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Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Yuma, AZ
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+1 520-783-4400
07:30 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:00

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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A beautiful drive

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the lack of visible wildlife. I've been searching for the wild donkeys - have made... More 

Thank jstauf51
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice place to hike and maybe see some of the local residents of the desert. Medium difficulty hiking. Very enjoyable!

Thank Linda H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were very impressed with the visitor center to start our visit. While we are far from avid birders, we enjoyed watching numerous water fowl, pelicans and osprey. The Painted Desert trail was impressive. Worth the stop.

Thank Mei Mei B
Caledonia, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

To see the Sand Dunes, in this area is interesting, the dunes are changing all of the time, just a desolate looking place, but should be seen.

Thank Bob D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Let me first be clear....the Painted Desert Trail is located within the refuge. And it's not difficult to find if you follow the BROWN signs. Go past the first turn outside of Yuma for the Proving grounds to the turn marked Martinez Lake Road and follow the signs. The trail was absolutely spectacular! The most gorgeous sights! We took our... More 

Thank Ann G
Fairbanks, AK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

I don't know why people have a difficult time finding this, as in other reviews. It is well marked and easy to find. Just don't turn into the Yuma Proving Ground entrance. It's the next turn further north. There is a very nice visitors center and the Painted Desert trail is a nice hike. We went late December.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

So I will start off by it is hard to get here if you don't do your research and are not from around here. We had a blast, roads in this area can be bumpy but drive able. Its best to go in the cooler times it can get hot from walking and it is desert area. It is not... More 

Thank Jason H
Chula Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is located about a half an hour from Yuma. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to stop by the visitor center, but proceeded directly to the look-out points above the river and to the Painted Desert Trail. The Painted Desert Trail is about a mile long loop through beautifully colored rocks. The trail is fairly easy... More 

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Somerset, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We really wanted to see the tortoise habitat. We drove along the road for several miles, but we did not see any wildlife.

2 Thank Dawna Leigh W
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Another great wildlife refuge along the Colorado River. We started at the visitor’s center and watched the video and walked to the covered overlook. From there, we drove to Mesquite Point where we could walk down to the water. There were some ducks, coots and grebes on the water. We also hiked the Painted Desert Trail which was beautiful. This... More 

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