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ARIZONA HORSE COMPANY

Arizona Horse Company offers guided horseback rides with friendly, enthusiastic professionals through the scenic desert. Experience the beauty of the desert from horseback, and learn the history of the area from knowledgeable guides. Rides are available from 1 hour to half a day.

New and experienced riders are welcomed. Kids ages 6 and up can ride on their own horse. Visit the Arizona Horse Company website for more information.

P: 435-333-7433 | Website: ridewickenburg.com

BC JEEP TOURS

BC Jeep Tours offers jeep tours throughout the surrounding desert in their comfortable, open Willys Jeeps. Tour drivers are born and raised in Wickenburg and enjoy showing visitors the beauty of our desert, along with some local history.

Several routes are available, ranging from 1.5 hours to all day. Trips can be customized to your interests! Reservations are required.

P: Office: 928-684-7901; cell: 928-231-1010 | Website: bcjeeptours.com

HAPPY TRAILS OF ARIZONA ATV RENTALS

Grab yer Adventure in the Arizona Outback on the very best machines from Polaris. Wanna hit the open highway? We’ve got a ride for ya: State of the Art Polaris Slingshot GTs. Each machine is equipped with RideCommand® with many local trails mapped out for your riding pleasure! We also have a 12 person Yamaha AR210 Jet boat just in case it gets a bit dry fer ya. Happy Trails!

Website: happytrailsaz.com | P: (602) 577-5167

HASSAYAMPA RIVER PRESERVE

An Apache word, Hassayampa roughly translates as “river that runs upside down,” a name attributed to the fact that its waters run mostly underground. Wickenburg is home to the Hassayampa River Preserve, owned and managed by Maricopa County, which stretches for five miles along the Hassayampa River.

The Preserve offers several recreational trails that lead along through the lush riparian habitat filled with stately cottonwood trees, dense mesquite forests, and countless species of wildlife.

The upper Hassayampa River is known as the northern riparian area or Box Canyon. Both locations are excellent for bird watching – experts have recorded over 280 species. A wide variety of species can be observed all year long, so bring your binoculars and enjoy birding out Wickenburg way!

Read more about the River Preserve here.

Location: 49614 U.S. Hwy. 60/89, Wickenburg, AZ | P: 928-684-2772

HORSEBACK RIDING

Saddle up and submerge yourself in the true Wild West on a guided horseback ride. Explore the scenic desert and learn local lore from friendly, enthusiastic trail guides. Beginners and experienced riders are welcomed.

MASSACRE MONUMENT

Dedicated to lives lost in an 1871 attack, originally thought by Yavapai Indians (much later the truth came out that the attack was caused by bandits). The Massacre Monument bears witness to the battle which spurred General Crook to launch the counterattack which ended Indian hostility in the area. Located on Highway 60 at the entrance to Flying E Ranch.

VULTURE CITY GHOST TOWN

Find out how Wickenburg got its start by visiting Vulture City, a historic ghost town located just 14 miles outside of Wickenburg. In the 1860s, California prospector Henry Wickenburg discovered a gold-rich quartz outcropping that established the Vulture Mine. The success of the mine led to the growth of Vulture City. At its height, the small community was home to a few thousand residents.

In the early 1940s, the mine was shut down by a regulatory agency. Although the mine appealed the shut-down order and reopened, it never achieved the same enthusiasm.

The previously abandoned mining town has been carefully restored over the last several years and is open for the public’s viewing pleasure. Over a dozen of the original buildings still stand, with more in the process of being restored. Tour the original assay office, the brothel, the cookhouse, and even stand over the original Nichols Raise, a mineshaft that runs 170 feet straight down.

Vulture City also hosts several events throughout the year, including ghost tours, photo walks, and overnight paranormal investigations.

Address: 36610 355th Avenue, Wickenburg, AZ

P: 877-425-9229 | Website: vultureminetours.com

VULTURE PEAK

The Wickenburg Hiking Guide details parking and trail information for Vulture Peak and other hiking destinations. From Highway 60, head west to Vulture Mine Road and turn left, drive 6.4 miles to the signed trailhead turn off and turn left; drive 0.4 miles to the trailhead. The Wickenburg Chamber gives a certificate upon completion of the hike.

You can view or download the hiking guide online here. A physical copy of the guide can also be picked up at the Wickenburg Visitor Center, located at 216 N. Frontier Street.

WICKENBURG WALKING TOUR

The Chamber has developed a self-guided brochure pairing historic town buildings with a map of their locations. Additionally, the locations of six bronze Wickenburg characters and murals located around town are included in the brochure. Numbers in the brochure correspond to the locations on the map, which are available at the Visitor Center (216 N. Frontier Street).

P: 928-684-5479 | Website: walkwickenburg.com

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