Yuma, Arizona, is situated along the Colorado River at the mouth of the Gila River and just north of the border with Mexico. The Colorado River runs along the north and west side of town, dividing Arizona and California. The fertile land and proximity to water has drawn settlers to the area for thousands of years. Yuma serves as the county seat of Yuma County and has a population of more than 87,000.
The average temperature in Yuma is 75 degrees. Temperatures range from highs near 105 degrees in August to lows of 36 degrees in January. One of the hottest cities in the United States during the summer, Yuma was named the sunniest place on Earth by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Like other parts of Arizona, tourism plays an important part in the local economy. In addition, the warm dry climate and the fertile land makes this Arizona's most productive growing region resulting in a $700-billion agriculture business and yielding crops of lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, cantaloupe, watermelon, wheat and Sudan grass. Citrus (principally lemons), cotton and alfalfa are also planted in the area.
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is one of the nation's top training and testing facilities. Its location offers year-round conditions for training and acres of open land for testing. Hence, the base is the busiest in the Marine Corps. The Yuma Proving Ground north of the city is used by all branches of the military and draws military personnel and foreign visitors into the area for various periods of time.
Like much of Arizona, Yuma enjoys warm winter temperatures and low humidity. Spending time outdoors enjoying the moderate climate is a popular pastime for residents and visitors.
Yuma has 13 challenging golf courses. Recreational boating is available on the Colorado River and on many of the smaller lakes in the area. An abundance of fish makes the Colorado River attractive for the novice and avid fisherman alike.
The Painted Desert Trail takes about an hour to walk at a leisurely pace.
Algodones Dunes is the largest sand dune ecosystem in the United States. The area is very popular with off-road vehicle owners.
Wildlife attractions around Yuma include:
The Desert Sun Stadium is home to the minor league baseball team Yuma Scorpions and hosts Arizona Winter League games from January through March. It is also home to two teams in the Arizona Winter League.
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