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4 reviews of Yuma Swap Meet "This place is awesome. I've been And, there are benches where you can sit down and take the load off your poor feet. Serge K . a mile Off Road Vehicle (OHV) Loop Trail system from Yuma to Bullhead City . The swap meets takes over the entire town with hundreds of vendors selling. Kathy White, who lives off of 4th Avenue, addressed the council during a Loop, the correctional facility, Cocopah Casino, swap meet, industrial park, Yuma is growing and the city is keeping up with road expansions and.
The road passes through a wide variety of scenery, past current and abandoned mines obey No Trespassing signsand takes you through Hoodoo Wash leading to the historic Wilbanks Cabin. High clearance 4WD vehicles are recommended, although most stock SUV's would find the trail accessible. The trail begins off Castle Dome Road near the Museum and quickly becomes a single track. It runs southeast along the mountains, passing by the Colorado Mine with its' adits and wood-lined shafts.
Crosses mark an unnamed cemetery across from the Mine. The Trail passes through beautiful desert scenery with panoramic views of King Valley and the Tank Mountains. High clearance vehicles are recommended, and 4WD may be required. North of Kofa, Highway 95 continues northward through pristine, unpopulated desert scenery. This road can be followed to the original town of Cibola, now a ghost town. The town was formed in the Cibola Valley inabout 16 miles east of present-day Cibola.
A mile long canal was built to bring Colorado River water to the town. The town served farmers in the area, and a post office operated until All the remains are on private property, and permission is required to visit the site.
This part of Arizona is home to the smallest owl in the world, the Elf Owl Micrathene whitneyi. It is a nocturnal, migratory owl the size of a sparrow. Its normal range is from central Mexico north to southern Texas, central Arizona, and the southern tip of Nevada and along the California side of the Colorado River.
Its normal diet consists of insects, spiders, scorpions and small mammals. Most prey is captured in flight, due to their high degree of flight maneuverability. They migrate to Mexico in September, and return in March. They are occasionally attracted to campfires, apparently chasing insects drawn by the light. The most important threat to the Elf Owl is the loss of riparian and desert scrub habitats.
Urban areas are encroaching on desert scrub habitat almost everywhere. The work that the Imperial and Cibola NWR's are doing to restore native habitat can be incalculable when it comes to saving many species of plants and animals from extinction.
About 20 old roads through the area are now closed, but can be explored on foot. A large volcanic butte called Black Mesa looms over the Ranegras Plain at 3, feet above sea level. New Water and Dripping Springs are prime lambing areas for Bighorn sheep. There are many colorful craggy spires, sheer rock outcrops and natural arches in the wilderness. The western end of the area can be reached via Gold Nugget Road south of I Here you will begin to see hundreds of RV's camped off the road, especially in the winter.
The attraction for spending tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars on an RV, securing the homestead, driving thousands of miles and parking next to the highway for months at a time, amidst others doing the same thing, is lost on the author. But it is an obvious life style attraction for literally thousands of people. Additional fees may apply. South La Posa is the main area, and has water, dump and garbage disposal. West La Posa has garbage disposal only. Tyson Wash has garbage disposal, rest rooms and a telephone.
All of the locations have BLM personnel at their main entrances. Some of the plots are within walking distance of Quartzsite. In the winter high temperatures are typically in the 60's, but low temperatures can approach freezing. The best site to review them is http: Highway 95 intersects with Interstate 10 in the town of Quartzsite Arizona. Quartzsite was founded in at the site of old Fort Tyson. Water was found nearby and Tyson's Well was dug.
The site served as a stage stop between Ehrenberg and Prescott for a period of time. The town that sprung up nearby was named Quartzsite after the quartz found in the hills, and the name evolved through a spelling error. Hadji Ali came to Quartzsite in He was a camel driver. His name was hard to pronounce, and evolved into "Hi Jolly. Army, which was conducting an experiment using camels as desert pack animals.
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Funding for the Camel Military Corps was approved in It took a while to acquire and transport the animals to Texas and then to train local men to handle the obnoxious beasts, one of whom was Ali. Beale's caravan strode across much of the Yuma Territory, including the area along the river. One day, while trying to figure out how to get the animals across the river to California, Beale was surprised to see a steamboat on the river.
It was Captain Johnson and the General Jesup, on their way back from their upstream expedition. Beale was most surprised, the Jesup being the first such steamboat to get this far north, and most pleased for another reason. His camels could not cross the river while fully loaded.
An amused Johnson agreed to transport the men and supplies to the other side, making a swim by the unfettered camels possible. Beale's camel caravan ultimately opened up a major wagon route across the territory until funding finally ran out.
Ali, who later changed his name to Phillip Tedrow, kept several camels and used them to transport freight across the desert. His venture faltered later, and in he cut his animals loose near Gila Bend. Camel sightings were reported for many years thereafter. Various mining sites were inhabited by as many as hundreds of individuals and families, searching for minerals. Remnants of mining sites can be found in and around Quartzsite. In the 60's Quartzsite was a sleepy town occupied by a flock of snowbirds and RV'ers.
Things around Quartzsite had become a little stagnant, so resident Glen Fulton called a meeting of the townsfolk. Soon thereafter the Quartzsite Improvement Association was created to draw attention to the natural attractions.
Rocks and gems were made the center of attraction, and soon the Pow Wow Rock and Gem show debuted. The rest is history. In January and February thousands of people flock to Quartzsite to attend the annual rock and gem shows that abound.
The so-called "flea markets" or swap meets are scattered throughout the city, on vacant lots and on city sidewalks. So prevalent are the temporary shops that it is reminiscent of a south-of-the-border shopping experience. During the rock and gem shows and swap meets, Quartzsite can be extremely crowded. Lines of vehicles miles long on adjacent highways waiting to creep into town are common. Today about 3, residents make Quartzsite their permanent home. The paved road north from Quartzsite becomes State Highway Ehrenberg Arizona is about 18 miles west of Quartzsite.
The Bradshaw Ferry Landing served as the original township location, and the original name was La Paz. Thirty to fifty people would cross the river to La Paz a day.
The trip from San Bernardino California would set a passenger back forty bucks. The prospectors flocked to the hills outside La Paz, pock marking them with mine shafts and mining claims. As many as 5, people called La Paz home, which had spread to cover city blocks. Along with the prospectors came the usual collection of followers.
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Girls, gamblers and shysters all were looking to separate a guileless prospector from his gold nuggets. By most of the gold had been mined, and La Paz began to decline. The railroad had replaced the crossing, arriving in La Paz inand the paddle wheelers which used to stop nearly every day now were stopped themselves by the Laguna Dam.
The town died almost as fast as it had blossomed, and today only one water well and a few foundations are all that remain. La Paz was later renamed Ehrenberg in honor of local mining engineer Herman Ehrenberg. Today Ehrenberg is a gritty, no-nonsense community with a population of about 1, census. The River Breeze RV Resort in Ehrenberg offers 94 sites with full hookups, 43 64x40 pull-through sites, tent and triple-slide-out sites, concrete pads and shaded grassy areas.
The facilities include a boat ramp, laundry facilities, a heated pool and spa, laundry facilities, propane gas, and more. No rates were listed on their web site http: The listed phone number is Reservation information can be inquired via E-Mail to riverbreeze i10net.
They offer full hook-up sites and 50 amp service, cabins, a boat ramp and swimming area, laundry and showers, and a store. They have an activity schedule that includes live entertainment at certain times of the year.
The maximum stay is two days, and reservations are not accepted. Their web address is http: Approximately 2, acres of sand dunes are open to vehicular travel. Permits are required to enter the area, and fee amounts are available at the self-serve kiosk in the parking lot. Residential streets and cultivated fields give way to desert expanse north of Ehrenberg. Some dirt roads lead directly to water, but there are no improvements on the Arizona side. Being within the Reservation boundaries, it would behoove anyone wishing to explore this area further to check in with any Tribal authority first.
The Colorado River Indian Reservation was created inand encompassed an area from five miles north of Ehrenberg to fifty miles south of Parker. The Reservation coversacres, and residents include members of the Mohave, Chemehuevi, Navajo and Hopi tribes. Irrigation commenced, but not without hardship. Beset with canal cave-ins, alkaline water and poor drainage, there were dismal failures in the early years of agricultural development.
Inonly acres of Indian-owned land were being irrigated. Subsequent irrigation improvements, including improved drainage and construction of the Headrock Gate Dam inresulted in 5, arable acres. Other agricultural improvements over the years increased the arable acreage to over 38, Cultivated fields resume after entering the Colorado Indian Reservation leading to the town of Poston.
Camp Poston actually was comprised of three sites, known as Poston 1, 2 and 3. To get here, continue 4. You may need to show ID, vehicle registration, and insurance at the gate.
Mittry Lake Wildlife Area and Betty's Kitchen This natural area offers fishing, boating, picnicking, primitive camping, and wildlife viewing. Laguna Dam, finished in and the oldest of nine dams along the Colorado River within Arizona, holds back the waters.
From Yuma, head east 5. Take the right fork for additional places to fish, including a barrier-free fishing pier after one mile and a boat ramp just beyond. Primitive camping places also line this side of the lake; no water or fee.
A day per year stay limit applies. No jet skis or waterskiing allowed. Imperial Dam Recreation Area The Colorado River, 20 miles north on the California side, offers desert walks, fishing, boating, and camping. Cross the river to Winterhaven, California, then turn north on Imperial County Road S and follow signs through the fields.
Or, from US 95 in Arizona, turn west six miles at the sign just north of Milepost An easy two-mile nature trail winds through river vegetation and desert hills from the north end of the parking lot.
Martinez Lake Farther upstream on the Arizona side, this lake lies about 35 miles north of Yuma. Keep straight near road's end for Fisher's Landing. Other services include a store, post office, boat ramp, and marina boat gas and fishing supplies. The marina rents fishing boats, pontoon boats, canoes, and kayaks, and has boat gas, fishing and picnic supplies, a boat ramp, canoe shuttle service, and a fishing guide service.
At its peak inthe gold mining town of Picacho had 2, residents; you can explore remnants of the Picacho mill and railroad grade, though the townsite lies underwater.
Imperial National Wildlife Refuge Plants and animals of the Colorado River have received protection within this long, narrow refuge since Birds, especially migratory waterfowl in winter, hang out here. The mile-long refuge includes the river, backwater lakes, ponds, marshland, river-bottom land, and desert, with about 15, acres receiving a wilderness designation.
Visitors come mostly for fishing, boating, and birding. No camping is permitted in the refuge, but Fisher's Landing and Martinez Lake Resort offer nearby camping, a motel, restaurants, and marinas. The refuge is about 40 miles north of Yuma; head north 24 miles on US 95, turn left 10 miles on Martinez Lake Road between Mileposts 46 and 47then right four miles on a gravel road at the sign.
The visitor center P. A nearby observation tower provides a panorama. Four lookout points and a nature trail lie off Red Cloud Mine Road, which turns north one mile before the visitor center.
The first lookout point may not be signed turns off 0. Painted Desert Nature Trail makes a 1. Spring wildflowers bloom in profusion here after a wet winter. In winter, the refuge hosts 16 duck species, three goose species, sandhill cranes, and an occasional swan. Best viewing runs from mid-November to early February. You can call the refuge for a recording of current bird counts. The visitor center Rt. Canada Goose Drive begins near the visitor center and makes a three-mile loop with great opportunities to see wintering waterfowl.
A trail, which begins on the right 0. Cibola Lake, at the south end of the refuge, has an overlook at the south end. You're welcome to hike, boat, or fish on the refuge. No camping is allowed, but you can find private and BLM camping areas along the river near the refuge.
Fishermen catch largemouth bass, flathead catfish, and channel catfish in Cibola Lake open March 15 to Labor Day and river channels open year-round. Power boaters and water skiers must stay in the river's main channel. Cibola Lake is about 8 miles south of the visitor center via River and East Riverside roads; if you continue around to the south shore, there's a bird viewing area that's available even when the lake is closed.
You can easily reach the refuge headquarters on paved roads from the California side; take the I Neighbours Blvd. Exit two miles west of Blythe, Californiaproceed south 14 miles on Neighbours Boulevard through irrigated fields to Farmers Bridge over the Colorado River, then continue four miles farther to the headquarters in Arizona. Drivers with high-clearance vehicles can follow a You may encounter old mines, which are dangerous to enter.
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A very rough road cuts through a corridor along Clip Wash in the middle of the wilderness, but this is too difficult for stock SUVs; also the lower wash has such loose gravel that even 4WD vehicles can get stuck! Lopez Wash is a better access point; follow signs for Cibola Lake in Cibola Lake National Wildlife Refuge, then continue past the lake and out of the refuge. Turn left at a road fork marked by a stone cairn 0. Kofa National Wildlife Refuge Desert bighorn sheep, desert mule deer, coyote, bobcat, fox, cottontail, and other creatures live in the dry, rugged Castle Dome and Kofa mountain ranges.
Gambel's quail scurry into the brush, while falcons and golden eagles soar above. Rare stands of native palm grow in Palm Canyon. For information on the refuge, visit the office at W.
Gold discovered in led to development of the King of Arizona Mine, from which the Kofa Mountains took their name.
This and some other mining claims remain active today, and they'll be signed against entry. Castle Dome Peak, in the range just south of the Kofas, serves as a landmark visible from much of Arizona's southwest corner. Two places, accessible by cautiously driven cars from US 95, will give you a feel for the history and beauty of land—Castle Dome City Ghost Town Museum in the south and Palm Canyon farther north.
Call for information on guided tours of the district and for summer hours. The "town" has a mix of original and reconstructed buildings packed with memorabilia and mining gear—there's a lot to see.
Castle Dome Mining District contains the world's largest silver-galena deposit, and you can peer down a shaft here. Mining began in and petered out by During World War II, the mines produced ore primarily for lead to make bullets. It's said that the Japanese put the site on their target list! The owner has made some surprising discoveries in abandoned mines, such as s Levis and other old clothing perfectly preserved deep underground and now on display.
You may have noticed earlier the ruins of Stone Cabin, 52 miles north of Yuma on US 95; an exhibit tells of the remarkable woman Flora Yarber who lived there until Local ores appear in mineral displays and you can purchase specimens.