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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: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
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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Yuma, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
68 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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494 reviews 494 reviews
288 attraction reviews
276 helpful votes 276 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
18 helpful votes 18 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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205 reviews 205 reviews
37 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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