Yuma Proving Ground Heritage Center, Yuma

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Located in Southwest Arizona adjacent to the Colorado River, Yuma Proving Ground extends over 1300 square miles of varied desert terrain -- wide sandy valleys, craggy peaks, open desert. The varied geography permits numerous test and training activities to take place at the same time, with an average of 60 to 90 tests taking place each week.



The proving ground also controls 2000 miles of restricted airspace over largely unpopulated desert terrain. This permits highly realiistic testing for developers of unmanned aircraft and helicopter sensor and weapon systems.

Yuma Proving Ground manages three separate test centers. The first, Yuma Test Center, operates at Yuma Proving Ground. The second, Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska, tests weapon systems amid the coldest climate in the United States. The third, Tropic Regions Test Center, tests military systems in some of the harshest jungles of the world in Panama, Honduras, Suriname, Hawaii, and other locations.

Each of these three test centers represents a climate extreme. Rigorous, realistic testing ensures that American military equipment and munitions operate and function as advertised, anywhere around the globe.
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  • May 21, 2017
    Served there from 1969-1971 as a MP. Spent half day there touring with Bill Heidner and Mark Schauer. The respect and dignity with which we were treated was amazing, and the tour provided insight and ...  more »
  • May 16, 2017
    Many retired military vehicles and weapons. The plaques that explained the history of each was enjoyed by the adults in our group.  more »
  • May 11, 2017
    YPG has served our military as a place to train personnel, evaluate and test weapons and material resources. The tribute to WWII and 9-11 are moving. The quotations offered from officers and soldiers ...  more »
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  • May 5, 2017
    Pros: Very quiet gated community with very high security and armed guards. No crime and great weather in the winter. It can get a little warm in the summer. Cons: Sort of an oasis in the desert. About 30 minutes to Yuma.
  • March 16, 2015
    used to live here for 6 years, such a great little community
  • December 17, 2013
    The number has been changed now. All is good!!
  • August 10, 2015
    Government cover up
  • September 21, 2011
    Move Along. Nothing to see here.

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