This historic mine offers you a peek of yesteryear through a self-guided tour of the remaining buildings and mine site. The historic mine was founded in 1863 by Henry Heintzel Wickenburg who fled from his homeland of Prussia in his quest for gold. Vulture Mine is located 12 miles south of Highway 60 & Vulture Mine Road.
HISTORIC VULTURE MINE – UPDATE
Thank you for your interest in the Vulture Mine. Summer tour hours closed until October 25th, dirt path, guided walking tours at historic Vulture Mine. , cash only is required. We ask that groups attend our regularly scheduled tours. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, to let us know if you have a group larger than 20 and if you have any special needs.
At one time called "Red Canyon", The Box Canyon is located on the Hassayampa River north of Wickenburg. This is a very scenic area of a walk, hike or picnic. The river flows through the canyon year round creating an area rich in plant and animal species. From the stoplights, proceed northwest on Highway 89/93 for about five miles. On your right, to the east, you will notice several homes on Moonlight Mesa.. Turn right on dirt road with sign, "Scenic Loop Drive". Check your odometer at this point. Proceed through the residential area, after 1/2 miles the road drops down and crosses Martinez Wash. It is a good, sometimes rough, dirt road, that can become hazardous after heavy rain. About 1.4 miles from the highway you will cross a cattle guard and the road turns to the left. At about 3.5 miles you will pass another road coming in at the right. A short drive to the top of the hill on this other road (about 1.4 miles) will reveal a wonderful view of the Hassayampa River Valley, Wickenburg and Vulture Peak. Return down to the main road and continue straight for about 3 more miles (6.5 from the highway) where you will pass a small gold mining operation on your right. This condition of this road varies so proceed as far as comfortable and park. Walk down the remaining road to Box Canyon. There are several areas to picnic both up and down the stream. Return to Wickenburg the same route.
The following series of photographs detail the trip into the Box Canyon through the River bed from Wickenburg.
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