Community Profile | Town of Wellton

Western Arizona Economic Development District

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.

Principal Economic Activities

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.

Scenic Attractions

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.

Community Facilities

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.

Local Resources

Town of Wellton

Larry Killman,
Town Manager
3700 W. Main St
28634 Oakland Ave.
Wellton, AZ 85356
Phone: 928-785-3348
Email: Larry Killman
Website: Town of Wellton

Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation

Julie Engel,
President & CEO
899 E. Plaza Circle, Ste. 2
Yuma, AZ 85366
Phone: 928-782-7774
Email: Julie Engel
Website: Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation

Yuma County Chamber of Commerce

Kimberly Kahl,
Executive Director
180 W. 1st St., Suite A
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-782-2567
Email: Yuma County Chamber of Commerce
Website: Local First Arizona

Local First Arizona

Kimber Lanning,
Chief Executive Officer
407 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-956-0909
Email: Local First Arizona
Website: Local First Arizona

Arizona Commerce Authority

100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: Arizona Commerce Authority Information
Website: Arizona Commerce Authority Home Page

Last Updated by University of Arizona - Yuma (CAST): 04/21/2021

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