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Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

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Tricky to get to!

There is not much of the Wildlife Refuge people can actually get to and those bits you can are... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2018
Medway, United Kingdom
Lots to see

There was so much to see here. We hiked the painted trail and saw donkeys and sheeps. We ate lunch... read more

Reviewed March 24, 2018
Zitea C
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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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12812 Wildlife Way, Yuma, AZ 85365, USA, Yuma, AZ
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

There is not much of the Wildlife Refuge people can actually get to and those bits you can are mostly on foot. The (long) road up to the visitor centre is unmade and very stony - a bit nerve wracking in a rental car! The...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

There was so much to see here. We hiked the painted trail and saw donkeys and sheeps. We ate lunch at the nice lake park. The visitors center was helpful and a good video to see.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Zitea C
Reviewed March 18, 2018

Don't normally review attractions but this place is amazing. Had visited the Yuma Prison and Quartermaster store on previous visits to Yuma and were looking for something to pass a spare afternoon. Had planned to be at the Yuma Air Show all day but the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

If you're in the area, this is a neat place to stop. We did a hike, about 1.5mi long - perfect in the cooler months! It's pretty remote & nice to see the outdoors in a place that's not loaded with tourists.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Richard A
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

This is a hour hike in the desert and is a great way to see the country side. The climb is not hard but good walking shoes are a must. I would recommend this trail for everyone who is a first time visitor. A very...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed December 29, 2017

What a find! Great place to visit. The people at the visitor center were helpful and friendly. The visitor center is on a dirt road which was well graded and easy to drive. We hiked Painted Desert Trail which is about 3 miles from the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Our group have been going here for day hikes for the last couple years. We hike twice a month at INWR. Usually our guide is Dave and he has another volunteer with him. Dave is very informative about the area and wildlife. Most of the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank gjsamson
Reviewed September 26, 2017

Beautiful landscapes here. Not much to really do in Yuma. This is a nice way to see nature in the area.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Curtez151
Reviewed February 21, 2017

Went with a group of birders and truly loved our time here. Beautiful scenery, quiet and peaceful. Saw many beautiful birds. Pack a lunch and eat at the picnic area beside the information center. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank carolgorenc
Reviewed February 4, 2017

I really enjoyed the drive! The variety of terrain was interesting - water, volcanic rocks, sand, white rocks, and higher sharp hills (maybe mountains if you haven't lived near the Rockies!). My camera was happy - lots of landscape photography available. My ONLY complaint was...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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Ruby S
December 30, 2016|
Response from Fairbanks_AKCamper | Reviewed this property |
No, not on the refuge.