160 Reasons to Visit Wickenburg

Welcome to Wickenburg, where the spirit of the Wild West meets modern adventure. Nestled in the heart of Arizona, this charming town invites you to explore its rich gold mining history, vibrant cultural scene, and stunning desert landscapes. From annual festivals celebrating its heritage to outdoor escapades in the Hassayampa River Preserve, Wickenburg offers a tapestry of experiences. Dive into cowboy culture with ranch tours, indulge in Southwestern cuisine, or witness breathtaking sunsets over mountain vistas. Join us for a unique blend of history, art, and outdoor adventures—here are 160 reasons why Wickenburg is a must-visit destination.

  • Experience a free concert from the Wickenburg Friends of Music at the Wickenburg Community Center, October through April.
  • Step back in time and take a guided tour of the historic Vulture City ghost town.
  • See Nashville superstar, Pam Tillis, at An Evening with Pam Tillis at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, January 19, 2024.

Stop by the Wickenburg Visitor Center, located in the historic 1895 Santa Fe train depot on Frontier Street.

  • View the historic Santa Fe Locomotive #761 & Tender and Drover Caboose located on Frontier Street.
  • Explore classic cars and beautiful aircraft at the Fly-in & Classic Car Show, January 20, 2024.
  • Take a guided hike at the Hassayampa River Preserve.
  • View beautiful hand-crafted quilts during Arizona Skies, presented by Wickenburg’s Vulture Peak Patchers, January 26-27, 2024.
  • Catch a rodeo at the Everett Bowman Rodeo Arena.
  • Indulge in the thrilling crossover of hip-hop and classical music with Black Violin at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, January 27, 2024.
  • Experience Wickenburg’s warm Western hospitality.
  • See award-winning filmmaker and photographer Pete McBride’s epic journey through the Grand Canyon during “Into the Canyon: Between River and Rim” at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, January 30.
  • Rock with The Mavericks at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, February 2 & 3, 2024.
  • Find authentic and thoughtfully crafted Western gear, from the finest cowboy hats to boots.
  • Enjoy The Texas Tenors’ musical extravaganza at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, February 9 & 10, 2024.

Celebrate Wickenburg’s ranching and mining history at the 75th Annual Gold Rush Days, February 9-11, 2024.

  • Take advantage of Wickenburg’s dark night skies for the ultimate Milky Way galaxy viewing, February through October.
  • Treat your sweetheart to a live concert by WildeP’lay featuring love songs from the American songbook, presented by the Wickenburg Friends of Music, February 18, 2024.
  • Immerse yourself in Frankie Moreno’s genre-defying rock n’ roll performance at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, February 24, 2024.
  • Delight in the live Mediterranean melodies of Pavlo at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, February 28, 2024.
  • Spot all the bronze critter statues located in downtown Wickenburg.
  • Explore Cowgirl Up!, an invitational art exhibition highlighting the West’s best women artists at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.
  • Travel back to 1979 with Classic Albums Live as they play Supertramp’s “Breakfast in America” at Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, March 2, 2024.
  • Harmonize with Voctave, a renowned a capella group at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, March 7, 2024.
  • Enter America’s swing era with Jukebox Saturday Night at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, March 10, 2024.
  • Enjoy a little country western and a little southern gospel by Dave & Daphne, presented by the Wickenburg Friends of Music, March 10, 2024.
  • Taste mouthwatering samples from the best barbecue teams at the Guys Who Grill Team Grilling Competition, March 16, 2024.
  • Pay tribute to female country music legends during “Trailblazing Women of Country” at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, March 19, 2024.
  • Dance the night away during the Party in the Desert Country Music Fest at the historic Flying E Ranch, March 22-24, 2024.
  • Catch the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, March 24, 2024.
  • Experience the only unscripted theatrical awards show, “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, March 30, 2024.

Activate the button at every bronze statue featured on the official Wickenburg Walking Tour to hear a captivating snippet of Wickenburg’s history.

  • Witness the colorful wildflower blooms in the spring.
  • Indulge in the enduring musical talent of Arizona’s Orpheus Male Chorus, presented by Wickenburg Friends of Music, April 7.
  • From delectable barbecue to elegant fine dining, taste a spectrum of cuisines and uncover your next cherished dining spot.
  • Release your inner rockhound and find unique rocks and gems only found in the desert.
  • Witness a thrilling Old West reenactment by the Wickenburg Marshals at Vulture City Ghost Town.
  • Hike to the top of Vulture Peak for the ultimate view of Wickenburg and the surrounding area.
  • Dive into Wickenburg’s history and fine Western art at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.
  • Relax with a massage from the Alvea Spa at Wickenburg Ranch.
  • Peruse the world of renowned artist Ray Villafane during Gourdy Ghouligan’s Halloween Spooktacular at Vulture City.
  • Cheer on contestants during a team roping competition at one of six arenas in the Wickenburg area.
  • Enjoy toe-tappin’ live music at the annual Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival in November.
  • Bring your camera and capture the beauty of the surrounding desert.
  • Grab a cup of coffee from a local coffee shop and enjoy a peaceful sunrise over the desert landscape.
  • Learn the history of Wickenburg’s historic downtown buildings on a guided golf cart tour with Wickenburg Legends and Ghost Tours.
  • Cowboy up and be part of a Cattle Roundup at Flying E Ranch.
  • Tee off at one of Wickenburg’s stunning golf courses.
  • Journey through the captivating desert scenery on a jeep tour with BC Jeep Tours.

Admire vibrant murals throughout the downtown area.

  • Get unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list at our local specialty shops.
  • Spot various bird species native to the area.
  • Commemorate Independence Day at Wickenburg’s 4th of July Spectacular fireworks show.
  • Engage in an educational wildlife encounter at Hassayampa Riverwalk Bridge during the Bats and Buzzards event.
  • See local reenactment groups wandering the streets in period attire.
  • View the Henry Wickenburg Memorial located on Howard Court, honoring our town’s namesake.
  • Take your photo next to the historic Jail Tree, a 200-year-old mesquite tree that served as Wickenburg’s first jail.
  • Enjoy a stay at one of our historic guest ranches: Kay El Bar Ranch, Rancho de los Caballeros, Flying E Ranch, and Rancho Casitas.
  • Unearth and observe the nocturnal creepy crawlies of the desert during the Creatures of the Night Walk at the Hassayampa River Preserve.
  • End your day by watching one of the Southwest’s iconic sunsets paint the sky.
  • See the Little Red Schoolhouse, the first brick schoolhouse in Wickenburg, built in 1905.
  • Find special items at the Wickenburg Art Club’s annual Holiday Market in November.
  • Make a wish and learn the Hassayampa Legend at the Wishing Well, located near the Hassayampa Riverwalk Bridge in downtown Wickenburg.
  • Grab your hiking boots and explore Sophie’s Flat Trailhead.
  • Saddle up and enjoy the endless desert vistas on a guided horseback ride.
  • Join the countdown as the town’s Christmas tree is lit at the beginning of the season.
  • Attend an educational lecture on our local history at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

Catch the latest first-run movie or your favorite Western classic at the historic Saguaro Theater.

  • Stroll the Hassayampa Riverwalk Bridge during the holidays for the ultimate festive photo opportunity.
  • Check out the latest exhibit at the Wickenburg Art Club gallery, featuring local artisans.
  • Rent a UTV for the adventure of a lifetime with Happy Trails Adventure Company or TL Speed Shop.
  • Drive just 25 miles north to honor the memory and bravery of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots lost during the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013.
  • Make memories of a lifetime in our historic town.

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