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Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

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12812 Wildlife Way, Yuma, AZ 85365, USA, Yuma, AZ
+1 520-783-4400
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Great time at INWR.

Went with a group of birders and truly loved our time here. Beautiful scenery, quiet and peaceful... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Yuma, Arizona
A beautiful drive

I really enjoyed the drive! The variety of terrain was interesting - water, volcanic rocks, sand... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2017
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Stretching 30 miles along the Colorado River, and encompassing desert and wetlands, this site has plentiful plant and animal life and is a great place for bird watching, hiking, boating and fishing.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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12812 Wildlife Way, Yuma, AZ 85365, USA, Yuma, AZ
+1 520-783-4400
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Went with a group of birders and truly loved our time here. Beautiful scenery, quiet and peaceful. Saw many beautiful birds. Pack a lunch and eat at the picnic area beside the information center. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Thank carolgorenc
Reviewed 5 February 2017

I really enjoyed the drive! The variety of terrain was interesting - water, volcanic rocks, sand, white rocks, and higher sharp hills (maybe mountains if you haven't lived near the Rockies!). My camera was happy - lots of landscape photography available. My ONLY complaint was...More

2  Thank jstauf51
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Nice place to hike and maybe see some of the local residents of the desert. Medium difficulty hiking. Very enjoyable!

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We were very impressed with the visitor center to start our visit. While we are far from avid birders, we enjoyed watching numerous water fowl, pelicans and osprey. The Painted Desert trail was impressive. Worth the stop.

1  Thank Mei Mei B
Reviewed 14 January 2017

To see the Sand Dunes, in this area is interesting, the dunes are changing all of the time, just a desolate looking place, but should be seen.

1  Thank Bob D
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Let me first be clear....the Painted Desert Trail is located within the refuge. And it's not difficult to find if you follow the BROWN signs. Go past the first turn outside of Yuma for the Proving grounds to the turn marked Martinez Lake Road and...More

3  Thank Ann G
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I don't know why people have a difficult time finding this, as in other reviews. It is well marked and easy to find. Just don't turn into the Yuma Proving Ground entrance. It's the next turn further north. There is a very nice visitors center...More

2  Thank Fairbanks_AKCamper
Reviewed 25 November 2016

So I will start off by it is hard to get here if you don't do your research and are not from around here. We had a blast, roads in this area can be bumpy but drive able. Its best to go in the cooler...More

2  Thank Jason H
Reviewed 20 May 2016

The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is located about a half an hour from Yuma. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to stop by the visitor center, but proceeded directly to the look-out points above the river and to the Painted Desert Trail. The Painted Desert Trail...More

5  Thank worldtraveller2801
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We really wanted to see the tortoise habitat. We drove along the road for several miles, but we did not see any wildlife.

3  Thank Dawna Leigh W
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Ruby S
31 December 2016|
Response from Fairbanks_AKCamper | Reviewed this property |
No, not on the refuge.