While we were workamping at Sundance RV Resort we enjoyed many day trip adventures and while researching the area we found the Colorado River State Historic Park. It is also known as Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park and formerly the Yuma Crossing State Historic Park. It is an Arizona state park in the city of Yuma, Arizona.
The park is comprised of 10 acres and includes five buildings which remain from the quartermaster depot days that are filled with historic exhibits. The exhibits include the history of the Colorado River, what the commanding officers quarters looked like back in the day and weather and telegraph stations.
Numerous Exhibits Throughout
The exhibits outside include a stone-built reservoir, a steam boiler and an assortment of wagons. Also included is a Southern Pacific Railroad Passenger Coach Car. Ramadas and picnic tables are placed throughout the park and can be reserved for family picnic usage. The day we were there they were setting up for a wedding.
After walking around for a while we found “Back In Time Pie Shoppe” which is in the historic adobe corral house. Eva was very friendly and offered a small lunch menu and homemade pies, and of course, we had to sample a few of her homemade pies. You can call and schedule a tea party (check their website.)
The Yuma Visitor Center
In addition to being a state historic park, it is home of the Yuma Visitor Information Center. The park and visitor center are open year-round. In order to access the park, you must enter and pay at the visitor center. There are public restrooms located inside.
Also in the visitor center, there is a display of the park’s military history in the late 19th century and a history of the work done by the Bureau of Reclamation during the 20th century. You are able to sit and watch a short movie of the area history. There is also a gift shop that sells a variety of books and souvenirs.
There is an abundance of information and history at this park. We spent several hours walking the grounds and enjoying the exhibits in the different buildings. It is definitely something you should check out if you are in Yuma.
Colorado River State Historic Park
201 N. 4th Avenue
Fees: $6 (age 14 and older), $3 active duty and retired military, $5 for senior citizens, $3 for kids ages 7-13, kids age 6 and younger free. Other pricing may apply during special events.