Exploring Yuma

Nora Burba Trulsson

For more information, contact the Yuma Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/293-0071).

Yuma Crossing State Historic Park. Exhibits explore the historic relationship between the city and the river. 9-5 daily; $3. 201 N. 4th Ave.; www.pr.state.az.us or 928/329-0471.

Yuma Department of Parks and Recreation canoe and kayak trips. Guided paddles on the Colorado River near downtown Yuma run several times a month. Evening tours in summer. Call for schedule; canoe $12 per person per trip, kayak $15 per person per trip, includes shuttle; reservations required. 928/373-5200.

Yuma River Tours. Narrated jet-boat, paddle-wheel, and canoe trips cover 30 miles of river. Or rent canoes and be shuttled upriver for a longer paddle or two- to three-day camping trips. Call for schedule; tours from $35; reservations required. Office at 1920 S. Arizona Ave.; boats leave from Fisher's Landing at Martinez Lake, 35 miles north of Yuma via U.S. 95 and Martinez Lake Rd.; www.yumarivertours.com or 928/783-4400.

Chretin's Mexican Foods. A cavernous local hangout since 1946. Try the chimichangas and chiles rellenos. $; lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. 485 S. 15th Ave.; 928/782-1291.

Paddle your own canoe (or kayak) in Yuma