Yuma Nature

Beaver in West Wetlands Park
Beaver in West Wetlands Park

Home to the lower Colorado River, Yuma, Arizona is abundant in nature destinations. From the pup fish at Imperial National Wildlife Refuge to the wild burros and bighorn sheep at nearby Picacho CA State Recreation Area, the waterfowl at Mittry Lake, and beaver in the Yuma East and West Wetlands, there is a plethora of bird and wildlife species to experience.

This desert oasis invites you to go for a hike, take a bird or nature walk, and go kayaking or canoeing. And don’t forget to visit the various gardens that bustle with birds, butterflies and beautiful desert blooms.

Ducks and Geese at Yuma Conservation Garden
Ducks and Geese at Yuma Conservation Garden

Main bird and nature viewing spots include the Yuma East Wetlands and West Wetlands Park within the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, as well as Cibola and Kofa National Wildlife Refuges, Mittry Lake State Wildlife Area. In neighboring Southern California, you can also explore the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, and the Salton Sea and Picacho State Recreation Areas. Just taking a slow drive through the lush farmlands offers bird viewing opportunities that include burrowing owls, blackbirds, egrets and herons, and various raptors. For a list of species of plants and animals, visit the iNaturalist website here.

For a birding check list, download this pdf file.

Local Yuma gardens to visit include the Yuma Conservation Garden, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, and the Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardens in West Wetlands Park.