Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, Yuma

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The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge protects wildlife habitat along 30mi of the lower Colorado River in Arizona and California, including the last un-channeled section before the river enters Mexico. The Imperial Refuge Wilderness, a federally designated, 15056acre, wilderness area is protected within the refuge. It also surrounds the Picacho State Recreation Area. This section of the Colorado River is popular for boating, hiking, fishing, camping, exploring old mining camps and wildlife watching.The river and its associated backwater lakes and wetlands are a green oasis, contrasting with the surrounding desert mountains. It is a refuge and breeding area for migratory birds and local desert wildlife.WildlifeEven though it is located in the Sonoran Desert, the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is home to a mostly wetland environment. Wetland wildlife is most abundant in winter, when birds such as cinnamon teal and northern pintail use the refuge. During the summer months, permanent residents such as great egrets are abundant. The Colorado River plays a vital role in the lives of desert fauna. It is the only water source for many miles. Small animals such as the black-tailed jackrabbit and western whiptail lizard are plentiful. Desert bighorn sheep and mule deer also call the refuge home.
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  • What a find! Great place to visit. The people at the visitor center were helpful and friendly. The visitor center is on a dirt road which was well graded and easy to drive. We hiked Painted Desert Tra...  more »
  • Our group have been going here for day hikes for the last couple years. We hike twice a month at INWR. Usually our guide is Dave and he has another volunteer with him. Dave is very informative about t...  more »
  • Beautiful landscapes here. Not much to really do in Yuma. This is a nice way to see nature in the area.  more »
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  • Cool spot to watch wild life for a day with Meers Trail being great. Had a really cool observation tower with telescopes for wildlife watching. What a peaceful day. I happened to go on a Monday and the visitor center was closed - not sure if that was a 1 day thing or not.
  • Visiting the rugged mountains was a wonderful experience. The Painted Desert Trail was a great treasure to find. We saw the donkey trails but we did not see any donkeys. Overall we had a great time.
  • Very nice. Allot of good information in visitor center. There a large walk up deck we're you can view the area.
  • Great place to take visitors to experience the desert flora and fauna! Afterwards drop over to Fishers landing at lake Martinez for a burger!
  • I fish the Colorado river which is adjacent to the refuge. I also do self guided tours through area. Some areas are off limit to public traffic. Those are posted.
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