RIDE. HIKE. BIKE. ROMP. MUSE. PROSPECT. EXPLORE. ENJOY.
Activities in Wickenburg abound but first, stop into the Wickenburg Visitor Center at 216 N. Frontier Street. Get directions, recommendations, things to do, and a Wild West smile.
With over 300 days of sunshine each year and activities galore, Wickenburg is a true oasis in the desert. Experience horseback riding, take a jeep tour, find a hiking trail, explore our historic landmarks, spend the night at a dude ranch, and much more. Get all the details and plan your trip Out Wickenburg Way! Take a stroll using our handy Wickenburg Walking Tour guide! This guide has also been translated into German.
IF YOU'RE TRAVELING OUT WICKENBURG WAY...
Please remember to treat our outdoor spaces with respect. We want to maintain and preserve these wonderful landmarks for generations to come.
Did you know that residents and non-residents of Arizona have two different OHV registration methods?
Residents of Arizona must register and obtain their OHV decal from an Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) or an authorized third-party provider.
If you’re a non-resident of Arizona, and you’d like to exclusively operate your OHV on non-maintained roads and trails, you can purchase a non-resident OHV decal through the Arizona Game and Fish Department website. However, if you would also like to make your OHV street legal, you must obtain the OHV decal from an Arizona Department of Transportation MVD or an authorized third-party service provider.
The Arizona State Parks and Trails website has additional information on OHV decals for residents and non-residents in Arizona. Visit their website here.
BIRDING IN ARIZONA
From Arizona State Parks:
September is a great month for birders, and there are several awesome parks that attract our feathered friends annually.
Right now, birds that breed in Arizona, winter migrants, and resident birds can all be seen in the parks. Some of them will eventually continue their journey south into Mexico, but others may not have arrived yet as they migrate from the north.
This is an exciting time of transition in the parks and gives birders a cause for celebration while species diversity is at its peak. This is just a great time to be outside as fall leaf colors are supplemented with the vibrancy of colored feathers! Add beautiful new songs to the visual splendor, and an autumn park road trip might be just what you need to soothe your soul after the hottest Arizona summer on record!
We’ve put together an awesome resource that explains how to get into birding and where you can experience these fun and beautiful creatures in Arizona’s state parks. Learn more about the birds of Arizona and where to spot them.
ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
There’s no better time to be in the great outdoors than now. Explore the beautiful surrounding desert with the official Wickenburg hiking guide. Check out four of the best hiking trails in the Wickenburg area with trail ratings, distance details, points of interest, and more.
Safety is an important part of hiking, especially during the summer months. Know your limits, and be safe while exploring! View a safety checklist before you begin your hike.
Hiking Tips: Prehydration
ARIZONA HORSE CO.
Arizona Horse Company offers guided horseback rides with friendly, enthusiastic professionals through the scenic desert. New and experienced riders are welcomed.
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. Trips can be customized to your interests!
P: 928-684-7901 | Website: www.bcjeeptours.com
DEL E. WEBB CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Performing Arts Center
Wickenburg is the proud home of the Del E. Webb Center is a 600 seat state-of-the-art theater that entertains and educates over 22,000 audience members through its programming each year.
The Webb Center is celebrating another season of presenting world-class music, dance, and theater in Wickenburg.
Please contact the Webb Center Box Office at (928) 684-6624 or visit dewpac.org for full show descriptions, video previews, and seating options.
The Del E. Webb Center is currently working to safely provide entertainment to its patrons for the 2020-2021 season. Check out their calendar for more details and upcoming events.
Theatre Location: 1090 South Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg, AZ (campus of Wickenburg High School)
Box Office Location: 2001 West Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ (second floor of UMB Bank)
P: 928-684-6624 | Website: dewpac.org
DESERT CABALLEROS WESTERN MUSEUM
No visit to Wickenburg would be complete without a tour of “Arizona’s Most Western Museum.” Home to more than 400 works of Western art, including sculptures by famous artists Frederick Remington and Charles Russell, this 60-year-old museum is also known as one of Arizona’s finest.
Visitors call it a jewel and invariably say they are amazed to find it so full of unexpected treasures. Stop by and discover a room that tells history in miniature, along with an entire turn-of-the-century Wickenburg Street scene, complete with a saloon and general store. There’s an “Out on the Ranch” exhibit created for children of all ages!
Adjacent to the museum, the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center hosts exhibits, workshops, presentations, and receptions throughout the year. In front of the Learning Center is one of the most recognizable life-size bronze statues in Arizona: “Thanks for the Rain” by the late founder of the Cowboy Artist of America, Joe Beeler.
Open Monday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; closed on major holidays.
Location: 21 N. Frontier Street | P: (928) 684-2272 | W: westernmuseum.org
FLYING E RANCH
The historic Flying E Ranch offers day rides twice a day to the public from October 1 to April 30 with no overnight stay required. Reservations to stay at the ranch are now open year-round. Flying E Ranch offers amenities such as a heated swimming pool, tennis court, horseshoe pitch, jeep tours, and more.
P: (928) 684-2690 | Website: flyingeranch.com
FRIENDS OF MUSIC
Free monthly concerts from November through April
Schedule available here: www.fomwickenburg.org
Buildings dating back to the early 1900s line this historic street, including the restored 1895-year-old Santa Fe Depot, now the Chamber of Commerce building and official Wickenburg Visitor’s Center.
HAPPY TRAILS OF ARIZONA
ATV and Side by Side Rentals and Service
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 occasionally run underground. Wickenburg is home to the Hassayampa River Preserve, owned & managed by Maricopa County, 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!
Location: 49614 U.S. Hwy. 60 89 | P: 928-684-2772
HISTORIC RAILROAD ENGINE AND CABOOSE
Frontier Street is home to many of Wickenburg’s historic highlights, including the historic A.T. and Santa Fe Railroad Engine 761. This engine was one of the main work-horses of the mainline in Wickenburg. The engine is a class 759, 2-8-0, and was built in 1890. Learn more about the historic engine.
The historic 1900 Series Southern Pacific Drover Caboose sits behind the 761 engine, exemplifying another piece of western heritage and cowboy history. Learn more about the historic caboose.
P: (928) 684-5479 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORIC WALKING TOUR
The Chamber has developed a self-guided 4-color brochure pairing historic town buildings with a map of their locations. Additionally six bronze Wickenburg Characters, and murals located around town are included. Numbers in the brochure correspond to the locations on the map, which is available at the Visitor Center (216 N. Frontier Street). The “Wickenburg” app is also available for download on Apple and Android devices.
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.
- Kay El Bar Guest Ranch – 2655 Kay El Bar Road, Wickenburg, AZ
- Wickenburg Stables – 36770 S. Rincon Road, Wickenburg, AZ
- Rancho de los Caballeros Guest Ranch – 1551 S. Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg, AZ
- Flying E Guest Ranch – 2801 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ
Photo courtesy Kay El Bar Guest Ranch
Over 200 years old, this mesquite tree located at Tegner and Wickenburg Way once served as the town jail. A bronze sculpture sits next to the tree. A pedestrian-friendly walkway will take you through the next block into the historic district. The Mesquite is recognized as one of the Arizona Centennial Trees and was most recently designated by the Arizona State Forestry Department as a Witness Tree.
Location: Sits beside Circle K in historic downtown Wickenburg
One of the largest remaining Joshua tree stands is found 30 miles northwest of Wickenburg on Highway 93. It provides springtime visitors with a breathtaking sight of trees in bloom.
KAY EL BAR GUEST RANCH
Kay El Bar Ranch first welcomed guests in 1918, and today guests can enjoy staying at the ranch from October through May. Kay El Bar offers horseback riding, hiking, a pool, and more.
Location: 2655 Kay El Bar Rd.
P: (928) 684-7593 | Website: kayelbar.com
Kay El Bar was recently featured with Vulture City Ghost Town during “Wild Rides” on the Cowboy Channel! Check out the full episode below:
LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE
Three blocks north of Wickenburg Way on Tegner, the historic 1905 Little Red Schoolhouse marks the first brick schoolhouse in town. The Wickenburg Children’s Cultural Organization is housed in the building and conducts special activities throughout the year. Currently closed.
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.
POLLY ANNE’S WICKENBURG STABLES
Stables/Boarding/Rentals/Horseback Riding Lessons
RANCHO CASITAS GUEST RANCH
Rancho Casitas began welcoming guests in 1965 and continues to welcome guests seasonally from October to May. Rancho Casitas offer long-term and short-term vacation casitas. Accommodations are also available for guests to bring their horses along with them.
Location: 56550 N. Rancho Casitas Rd.
P: (928) 684-2628 | Website: ranchocasitasguestranch.com
RANCHO de los CABALLEROS
Family-owned and operated Rancho de los Caballeros offers 20,000 of Arizona desert and activities such as horseback riding, evening bonfires, a spa, jeep tours, and more.
P: (928) 684-5484 | Website: ranchodeloscaballeros.com
ROBSON'S MINING WORLD
Hours: Open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, closed Wednesdays
Wander through the beautifully restored ghost town known as Robson’s Mining World. For additional history and tour information, visit westerndestinations.com.
P: 602-759-5772 | Website: westerndestinations.com
Originally built in 1948, the historic Saguaro Theater is still playing movies in downtown Wickenburg! In the summer of 2020, the theater was thoughtfully renovated and received a fresh new look, a new marquee, and new seats, while highlighting the historic charm of the building. The theater now plays classic Western films in addition to the latest first-run movies.
Visit their website to find out what’s playing and what’s coming up.
Location: 176 E. Wickenburg Way | P: 928- 684-7189 | Website: saguarotheatre.com
From November to April, Wickenburg arenas are lively and filled with ropers from around the country. Listed below are local arenas:
- Rancho Rio – 1325 N. Tegner Street (Just north of Highway 93 roundabout)
- Simpson Ranch – 503 S. Tegner Street
- Downtown Arena – 520 N. Tegner Street
- Everett Bowman Rodeo Arena – 935 Constellation Road
- Western Trails – 37838 Grand Avenue, Morristown, AZ
- Horns & Hooves Arena – 39410 N. Highway US 60, Morristown, AZ 85342
- Silver Bit Arena – Aguila, AZ, turn left next to Mile Marker 83 and follow signs
Schedules and additional up-to-date information can be found on the websites or Facebook pages of the arenas. Click on their names to be redirected.
VULTURE CITY GHOST TOWN
Vulture City offers a peek at yesteryear by bringing local history back to life. Wander down a 1/2 mile gravel path and explore 12 beautifully restored buildings, adorned with informational plaques and countless artifacts. Step back in time and tour the over one-century-old ghost town, located just 12 miles outside of Wickenburg.
Guided tours are offered from mid-October through Mother’s Day on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am sharp. Self-guided tours are available 7 days a week, hours varying by season (information below).
At the intersection of Highway 60/93 in Wickenburg, travel west on Highway 60/Wickenburg Way for 2.5 miles to Vulture Mine Road, then travel south 12 miles to the mine entrance.
SUMMER HOURS (2021):
- Open every day, self-guided tours: 8:00am to 2:00pm
Website: vultureminetours.com | P: (877) 425-9229
Vulture City was featured with Kay El Bar Ranch in “Wild Rides” on the Cowboy Channel! In case you missed it, check out the episode here:
A Chamber-produced 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 turnoffs and turn left; drive 0.4 mile to the trailhead. The Wickenburg Chamber gives a certificate upon completion of the hike.
WICKENBURG LEGENDS AND GHOST STORIES
Walking or Riding Adventure
Take a tour with Madam Mariah through historic downtown Wickenburg and learn all the local ghost stories, legends, and history. This fun-filled tour led by the charismatic team is great for the whole family!
Call for tour times and dates:
P: 360-609-2280 | Website: wickenburgghosts.weebly.com
Located just off Howard Court, this is the gravesite of town founder Henry Wickenburg, who died in 1905. Park near the Chamber on Frontier Street and walk to the memorial about four blocks away.
Make a wish, and you’ll probably get it – and never tell the truth again! Learn about the Hassayampa legend. The infamous well is located next to the Hassayampa River Walk pedestrian bridge. Interpretive panels tell the community history.
YARNELL SHRINE OF ST. JOSEPH
Located just up the road 25 miles in the little town of Yarnell, the shrine contains statues and plaques following the Stations of the Cross. Once in downtown Yarnell, watch for signs off of Highway 89.
NEARBY STATE PARKS
Alamo Lake State Park: Alamo Lake State Park holds the potential to produce epic springtime largemouth bass fishing memories amid gorgeous Sonoran Desert wildflowers. The bass here typically begin to spawn when lake surface temperature hits 65 degrees, so keep an eye on the weather and hope for a warming trend. The park rangers are always happy to take a call to relay current fishing conditions.
Arizona’s premier bass fishing destination is also a great place to see wintering birds and resident Sonoran Desert wildlife during a trip to the park.
Another aspect of this park is its clear night skies. Because this park is so remote, the stars, the moon, and other celestial points of interest can be seen very readily, especially with the aid of actual astronomy telescopes!
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park:
Designation: Interpretive Trail
Location: Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park, Yarnell, Ariz.
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park was dedicated as a memorial to the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in 2013 while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. These two trails complete the seven-mile network within the park and offer very unique experiences for those that venture to the park and pay tribute to the brave men honored there.
The Hotshots Trail is an interpretive one-way adventure that is sure to evoke emotion. As hikers make their way through the Weaver Mountains while admiring the beauty that surrounds them, they will encounter 200+ stairs carved from the surrounding rock, interpretive signs, benches, and 19 memorial plaques. The plaques are set into rocks and share a photo and a story of each fallen Hotshot. Four interpretive signs paired with memorial benches provide information about the dangers and benefits of wildland firefighting.
The Journey Trail allows you to follow the last steps of the Hotshots down to where they made their last stand. Encircling the fatality site, 19 gabion baskets, one for each Hotshot, are united by chains representing their eternal team. A short path surrounds the gabions and the nearby memorial flagpole.
Although many visitors choose to walk the trail on their own, seasonal park rangers are available at the trailhead and will lead walks along the trail if requested.
For additional information, visit: azstateparks.com/hotshots/explore/trails