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Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Yuma

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Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Cibola National Wildlife Refuge is a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge in the floodplain of the lower Colorado River between Arizona and California and surrounded by a fringe of desert ridges and washes. The refuge encompasses both the historic Colorado River channel as well as a channelized portion constructed in the late 1960s. Along with these main waterbodies, several important backwaters are home to many wildlife species that reside in this Yuma Desert portion of the Sonoran Desert. Because of the river's life-sustaining water, wildlife here survive in an environment that reaches 120 °F (49 °C) in the summer and receives an average of only 2 inches (5.1 cm) of rain per year.

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  • First of all, if you want to see Cibola at its best, go in the winter months. We went in December and saw tons of various birds. Our favorites were the burrowing owls. We got lucky and caught one of.....  more »
  • Clean, good roads, wildlife in summer with patience. Other lovely desert sites nearby. Owl were not out, but their sites are well marked.  more »
  • Great little hidden gem caught lots of small mouth and a couple large
  • It was nice especially where the cacti has started blooming. With all the rain this year (which is not normal here) everything is starting to bloom much earlier instead of the normal blooming time which is May and June I have been told. I was a bit surprised that Cibola Lake wasn't any larger than it is though.

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