Snowbirds are flocking to Yuma! Roughly 90,000 winter residents supplement the citys population and an additional 300,000 visit the city of just under 100,000 residents. Easy accessibility along Interstate 8, feeding into I-10, allows Yuma to be the hub to the Southwestern United States.
Why do snowbirds flock here? Yuma is Arizona's warmest winter city and the sunniest year round place in the USA. The wonderfully temperate winter climate with temperatures in the low 70's makes this a popular destination for snowbirds. Yuma has an average temperature of 80 degrees during the fall and winter months making this the perfect climate to spend a few months dodging rain and snow elsewhere.
There are more than 60 RV resorts and parks in the Yuma area. An additional 1,000 RV sites are currently being developed to accommodate an ever greater influx of snowbirds.
Cultural facilities, community events and outdoor activities, extensive retail and hospitality venues, all combine to make Yuma a popular spot. Yuma offers a variety of recreational activities and cultural attractions.
Winter visitors favorite activities are antique shows, arts and crafts bazaars, seminars, health fairs, home shows, banquets, concerts, a diverse selection of restaurants, shopping boutiques, and dances. Outdoor activities include hiking the deserts, dune buggying, mountain biking, and boating on the soothing waters of the Colorado River.
There are many hunting and fishing opportunities in Yuma. Uninhabited areas of the county offer a home for a variety of game and fish and breathtaking scenery. Mule Deer and Desert Bighorn Sheep can be found in surrounding areas.
Yuma's Parks and Recreation Department oversees the operation and maintenance of 13 parks, 7 athletic complexes, 3 recreation centers, 3 swimming pools, 3 tennis complexes and 2 golf courses. There are many golf courses within a 15-25 minute drive.
Yuma is nestled in the Yuma and Gila valleys located in the southwest corner of Arizona, on the banks of the Colorado River near the Mexican border. Yuma occupies 107 square miles on the far west side of Arizona, close to the US-Mexico border. The California border is nearby. Yuma is is in the Sonoran Desert just west of the Gila and Colorado River confluence. The clean air affords residents and visitors alike a year round vista of surrounding rugged mountains.
Yuma and its surrounding area is unique to the Southwest. The Colorado River winds through rugged mountain canyons, feeds numerous lakes and channels, making sure that the creatures of the desert have a place to quench their thirst or clean their feathers. There are more than 380 species of birds to enjoy.
The Yuma valley has some of the most fertile soils in the world, having received silt and mineral deposits from the Colorado and Gila River floods until the rivers were tamed by an intricate series of dams and canals. Agriculture is a multi-billion dollar business with Yuma being the countrys highest producer of winter vegetables, especially lettuce.
Living close to the Mexican border offers a great opportunity for multi-cultural and international business opportunities as well as short trips to some of Mexico's beautiful beaches.
To visit Mexico, if you don't have a passport, then a US Passport Card is recommeded. Click here for details.