While we were work camping in Yuma we found Gateway Park. We were in a resort located on Interstate 8 at Exit 14. Gateway Park is accessible from Interstate 8 by taking Exit 1, Giss Parkway, and is located in downtown historic Yuma on the Colorado River.
Clean And Well Maintained
There is a beach area, two fishing docks, a playground, Ramadas, picnic tables, grills, and restrooms. There is also a multiuse paved walkway utilized by walkers and bicyclists. On our visits, we noted that the park was clean and well maintained. You can also launch kayaks from this park.
Watch Where You Park
We found that under the freeway bridge above the parking lot hundreds of birds hang out and nest there. That being said, be careful where you park…lol.
The Colorado River
Running above the park and crossing the Colorado River is the Ocean to Ocean Bridge as well as train tacks that run parallel to the bridge. We were at the park after dark and were able to see the bridge sign “Ocean – To – Ocean Highway Yuma” lit up.
Gateway Park is centrally located between and within walking distance of the Yuma East Westlands, Pivot Point Plaza, and a little further off is the West Wetlands. We visited all of these and would recommend checking them out.
Homeless At The Locomotive
We did note several homeless people at the Pivot Point Plaza Steam Locomotive display however they did not bother us and stayed to themselves.
We visited Gateway park several times while in Yuma. Relaxing by the Colorado River is extremely peaceful. If you are done relaxing and want to move around a bit, you have options. Nearby hiking and biking trails are everywhere. We would recommend stopping by if you are in the area, especially to catch a sunset and the Ocean to Ocean Bridge sign lit up at night.
Date of Visit: Winter 2019
East 1st Street and Gila Street