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On July 1, 1876, the first seven inmates entered the Territorial Prison at Yuma and were locked into the new cells they had built themselves. Thus began the legend of the Yuma Territorial Prison. A total of 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls during the prison's 33 years of operation.
You don't have to wait until 3:10; the park is open from 9-5 daily (see hours here) so stop in and take a walk through a big piece of Old West history.
Venture into the Dark Cell, if you dare! See Things to Do
Take your mug shot in the museum and load up on Prison gear at our gift shop.
This oasis in the desert has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Now discover for yourself why the Yuma Crossing remains a national treasure.
We have recently issued a draft master plan for the two state parks and are seeking input from all stakeholders
The Progressive Operating Philosophy of the Yuma Territorial Prison
"It is and has ever been my object to elevate rather than depress the men who have been thrown under my supervision, to inspire them with renewed hope and revive the tottering principles of true manhood. To this end, I have granted every liberty consistent with good prison government: privileges."
Thomas Gates, Superintendent