Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
On July 1, 1876, the first seven inmates entered the Territorial Prison at Yuma and were locked into the new cells they had built themselves. Today at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park walk through the actual strap iron cells and solitary chamber of Arizona Territory’s first prison. Now a museum, the prison houses photographs and colorful exhibits of those who once “involuntarily” stayed there and the harsh life they had to endure.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Joe Teposte
    Yuma, Arizona17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No Delorean needed
    If you enjoy the paranormal this is a must-visit, especially during Halloween. The prison is a gothic reminder of the old west, the guard tower oversees the City of Yuma. The exhibits and miniatures are amazing. The prison is preserved and you're allowed to enter the "Dark Cell" where the worst of the worst were confined to.
    Visited October 2022
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Angela S
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Way more than I expected!
    Was NOT expecting more than a little walk around outside park like "thing" but boy was I pleasantly surprised. You MUST do the small fee that allows you to go to the prison cells and the museum itself. It is so interesting and there are artifacts galore, lots of info on prisoners and it's fascinating the things that folks in the 1800s were even arrested much less put in jail for. All I know is if people could still be put in jail for adultery, we'd need a lot of jails haha. Allow an hour or two.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Hans
    Kwadendamme, The Netherlands2,917 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    Located close to the Interstate 8 this museum is a great place for history buffs. The museum has some different buildings, some original and some renovated. The cell block gives a pretty good impression on the harsh life inside. The museum is informative and nicely displayed. All staff which we spoke were very friendly and welcoming.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Cleo
    51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History for Sure
    this was informational and a place well preserved. Gals in shop were very nice and held my hat in shop for me as it was very windy that day! Black cage was eerie as there are NO lights in cave! A must read on the female inmates!!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Statia D
    Portal, Arizona437 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great was to spend a couple of hours.
    If you're looking for something to do in Yuma, this is a must, especially if you enjoy history and nature! I actually went to Yuma JUST to do this, and I have no regrets. I spent over two hours there. There is so much more to see than just the jail cells. The museum is crammed with information. They have all the records on all of the prisoners, and I was quite surprised to see how many ladies had served time there. The prison is on the Colorado river. It offers information on the history, the local tribes, how they interacted with the Spanish, the building of the train and the awesome truss bridge that crosses the river. There is also information on Fort Yuma and the old mission that was built across the river. There's something for everyone and the fee is modest.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Tim R
    Kamloops, Canada730 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Experience and History!
    Great History at this site. We spent about an hour going through the facilities. The staff had great insight and history to what happened here, etc. Seeing the conditions back then in prisons were a eye opener for sure!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 16, 2024
  • Sara Bb
    West Jordan, Utah10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and Engaging
    Yuma Prison is one of the best curated state park museums I have seen. The exhibits are clean, engaging, and very informative. There is plenty of space to wander and soak in the experience. Would highly reccomend for all ages.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 24, 2024
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has this park closed at the moment. We walked around the area and visited the old cemetery with no names on the grave sites. Despite the pandemic they should open up the prison and allow only a certain number of people inside at a time.
Written May 28, 2020
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS1,018 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Life was not easy here & this museum does a great job of telling what it was like to be incarcerated here. There is a lot to see here & much of the original prison remains. What I really appreciated is that I am a disabled veteran & this is one of the few places I have been that give admission discounts to disabled veterans. Thank You!
Written March 9, 2022
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EugeC
San Diego, CA325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Very well done! Interesting and informative way to spend an hour or two. The Yuma Territorial Prison park is a must-see for children and adults, men and women visiting Yuma. In addition to the special experience of seeing an old prison up close and learning about a slice of Yuma's history (along with learning about some characters and prisoners), visitors can also enjoy scenic views from the park grounds.

Visitors should note that there is no hot food or much in the way of outdoor shaded seating at the park. The premises do include an air-conditioned building with well-researched and engaging exhibits plus a small movie theater with seats.
Written April 1, 2022
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Sal_Paradise767
Durham, NC5,736 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
This is a fun place to explore. They have done a good job combining both the historical buildings from the prison along with information so you learn a lot. It's presented in a fun but historical way and their docents are really helpful and knowledgeable. A lot of it is also outside which is never a bad thing in this current climate.
Written February 18, 2021
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,559 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Worth visiting for a bit. Gives you a nice history of the old West in this region. Much of the original grounds are gone, but the museum has photos to give you a good sense of the layout. Also histories of some of the inmates as well as their jailers. Most of the site is outdoors as you overlook the Colorado and what is now a refurbished wetland area. You can walk into osme of the cells. The short movie in the museum is worth watching. And I always though the Earps were good guys until I read a little about them here. To get here you'll need to find Prison Hill Road. After, you can park down in the park and explore the river area a bit. Don't forget to visit the cemetery area below the parking.
Written March 9, 2021
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Jeffc1031
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Looks like someone's collection of antiques thrown into an exibit that they charge you 15.00 to see. Online description doesn't tell you they want to charge 75.00 per person to take you into the mine. Beware the last 9 miles getting there is all dirt and rock roads, no pavement.
Written April 27, 2023
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Thomas C
Fossil170 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This prison was one of the first west of Texas. You don't really get a feel for what the 3000 + male and 26 female inmates had to deal with. Once you visit you realize how remote and difficult this site is. They did have the first power plant in the area. You did not want to be in prison in 1876..
Written January 13, 2020
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KathyTX
Gold Canyon, AZ134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Amazed at all the historical data available. The museum was fascinating. All photos of the inmates lots of women charge with adultery. Couldn't believe all the crafts these prisoners made during their incarcerations. It was really well presented. The entrance fee was very low we paid $6.00 each for seniors. The cells were available to look at.
Written October 30, 2021
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Paul G
Tucson, AZ3,984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Located overlooking The Colorado River, looking hopelessly at freedom the men and women who stayed here all had very different experiences. Some were minor, some were major, all were horrific.

While visitning, close the iron door and imagine yourself sharing with five other unwashed inmates. It is a impressive deterent to being sent there.

The museum has a very impressive and detailed display of life here and the gift shop has some unusual itiems.

The thing that I like best is the name of the high school, They are "The Criminals" which is a factual nod to the time that this place served as The High School.

All in all, a worthwhile visit,
Written January 1, 2023
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draePDX
Portland, OR175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The Yuma Territorial Prison State Park tells its story very well. One can imagine what life there might be as both cells and the dark cell can be entered. There is a movie and interesting displays about the history, the people and prison life. Though life there was very hard, the prison had electricity before many of the people of Yuma did. The prison also had a library for the prisoners, a prison band and adequate medical care.

The view and the breeze from the guard lookout is refreshing so if you can get up there (no handicap access), it’s worth it.
Written February 28, 2020
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