We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Giss Parkway, 1 Prison Hill Road, Yuma, AZ 85364
928-783-4771
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 28 attractions in Yuma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, History Museums
Owner description: Only remnants remain of this historic prison built in 1876, where you can see photographs of some of the prisoners who served time here over its 33... more » Owner description: Only remnants remain of this historic prison built in 1876, where you can see photographs of some of the prisoners who served time here over its 33 years of operation and get a feel for frontier justice. « less
Write a Review

285 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    157
    110
    18
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
North Palm Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Worth checking out for a few hours. Different, unusual, and very interesting. Gives you a feel for what life was like there. Very cool to see the architecture. Has a museum which goes into detail about the prison. Sometime you think why should you visit a prison, but you will not be disappointed. Very interesting to view the past.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the visit this summer! Yes, you are correct, there is some amazing architecture! Brilliant work by our forefathers...the remaining structures are still functional and preserved over 100 years later! Hope to see you back soon and thank you again for the visit! More

San Diego
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Old prison cells, a great view of the river from the top. It gets hot here, so plan a visit in the winter or spring. Take a photo of yourself with a striped prison shirt.. Lots of good museum quality artifacts. Minimal entrance fee supports the park. Recommend if you are near Yuma.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thanks for swinging in to visit us! We do hope you will come back soon...and yes, it is a little more enjoyable in the winter and early Spring! However, when you are here in the dead of summer, the heat really lends itself well in giving you a true feel for what ti must have been like more than 100... More

Brooklyn, New York
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Residents of Yuma did a great job of preserving this prison and keep it open to the public. What I found interesting is the fact that back in days, amenities the prisoners had were better than for regular citizens of Arizona. After all "Wild West" was not so wild.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming down to Yuma and visiting our park! Yes, it is quite interesting to find the "amenities" that prisoners had available to them ....what a critical time in history and the development of the the west! More

Winter Haven, Florida
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Only those persons who were locked up there could ever really know what a miserable life it must have been to be incarcerated at Yuma prison. It was supposed to be the most modern prison of its time, but, it was a hell hole for its guests. Intolerable summer heat, open cells facing the sun, up to several persons in... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us in Yuma! Safe travels! More

Ajo, Arizona
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

One wonders what people were thinking when they committed a crime in the Arizona Territory when the prison was operating. Though considered modern at the time, being at the Yuma Territorial Prison was no picnic. Unbearably hot and crowded, the place was the home of over 3,000 men and women over its 30+ years in operation. The park, as it... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Rainexpert...thank you so much for taking the time to visit us...great pix! More

Strathroy
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Drove to Yuma in March 2014 and did a self-guided tour of the prison. There are interesting exhibits and videos. The prison has been featured in a number of movies. Alot of the prison has been demolished and then rebuilt for tourists. You can only go on in a couple of cells and there is not much in there other... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Ray D...we do appreciate you all taking the time to stop in while you were in Yuma! Thank you!! More

Tucson, Arizona
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is a great state park. The exhibits are well put together and there is a ton of fun information about the prison. Touring it and being able to walk into the cells put a completely different perspective on what it took to survive in Yuma back then. We were there during the summer and despite the heat, it was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Blanca, Thanks for taking the time to visit us, despite the summer heat. Although the weather truly lends itself well in getting a real feel for what it must have been like! Have a great summer and hope to see you back soon! More

Yuma, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The park has some pretty views and great places to take pictures. Although a small park that took us about an hour and half to go thru, it was fun. You can go in the prison cells, take goofy pictures, read about notorious yuma prisoners, and learn some historical facts. The only part that was a let down was the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Sasha...thanks for the visit! More

Yuma
Top Contributor
221 reviews 221 reviews
4 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our Geocaching club" S.W.A.G." presented them with a plaque. Nice place to see. Would not recommend staying there. Cap & Virginia

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Cap and Virginia...thanks for the visit; the cell block says it misses you...it is whispering..."we want you back"! More

Yuma, Arizona
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

You wouldn't want to be incarcerated here..... totally primitive cells and cellblocks, mostly carved out of the existing rock where the Colorado and Gila rivers met on their way to Mexico and the gulf. Even though the facility is considerably smaller than originally constructed, you still get a feel of the miserable conditions that the prisoners went through, especially in... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice message...and more importantly your visit! More

Travelers who viewed Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park also viewed

 

Been to Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing