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Join us for fun and interesting tours and activities during the 2022 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference!


In addition to the numerous sessions at this year's Arizona Historic Preservation Conference in Yuma, October 19-21, several interesting tours and activities have been planned as well. Below is a recap. Sign up here.


Keystone Award & Welcome Reception

  • Included with conference admission. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres two drinks. Cash bar available. 

  • Keystone Award Presentation: 5:30pm, Wednesday, October 19 at Yuma City Hall, Council Chambers, 1 City Plaza 

  • Keystone Welcome Reception: 6pm – 8pm: Colorado River State Historic Park, 220 S. 4th Avenue

  • Attend the presentation of the Keystone Award at the beginning of the Yuma City Council Meeting


East Wetlands Bird & Nature Walk

  • $10 per person – tour capacity is 15 people

  • Departs from Pivot Point Plaza (Train exhibit next to the Hilton Garden Inn), 310 N. Madison Ave. 6:45am - 7:45am Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 20-22

  • The Yuma East Wetlands attracts Birders from around the world. Led by Yuma Audubon Society Chapter President Nancy Meister, be on the lookout for hundreds of species including Great Blue Herons, Great Egret’s, Gila woodpeckers, and birds of prey such as Osprey, Great-horned owls, and Cooper’s and Red-tailed hawks. If you’re real lucky you might catch a glimpse of the elusive threatened and endangered Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Ridgeway’s rail.


Colorado River Kayak Rides

  • Spend a peaceful end to your day by exploring the banks of the Colorado River from a kayak. Numerous water birds such as Snowy Egrets, Ibis, Cormorants, and ducks, and many songbirds make the cattails and reeds at the water’s edge their homes. Perhaps get a sneak peek of busy beavers and fat muskrats.

  • If interested, contact 3:10 Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals by phone 928-482-2276 or website:


Yuma Territorial Live Steamers

  • Free with conference badge (donations appreciated) – tour capacity is 240 people

  • Departs from Riverside Park, located off Giss Parkway on Prison Hill Road (just below the Yuma Territorial Prison) 4:30pm – 6:00pm Thursday, October 20

  • All aboard! Take a ride on Yuma’s 7 1⁄2” gauge train. Operated by the Yuma Territorial Live Steamers, a local non- profit, this small but mighty train travels along its tracks located below the Yuma Territorial Prison at Riverside Park. Your trip will take you over (and under) a replica of Yuma’s iconic Ocean to Ocean Bridge, past a recreation of the historic Stone Cabin site and many other favorite Arizona landmarks.


Night at the Museum Open House at Sanguinetti Museum & Gardens

  • Free admittance with conference badge. Cash bar.

  • Sanguinetti House Museum, 240 S. Madison Ave. 5pm – 7pm, Thursday, October 20

  • Stop by the Sanguinetti House and Gardens for a Night at the Museum. Enjoy wine and light hors d’oeuvres as you stroll through the rose garden and home of E. F. Sanguinetti, one of Yuma’s early entrepreneurs.


Yuma Legends Haunted Pub Crawl in Downtown Yuma

  • $25 per person – capacity is 80 people and includes 2 cocktails 

  • Departs from the Sanguinetti House Museum, 240 S. Madison Ave. 7pm – 9pm Thursday, October 20 & Saturday, October 22

  • An evening of Yuma’s Haunted History awaits you on this 2-hour stroll through Yuma’s haunted downtown – with a couple of “hydration” stops along the way! Four (4) tours of 20 people each will be departing from the Sanguinetti House Museum at 7pm.


“3:10 To Yuma” Movie Night

  • Free with conference badge – concessions available for purchase

  • Historic Yuma Theater, 254 S. Main St.

  • 8pm, Thursday, October 20

  • Sit back and enjoy the classic 1957 film starring Glenn Ford, shown in the beautifully restored Historic Yuma Theatre on Main Street.


Guided tours at Colorado River State Historic Park

  • Free with Conference Badge – capacity is 25 people per tour Colorado River State Historic Park, 201 S. 4th Ave.

  • Tour times are 10am & 2pm, Saturday, October 22

  • For nearly 20 years beginning in 1864, all the military posts in the Southwest traced their lifelines to the Yuma Quartermaster Depot, the present day Colorado River State Historic Park. The Depot’s warehouses held a six-month supply of clothing, food, ammunition, and other goods for forts across the Great Southwest. Learn how the Bureau of Reclamation tamed the mighty Colorado River and with the invention of the Yuma Siphon - Yuma became the winter vegetable capital of the world. If you cannot make the scheduled tours, show your conference badge for free admission to the park Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22 for a self-guided tour.


Guided tours at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

  • Free with Conference Badge – capacity is 25 people per tour

  • Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, 220 N. Prison Hill Rd.

  • Tour times are 11am & 1pm, Saturday & Sunday, October 22-23

  • Voted as USA Today’s “Best Haunted Destination in the U.S.,” the Yuma Territorial Prison is a must-see for both ghost hunters and history buffs. Two-foot-thick adobe walls, studded with chunks of granite kept in (most of) the prisoners. Step behind the iron gates into the small cramped spaces that house the condemned and then enter the dreaded Dark Cell if you dare! If you cannot make the scheduled tours, show your conference badge for free admission to the park Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23 for a self-guided tour.

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