Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area

A tree-lined river, bridge in the distance, and the backdrop of a pastel evening sky.
A view of Yuma Crossing.

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Quick Facts

Location:
Yuma, Arizona
Significance:
The first Europeans to visit Yuma Crossing arrived in 1540, when Hernando de Alarcon led a small band of sailors up the Colorado River in support of Coronado’s expedition into the Southwest. Over the next five and one-half centuries, events occurred at the Yuma Crossing that are of significance in the development of the Southwest, California, and the nation.
Designation:
National Heritage Area

The Colorado River crossing at Yuma, Arizona, has a rich history, accented in recent years by irrigation works that have transformed the region into an agricultural oasis. But in the process, riparian areas suffered and the riverfront became blighted. Today, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is working to restore the region’s wetlands and reconnect the city to its historic downtown. 

The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area boasts two state historic parks, one National Historic Landmark—Yuma Crossing and Associated Sites—two new riverfront parks connected by a multi-use path, 350 acres of restored wetlands, and an interpretive plaza that tells the many stories of the Yuma Crossing.

A locally based, citizen-led, private non-profit corporation entitled the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Corporation serves as the management entity of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.