RIDE. HIKE. BIKE. ROMP. MUSE. PROSPECT. EXPLORE. ENJOY.
Activities in Wickenburg abound but first, stop at 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.
Most attractions are open for business. Call or visit the website of the respective attraction to find out more information.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
WHAT IS STATE TRUST LAND?
“State Trust Land is not Public Land. Trust land is different from public land such as parks or National Forests, in that Trust Lands are managed by the Land Department to generate revenue for 13 specific beneficiaries. Today the Trust manages 9.3 million acres of land, and approximately 90 percent of the revenue generated from sales or leases supports K-12 education.”
You must obtain a permit from the Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) to be on State Trust lands. For current fees visit their website. Stay connected with the ASLD by following them on Twitter or Facebook.”
IF YOU’RE TRAVELLING 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.
Respect and protect our great outdoor spaces, and remember to #LeaveNoTrace.
Learn more about Wickenburg Clean & Beautiful.
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:
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.
ATTRACTIONS & THINGS TO DO
DEL E. WEBB CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
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 Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts schedules a wide variety of performances in the intimate, 600-seat venue every year from November through April. Every week world-class artists bring fresh new shows to the stage for locals and visitors alike. Notable acts in past seasons include renowned country duo The Bellamy Brothers, famed actresses and comediennes Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery, and the awe-inspiring Zoppé Italian Family Circus.
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.
- Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Closed on major holidays.
Location: 21 N. Frontier Street | P: (928) 684-2272 | W: westernmuseum.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.
HENRY WICKENBURG MEMORIAL
Located just off Howard Court, this is the gravesite of town founder Henry Wickenburg, who died in 1905. Park near the Visitor Center on Frontier Street and walk to the memorial about four blocks away.
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.
THE JAIL TREE
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
THE LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE
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.
Location: Beside Basha’s shopping plaza
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.
Originally built in 1948, the historic single-screen 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
WICKENBURG LEGENDS & GHOST TOURS
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
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.
- GUEST RANCHES
FLYING E GUEST RANCH
Flying E Ranch is one of Wickenburg’s three historic guest ranches, offering Western fun and hospitality for all ages.
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. The ranch offers amenities such as a heated swimming pool, tennis court, horseshoe pitch, jeep tours, and more.
P: (928) 684-2690 | Website: flyingeranch.com
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.
Kay El Bar was recently featured with Vulture City Ghost Town during “Wild Rides” on the Cowboy Channel! View the episode online here.
P: (928) 684-7593 | Website: kayelbar.com
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.
P: (928) 684-2628 | Website: ranchocasitasguestranch.com
RANCHO DE LOS CABALLEROS
Historic Rancho de los Caballeros offers 20,000 of Arizona desert and activities such as horseback riding, evening bonfires, a spa, jeep tours, and more. Experience small-town hospitality and immerse yourself in the laid-back Western lifestyle.
Rancho de los Caballeros also boasts an 18-hole golf course with sprawling views of the Bradshaw Mountains and Vulture Peak.
P: (928) 684-5484 | Website: ranchodeloscaballeros.com
- OUT OF TOWN
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
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park was dedicated as a memorial to the 19 Granite Mountain
Hotshots who perished in June of 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.
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.
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. Additional information can be found on the website.
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.
- OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
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
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.
- Arizona Horse Company at Kay El Bar Guest Ranch – 2655 Kay El Bar Road, Wickenburg, AZ | (435) 333-7433
- Wickenburg Stables – 36770 S. Rincon Road, Wickenburg, AZ (riding lessons) | (602) 558-1354
- Rancho de los Caballeros Guest Ranch – 1551 S. Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg, AZ | 928-684-5484
- Flying E Guest Ranch – 2801 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ | (928) 684-2690
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
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.
The Vulture Mountain Recreation Area is currently under construction. Several of the current staging areas and trails are closed to hikers, equestrians, vehicles, and campers during construction.
*A map of accessible areas and project information can be found on the Maricopa County website.
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
FRIENDS OF MUSIC
Free monthly concerts from November through April
Schedule available here: www.fomwickenburg.org
POLLY ANNE’S WICKENBURG STABLES
Stables/Boarding/Rentals/Horseback Riding Lessons