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Discover the yum in Yuma

Dinner on a farm tour, photos courtesy Yuma Visitors Bureau

Where is Yuma, Ariz.?
Yuma is near the confluence of the Gila and Colorado rivers, midway between Phoenix and San Diego, 180 miles from each.

How do we get there?

Interstate 8 runs through Yuma; state highway 95 runs north to Interstate 10 and south to the Mexican border. Daily air service is available from Phoenix and Los Angeles at Yuma International Airport.

The Yuma Visitors Bureau won Best Innovative Promotion at the Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism for its Yuma 101 program, which teaches tourism employees and citizens about Yuma so they can promote it to others.

What’s new?
The Kress Ultra Lounge, at the top of a downtown building, has meeting space and a rooftop lounge.

  •  Waylon’s Water World opened last summer with a lazy river ride, tubes and slides and party areas.
  • The Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park and the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park plan to expand their event venues.

Tell me about the area’s main meeting venues.

  • Yuma has 4,000 hotel rooms. The largest conference property is the Hilton Garden Inn and Pivot Point Conference Center, with 21,500 square feet of meeting space. The Q Casino Resort and Pipa Event Center has 20,000 square feet of meeting space. In addition to meeting space, Cocopah Casino Resort has a golf course and an entertainment center.
  • The arts are celebrated downtown in the 640-seat historic Yuma Theater and  adjoining art gallery.
  • The Yuma Civic Center’s 15,000-square-foot meeting space has been abuzz since the 1970s. A golf course borders the center.
  • The Schoening Conference Center at Arizona Western College has more than 9,000 square feet of meeting space and a courtyard.
  • Once the supplier for military posts, the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park is used for festivals, concerts and other events. At the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, visitors can walk through original cells and take their own vintage mug shots.
  • Groups gather in an English-style chapel, a courtyard, a former parish house or a historic kitchen at St. Paul’s Cultural Center.