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Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

Yuma, AZ
520-783-4400
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Ranked #12 of 28 Attractions in Yuma
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
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... more » 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. « less
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Gilberdyke
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403 reviews 403 reviews
236 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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29 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
27 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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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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84 reviews 84 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Deming, New Mexico
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140 reviews 140 reviews
29 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

None of our three GPS's could find it and Mapquest only got us six miles away, but the signs picked it up from there. Wonderful and interesting visitors center, great staff and interesting wildlife.

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Reading, UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Drove acroos the Dunes from Salton Sea, most interesting trip and the dunes are awesome. Returned via Interstate which also crosses the Dunes and admired the canals to transfer water.

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