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The Roxaboxen is a hill located in Yuma, Arizona. The location is now a park and welcomes rocks from all parts of the world. The Roxaboxen was the inspiration for the book, by Alice McLerran, named “Roxaboxen”.

This true story is based on the adventures of the author’s mother and fellow Roxaboxenites as they grew up in Yuma in the early part of the last century. The kids used their imagination to create an imaginary neighborhood complete with homes and rooms. They even had a jail and a cementary. The neighborhood kids would all get together, and create this imaginary town.

Any one can donate rocks for the Roxaboxen. The guideline are as follows.

Rock Donation

Anyone can donate a rock. Donating a rock is a great way to share your beautiful painted rock with the Roxaboxen visitors. Visitors near and far can donate a rock decorated with name, date, and origin of your rock. The Parks and Recreation Department in Yuma would love to see rocks from visitors from all over the world. So if you are planning a trip to Yuma, get your rocks ready at home, from your home state.

Rock Size

The Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the donation of large rocks, but would like people to refrain from donating any which will require permanent placement. Smaller rocks add to the imaginative play, and are greatly encouraged by the park. A part of the adventure, is the excitement of discovering a hidden treasure among the native rocks in the Roxaboxen Park.

How to Decorate Rocks

Visitors are encouraged to bring a rock that was been signed, dated, and with an indication of the origin of your rock. You may leave it in it’s natural state or decorate as you wish with a flag or other symbol reflective of your state.

Where to drop off the rocks for the Roxaboxen

The rocks can be dropped off at the Roxaboxen Park located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 8th Street. Or rocks may be brought to the Yuma Art Center during normal business hours. They would love to meet any visitors with rocks for donation.

Yuma Art Center
254 South Main Street
Yuma, Arizona 85364

Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Roxaboxen Park located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 8th Street


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