Wellton, 29 miles east of Yuma adjacent to Interstate 8, is in the heart of the Wellton-Mohawk Valley which is surrounded by picturesque mountains. The name Wellton (originally Well Town) came from the wells drilled to provide water to service the Southern Pacific Railroad.
A diverse community, Wellton serves as a business, service and recreation center for more than 5,000 people in the Wellton-Mohawk Valley and surrounding area. Wellton's mild, clear winters allow for a year-round growing season and provide a major attraction for winter visitors and retirees. Traditionally, agriculture and ranching have formed the area's economic basis. In addition, a large segment of the population is involved in agricultural support industries, trades and service. A rapidly growing winter and retirement population significantly impacts the economy. Wellton also has a growing commercial services sector. Wellton continually seeks ways to enhance the local economy and has available various incentives to attract new commercial and light industrial development.
Being so close to the Yuma and the Mexican border, Wellton is just a short drive to shopping, the Yuma Scorpion Baseball Team with the Golden Baseball League, movie theaters, and excellent dining. Wellton is located three hours from Phoenix to the east and San Diego to the west and a mere 55-Miles from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, and seven hours from Las Vegas. The Yuma International Airport is a mere 23 miles by way of the Interstate
The Town is zoned for residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural. The majority of the Town is zoned for 6,750 square foot lots with one house permitted per lot. The Town collects no property taxes from residents. The Town's main sources of revenue are a share of the State of Arizona sales tax, income and gasoline tax (County in-lieu tax) and a 2.5% Town sales tax, permit fees, franchise fees from utilities.
|Wellton at a Glance|
Incorporated: Yes - 1970
County: Yuma County
Elevation: 256 Feet
Distance To Phoenix: 155 Miles
Distance To Tucson: 208 Miles
Wellton's education system consists of an elementary and high school, Antelope Union High School, in the surrounding area. Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University are located nearby. In addition, Wellton has an excellent library complete with free Internet access.
Attractions in and around the Wellton area include the Pioneer Museum, Tina's Atlas, Desert Hot Springs, Baker's Tanks, and El Camino del Diablo. Wellton is also host to the Butterfield golf course. It is a beautiful 18-hole, Par 3 course with a variety of passes, a driving range, and rentals. There is also the Butterfield Park for family picnics and fun.
For the outdoors person, Wellton hosts hundreds of dove hunters during hunting season and the rock hounds love our desert surroundings.
The community offers a variety of recreational activities and opportunities, and there are many points of interest in the area including the Pioneer Museum, Tinas Altas, Desert Hot Springs, Baker’s Tanks and El Camino Del Diablo. Wellton is 35 miles from Yuma State Territorial Prison, Fort Yuma Indian Museum, Custom House, the Fine Art Center (Depot), and Century House Museum. Wellton is located three hours from Phoenix to the east and San Diego to the west and a mere 55-Miles from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, and seven hours from Las Vegas. The Yuma International Airport is a mere 23 miles by way of the Interstate. South of San Luis (about 75 miles) is the small fishing village of El Golfo de Santa Clara, Mexico. El Golfo offers miles of sandy beaches for camping, swimming and clam digging.
Wellton hosts several annual events like the Tractor Rodeo, Pioneer Days, an old fashioned 4th of July, Fishing Derby, and Tri-Valley Celebrations. With the growth of Wellton comes the growth of town facilities. Wellton has built a new Family Services Center that also hosts the medical clinic. The Butterfield Golf Course provides a leisurely game with the Gila Mountains and brilliant orange sunsets as a backdrop. The community pool with its large slide adds a respite for the hot, dry days during the summer. RV parks are abundant. You can plan your next winter visit here and find your RV rest stop.