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Wickenburg, Arizona

Wickenburg, Arizona

Bridging the banks of the legendary Hassayampa River, Wickenburg lies at the foothills of the Vulture Mountains like an oasis in the Sonoran Desert. Though only an hour away from the hustle and bustle of modern Phoenix, Arizona's western community evokes you back to a different place in time. Founded in the late 1800s in conjunction with Henry Wickenburg's Vulture Mine, the town has evolved through the years to become a modern community rich in the traditions of the old west.

Henry Wickenburg came from Prussia, lured by the dream of wealth and abundant gold. His quest was rewarded by the discovery of the Vulture Mine, where over $200 million in gold and silver has been dug from the ground. Throughout the foothills surrounding Wickenburg are relics of other mines that stand as monuments to the pioneer miner and prospector. The mining lore of the region adds much to the charm of the area in the present as it did in the past.

Along Frontier Street, the town's main historic district, early businesses built lasting structures that still grace Wickenburg's downtown area. Guest ranches offered a unique western experience to tourists who fell in love with the West. The Bar FX Ranch became the first true guest ranch in 1923, followed by the Remudas, Kay El Bar, Rancho de los Caballeros, and Flying E ranches. With the construction of Highway 60 from Phoenix to California even more tourists arrived, making Wickenburg the Dude Ranch Capital of the World. Today, some of these ranches still offer their unique brand of Western hospitality.

Wickenburg today is a modern town with over 600 businesses providing a full range of services, shopping conveniences, specialty shops and galleries for gifts of western distinction.

The western atmosphere still thrives in Wickenburg. The town has cherished the best traditions of its colorful early days through annual events such as Gold Rush Days, the famous DC Ride, and organizations such as the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce and the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. Come discover Wickenburg's historic downtown and the natural beauty and the legend of the Hassayampa River.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

ATSF Engine No. 761

Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Engine No. 761, an 1890 vintage, is one of the steam locomotive workhorses of the main line between Chicago and the west. Included in the display located adjacent to the historic depot and Visitors Center, is the Tender and the 1900

Wickenburg, AZ Railroad History

Hassayampa Building

The Venetta Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1905 specifically to serve overnight railroad passengers and early day tourists to the Wickenburg area and Castle Hot Springs. Mrs. Elizabeth Smith contracted one of Arizona'

Wickenburg, AZ Historic Hotels

Jail Tree

This 200 year-old mesquite tree once served as Wickenburg's Jail. From 1863 to 1890

Wickenburg, AZ Pioneer History

Santa Fe Depot

The Santa Fe Depot at Wickenburg, Arizona, was the last of the original wooden depots on the Santa Fe Railroad Line by the 1920s, when Santa Fe decided the "old wooden depot"

Wickenburg, AZ Railroad History

Vulture Peak

Vulture Peak Trail is a short but steep trail that takes hikers from the base of Vulture Peak (2,480 feet) to a saddle (3,420 feet) just below the summit in only two miles. From this point, experienced hikers can "scramble" up an extremely steep and narrow "chute"

Wickenburg, AZ Hiking Trails

Things to do near Wickenburg, AZ

Fort McDowell Casino

Located on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, the casino (open 24 hours every day) brings fun and excitement to visitors b...