Community Profile | Town of Wellton
Wellton is surrounded by picturesque mountains in the heart of the Wellton-Mohawk Valley. The town abuts Interstate 8 and runs 29 miles east of Yuma. The name Wellton (originally Well Town) came from the wells drilled to provide water to the Southern Pacific Railroad. As 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 significant attraction for winter visitors and retirees.
Traditionally, agriculture and ranching have formed the area's economic basis. Also, a large population segment is involved in agricultural support industries, trades, and services. A rapidly growing winter and retirement population significantly impact the economy. Wellton has a growing commercial services sector. The town continually seeks ways to enhance the local economy. Wellton has various incentives to attract new retail and light industrial development.
The community offers various recreational activities and opportunities 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 Territorial Prison, Fort Yuma Indian Museum, Custom House, the Fine Art Center (Depot), and Century House Museum.
The town is 55 miles from San Luis Rio Colorado and Sonora, Mexico, which offers curios, nightclubs, and other attractions. South of San Luis is the small fishing village of El Golfo de Santa Clara, Mexico. El Golfo provides miles of sandy beaches for camping, swimming, and clam digging.
The Town of Wellton offers a broad range of community facilities, including a museum, a community center, a library, two golf courses, three parks, and a swimming pool. A recreational complex offers lighted pickleball courts, basketball courts, and other facilities for athletic and recreational activities.
Town of WelltonLarry Killman,
Greater Yuma Economic Development CorporationJulie Engel,
Yuma County Chamber of CommerceKimberly Kahl,
Local First ArizonaKimber Lanning,
Arizona Commerce Authority100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Last Updated by University of Arizona - Yuma (CAST): 04/21/2021