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Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
Ranked #4 of 52 things to do in Yuma
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Owner description: Once a major military supply point, this site contains the quartermaster depot and officers' quarters as well as restored historic buildings commemorating five centuries of transportation across the Colorado River.
Reviewed October 7, 2012

There's not much to do in Yuma from what we saw, but this was a good way to spend a couple of hours.
A lot of good exhibits, although not really much that's interactive for kids.

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Also known as the Quartermaster Depot, this park is best visited in cooler weather because seeing everything entails walking outside in the sun or standing in hot and stuffy rooms indoors. However, if summer is the only time you are in Yuma--like it was for me--then don't let the weather dissuade you from visiting this place. It was very interesting to learn about the Army's role in Yuma as a supply post for the entire southwestern part of the US in the second half of the nineteenth century.

There are several buildings on the grounds and you walk in a circular path to see them. They all have displays and signs explaining their history. The building where the quartermaster (who was the Army officer in charge of the depot) and his family lived was fascinating in its period restoration of the rooms. The large storehouse, now functioning as a kind of transportation museum with lots of period vehicles, was also very interesting. Another building described the Bureau of Reclamation's Colorado River Siphon project, which was directed from here, was also fascinating.

The building that you enter to access the park also serves as the Yuma Visitors Center and is filled with brochures and materials about the area. It also contains a gift shop. And--it's air-conditioned, which provided a very welcome respite from the heat after exploring all the buildings. There is no entrance fee but donations are accepted. Give yourself about two hours if you want to thoroughly explore the park.

1  Thank Lanhua
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

We stopped at Gateway Park for a picnic on our way home to California. It was a nice, clean park with plenty of covered picnic tables or grassy areas if you want to lay out a blanket on the banks of the Colorado River. There were a few other families but the place is big enough to not feel crowded. Next time I'll bring my bathing suit to go tubing with the others that were enjoying the cool river water. There are clean restrooms and a couple of showers to wash off afterward.

1  Thank MrBoxty
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

It was very educational and even though I have lived here off and on for many years, I never knew there were so many things to do, it is a hub of great information for things to due all winter and spring. Plus the site hosts several great events throughout the year, don't miss it. People there are very friendly and will guide you to any other attaction in the area with clear directions.

Thank shellyVMN
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We visited the historic park and were amazed at how much there was to see and the cost is free! Alot of history about the area and lots of exhibits to see. A great place to learn about the area and step back into time.

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