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Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Giss Parkway, 1 Prison Hill Road, Yuma, AZ 85364
928-783-4771
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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
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San Diego
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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.

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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
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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.

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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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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

Sasha...thanks for the visit! More

Yuma
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201 reviews 201 reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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

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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
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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

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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

Yuma, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

as someone who grew up on the east coast this place is like something you would see out of an old western movie. You definitely get a feel for the old west and how rough it was for those early settlers. Not a big site so you can walk through in a short period of time Seeing the old cells... More

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

Thank you for the visit; we appreciate it! More

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