Hundreds, if not thousands of people leave Yuma and head the beach or bigger cities for Spring Break Vacation. One of the greatest and biggest misconceptions is there is nothing to do here, so naturally people plan to find stuff to do in other places.
For those that don’t want to go out of town I have composed a list of cool things to do over spring break, in Yuma with little or no money. Wild life and outdoor activities is plentiful in this area. Here is a short list of places you can see wild life.
#5 Wild World Zoo and Camel Farm.
The Wild World Zoo and Camel Farm has lots of beautiful wild animals to see, pet and even ride. The Zoo has added pony rides to their services. There are several species of animals found at the zoo. From Goats, sheep, coati, kinkajous, and several other animals.
The Zoo has feeding cups available for $2.00 a cup. Going to the Zoo will not only get your kids out and interact with the wildlife, but it will most certainly create a memory that will last a life time. This is number 5 on my list because although you can see wild animals, it is not a natural environment.
The best part of seeing Wild Animals in their own outdoor environment is that you get to see them organically, and the short time span adds great value and deeper appreciation.
#4 North Algodones Dunes Wilderness
The North Algodones Dunes Wilderness in located within the Imperial Sand Dune Recreation Area. In this particular area you can find awesome desert reptiles such as the Desert Tortoise, Flat Tail Horned Lizard, and Colorado Fringe Toed Lizard among other wild life.
There is no motorized vehicles allowed in the Wilderness area. Please do not allow children to remove wild life, plants, rocks or any other objects to be removed from this or any wilderness areas. This is number 4 on my list because it is not located within Yuma County. The Imperial Sand Dunes are
part of Southern California. The North Algodones Dunes is a bit harder to get to.
#3 Imperial Wildlife Refuge.
The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to spot and watch migratory birds. Boating, fishing and hunting is allowed in the Imperial Refuge. Day trips are really encouraged. There is no camping allowed on the refuge. Imperial WIld Life Refuge makes the number 3 spot because of the
various actives that take place. They even have a visitors center where you can get more information. Imperial Wildlife has some of its refuge on the California and Arizona side which can be a little confusing. There is no camping allowed on the Imperial Wild life refuge reason why it is number 3.
#2 Cibola Wildlife Refuge
Over 288 species of birds have been found on Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, including many species of migratory songbirds, Gambel’s quail, roadrunners, mourning and white-winged doves, phainopepla, greater sandhill cranes, Canada and snow geese, Vermilion flycatchers, grosbeaks and many
more. The bald eagle, southwestern willow flycatcher and Yuma clapper rail are among the endangered birds that use Cibola National Wildlife. Cibola Wild Life Refuge is number 2 on my list because it has an amazing list of wild animals to see. Can you believe you can see a BALD EAGLE?!
Unfortunately no camping is allowed on this refuge.
#1 Kofa Wildlife Refuge
The reason why I choose Kofa Wildlife Refuge as #1 is because you are able to camp at Kofa Wildlife Refuge vs Cibola and Imperial. You can get the full Arizona desert experience at the Kofa Refuge it is also located within Yuma County. You can have an RV and camp there and camp in tents!
Exposing your kids to nature and wildlife will not only allow them to discover, and explore the desert. Exposing your kids to the great outdoors at an early age will allow your child to create a wonderful and lasting relationship with nature and wildlife! Don’t forget to Leave nothing but footprints and
take nothing but photographs!