Town of Wellton
28634 Oakland Ave.
PO Box 67
Wellton, AZ 85356
Phone: (928) 785-3348
The Town of Wellton is a full-service community even though we are a small town. We have a water utility, sanitation service, fire protection, police protection, municipal court, medical facility, library, community center, two parks, community swimming pool, and golf course.
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.
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 23 miles by way of the Interstate 8.
Wellton, founded in 1878 and incorporated in 1970, lies 29 miles east of Yuma. Wellton (originally Well Town) was named for the time water wells were drilled to service the Southern Pacific Railroad. Most areas were settled in the 1860’s as the need arose for stations to serve the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoaches. With the railroads eventually supplanting the stagecoach lines in the 1870’s, several communities were established (Tacna and Wellton) to provide water facilities for the old steam-powered engines. As the stagecoach gave way to the railroad, so the railroad gave way to the automobile. Though rail service is still maintained through Wellton-Mohawk Valley, the current economic livelihood is based on agriculture.
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. We also host the Butterfield golf course. It is a beautiful 18-hole, Par 3 course with a variety of passes, a driving range, and rentals. We also have 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.
Every year we host many events. The YRMC Wellton-Mohawk Tractor Rodeo is always a delight as well as the Pioneer Day Parade & Fiesta. The Parade & Fiesta has a BBQ, games, arts & crafts, a golf tournament, entertainment and a carnival.
Being so close to the Yuma and the Mexican border, Wellton is just a short drive to shopping, movie theaters, and excellent dining.
Our education system consists of an elementary and high school, Antelope Union High School, in the surrounding area. In addition to Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University is located nearby, Arizona Western College now has a satelite campus at the Wellton Learning Center. Wellton’s branch of the Yuma County Library is now housed in a new structure located at 28790 San Jose Avenue. It is an excellent library complete with free Internet access.
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.