For RVers, traveling pets are more than just companions, they become part of the family. When that sad day arrives when they’re no longer with us, what’s to do with their last remains? Out in the hills west of Yuma, just inside California, a unique pet cemetery has built up over the years.
Located on Quechan tribal land, the cemetery lies in a secluded hollow in a little traveled area. Many RVers spend winters “in the neighborhood,” some of them volunteering to care for the graveyard, as the entire place is non-commercial.
Walking through the cemetery is moving; the tributes that loving families have put up for their pets shows just how much these ones are close to our hearts.
To visit the pet cemetery, take Interstate 8 west from Yuma to California Highway 186 (Algadones Road). Go south on 186 until you cross the All American Canal. Take an immediate right and go west along the gravel road that borders the south side of the canal. The road will bend and head south. Follow it, and before the road begins to rise you’ll see the cemetery on the right.