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Address: Yuma, AZ
Phone Number: 520-783-4400
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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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Outstanding displays at visitor centre

I confess we weren't heading to the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, but pleasantly surprised to find it. We were planning on kayaking at Martinez Lake - but our GPS led us... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Armstrong, Canada
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Armstrong, Canada
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I confess we weren't heading to the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, but pleasantly surprised to find it. We were planning on kayaking at Martinez Lake - but our GPS led us astray. We didn't see any wildlife, but the inside displays are excellent. They have super binoculars so you have excellent close up views of the mountains in the distance.... More 

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Lots to read about, a good little outing for the afternoon. Unfortunately we went on a windy cool day and never got to see any wild life. Did get to learn quite a bit about plants thou.

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osoyoos
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Followed the signs and the GPS and it lead us all the way down dusty country roads where we arrived at our destination = two roads dissecting? Nothing else in sight> we did see lots of little owls on the ground but nothing else

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1 Thank Heather T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

It takes some patience to reach the trailhead over dirt roads, but they were smooth and easily accessible in an ordinary car. The trail has a few ups and downs but is mostly flat and is easily accessible in ordinary shoes. The scenery is spectacular. Bring your camera, and bring water.

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2 Thank Walter B
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

A drive in the outback of Arizona. 4x4 recomended. You can get to the visitors center with a normal car. Good views over the river from the outlooks. Saw many herons. The marked path is worth the walk, but its hard going in the heat of August. Take water with you.

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Thank Andy P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Stop at the office first. They have many displays of the wildlife. The staff is very friendly and are knowledgable. Check for the dates they are open. Usually fall and winter?

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Thank edward b
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

We are just visiting in Yuma for the weekend. We drove out here mainly to find Lake Martinez but also to go to the visitor center. It's true that most of the snowbirds have left, but it is not the hot season yet so I'm not sure why the visitors center is as already closed "for the season". What a... More 

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1 Thank Kokrines
Yuma, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

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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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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2 Thank D B
Winchester, Virginia
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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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