A lot of people told us to go to Yuma in the winter. So we decided to check out Yuma, once was enough. We heard the 3:10 to Yuma from the train tracks nearby, only it was 3:10AM! Yuma is located in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona’s southwest corner near the borders of California to the west and Mexico to the south, and just west of the Colorado River. Yuma, Arizona is one of the driest, sunniest, and least humid destinations we have visited to date.
We stayed two weeks at the Westwind RV and Golf Resort. It is a top snowbird destination especially for Canadians. Most Canadians stay in the ‘park models’, which were small cabin style homes or built up lean-to over their existing RV. The Canadians are allowed to stay in the US for 6 months. They arrive in November and leave in April. Multiple park models had For Sale signs since the Canadian dollar is not that great of an exchange rate. While we were there, many Canadians were packing up for the trip back to Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. We had fun golfing at the 9 hole par 3 golf course, winning money at Bingo, Patty winning a Bocce Ball Tourney, exercising at the gym, and attending Resort Potlucks.
KOFA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE:
Northeast of Yuma the Kofa Mountains rise abruptly from the plains of the Sonoran Desert, reaching a height of 4,877 feet atop Signal Peak. We threw the Jeep into 4-wheel drive to navigate the rocky, steep roads. We hiked the Palm Canyon Trail to the viewpoint where California fan palms, the only native palm species in Arizona were observed.
LOS ALGODONES, MEXICO:
Los Algodones is the northern most town in Mexico, located in Baja California, at the California – Arizona border. It is seven miles west of the city of Yuma, AZ. Los Algodones shopping area is only four blocks square. It offers a wide variety of curio shops, pharmacies, dentists, optometrists and a few open-air cafes. We enjoyed dining al fresco and listening to live music at El Paraiso, The Garden Place. The patio was not easy to find as it’s in the center of one of the shopping blocks. The margaritas were easy to drink though.
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