Saturday, February 2, 2019

West Wetlands Park, Yuma

When you are in Yuma, you must visit the West Wetlands Park for a picnic, or a walk or to watch your children play.  The park is 110 acres and is located along the side the Colorado River.

Centennial Beach is at the East end of the park.  You can picnic and swim or launch your boat (or paddle board) here.  It's also a great spot for a dog to go for a little swim.

If you have kids to entertain, this park offers two playgrounds.  One is a regular park playground with a sun cover.

The other is the community built, Stewart Vincent Wolf Creative Playground.  Sadly, the original SVWCP was burned in 2014, but the community built another, better park, which is the one we see today.

You won't have rocks and boulders to climb at this park.  The trails are wide and well kept.  You can walk on a desert trail or a trail through the trees or both.  

There is a section of the park is dedicated to the history of Mormon Battalion of volunteers from the Church of the Latter Day Saints.  They were instrumental in the annexation of southern Arizona and southwest New Mexico on June 8, 1864.

There are gardens of birds, butterflies and flowers in this park.  When you walk on the tree lined trails, you will enjoy sightings of birds and hummingbirds, butterflies, and a variety of flora. Of course, in case you didn't already know, here's an important sign to read as well.

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