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Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Yuma

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Walk into cells through iron-grate doors, see photographs and exhibits of notable prisoners, and take in views of the nearby river from the guard tower of Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. Now a museum, the territory's first prison was built in 1876 by individuals who became its first inmates. Watch a video presentation to learn about the types of prisoners held here, such as a Mexican revolutionary, a female bandit, and a polygamist. You can walk around the park outside and picnic designated areas. Plan to visit Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Yuma attractions using our Yuma itinerary builder.
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  • Make sure to take a tour with GARY! Gary was the best tour guide we have ever had. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining in giving us the history of the jail. He is the best person to ask questio...  more »
  • This is a great little state park. It teaches some of the history of our great state. You get an up close view of what prison life was like. It is unusual to get to actually touch history!! Great plac...  more »
  • An interesting look into the world of prisons and how they were reformed by women such as Madora Ingalls. The actual cells are disturbing in that they were crowded, dark, dank and "self" constructed b...  more »
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  • Eh not what I thought it'd be.. I was expecting a big prison that was completely abandoned and that you could just explore, but instead it's rather small, you have to pass through a gift shop for entry, they have a small museum type building with a little theatre room that shows a movie about the history, and then past that are the empty cells. Only a few of them are open and all the way in the back was the dark cell room which was the creepiest/coolest little part of it cause in the informational movie it tells you all the history if what went on in there. I couldn't stay long cause I got sick from the heat since the cells were outdoors. Overall it was a cool place to see, it's not some big deserted prison like I imagined it'd be but it can make for an interesting little day trip. The employees are passionate about the place and I didn't catch any type of tour but I imagine that would make it more interesting.
  • For six bucks!? Yeah it's worth it enough for the six bucks! It's small but still interesting enough for a visit if passing through and got some time to kill. You can even walk into some of these cells and take pics.
  • Very friendly staff, the guide was amazing- he was reenacting several things and was aware of the heat and tried to keep us in the shade. Very informative, there is much to look at and explore. If you love history, you'll enjoy visiting this place.
  • Very friendly staff and tour guides. The history of the place alone is amazing. The criminals actually help build and maintain the prison. The museum is wonderful, check out the cells and the dark room (solitary confinement cell) some of the lady prisoners they had there were nuts! One of the male prisoners, a vicious murderer, made pretty lace in his free time. Lol
  • Fun history. Don't go in the summer - it's hot. Awesome river views.