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: Stretching 30 miles along the Colorado River, and encompassing desert and...
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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Exciting glimpse of the desert

My boys and I went out here for a small day trip. There is a really nice visitors center. Martinez Lake road was a great roller coaster ride out there. We liked all the stuffed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Cody G
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Yuma, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We are just visiting in Yuma for the weekend. We drove out here mainly to find Lake Martinez but also to go to the visitor center. It's true that most of the snowbirds have left, but it is not the hot season yet so I'm not sure why the visitors center is as already closed "for the season". What a... More 

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Yuma, Arizona
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My boys and I went out here for a small day trip. There is a really nice visitors center. Martinez Lake road was a great roller coaster ride out there. We liked all the stuffed animals, and the viewing tower.

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Yuma, Arizona
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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

if you like bird watching, exploring interesting things, and seeing wildlife in general...this is not the place for you. If you like being hassled by rangers, and staring at dirt and scrub brush...by all means, enjoy.

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Winchester, Virginia
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68 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We didn't see any wildlife, but that's the gamble with nature. It's nothing special, but worth a quick tour through if you're in the area.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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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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7 helpful votes 7 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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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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