Downtown Yuma

Yuma is the largest city and county seat of Yuma County, Arizona, located near the borders of California and Mexico.


Get in

By car

Yuma is on Interstate 8, about 2 hours and 40 minutes east of San Diego, and 2 hours and 30 minutes west of the town of Casa Grande at the intersection of Interstates 8 and 10 between Phoenix and Tucson. Note that Yuma is located at a freight train stop; the last before California. This results in a lot of transients in the small conservative town. The police, in line with other places in Arizona, are quick to arrest 'loiterers'. If you are traveling with a backpack and don't look like a college student, be prepared to be rousted and harassed.

By plane

  Yuma International Airport is served by American Eagle, providing service to Phoenix. The nearest full service airports are located in Phoenix and San Diego.

By train

By bus

Get around


Guard tower at Yuma Territorial Prison Park
Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park


The Sonoran Desert near Yuma


Outdoor activities



Yuma is a good place to get Mexican food if not accustomed to the region.


Mid-range and splurge





Go next

Yuma is next to the Mexican border, but getting in is not quite as easy as it seems due to the Colorado River. There is no access bridge from any part of the city. Due to a geographic oddity, Mexico is both to the west (shorter), and to the south (further). The shortest way is to go into California on I-8, then south on Algodones Road (State Route 186), and cross the border into metro Mexicali. (The first town is called Los Algodones.) You can also go south on US-95 from Yuma for just over 20 miles, and cross the border into San Luis Rio Colorado.

Routes through Yuma

Los Angeles Palm Springs  W  E  Tucson San Antonio
San Diego El Centro  W  E  Dateland Casa Grande
Blythe Quartzsite  N  S  San Luis San Luis Rio Colorado

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