Wickenburg is a real western town founded in 1863 and was named by American Cowboy’s Top 20 Places to Live the West, and Top 10 true western towns by True West Magazine and offers visitors a variety of activities.
Historical Walking Tour — The Wickenburg Chamber has developed a self-guided four-color brochure pairing historic town buildings with a map of their locations. Listen to narrated history on Wickenburg with six character bronze sculptures; walk around to view other bronzes and murals located in the downtown. The Visitor’s Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through Labor Day. For information, visit www.wickenburgchamber.com, or call 928-684-5479.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum — Arizona’s Most Western Museum is home to more than 400 works of Western art including Remington’s and Russell’s.
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. For information, call 928-684-2272. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. Closed Mondays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Historic Vulture Mine, founded in 1863, the mine offers a self-guided tour of the remaining buildings and mine site. Vulture Mine is 12 miles south of downtown Wickenburg. From May through October, two-hour tours are on Saturday only, gates open at 8 a.m. and start at 8:30 a.m. the main gate is then closed. Cost is $10 cash per person.
Come experience golf with special summer fees at two courses. Serene but lethal is one description of the 18-hole championship course at Rancho de los Caballeros. Call for tee time at 928-684-2704 The Wickenburg Country Club’s 18-hole course offers a beautiful layout and scenic views. For information, call 928-684-2011, extension 104.
Adventure trail rides, sunset rides, cowboy dinner rides, and horseback riding lessons are available from Effus Land & Cattle Ranch. Call Rosie Lloyd at 928-277-7703.
BC Jeep Tours can take individuals or groups on rides through this historic ranching and mining area. Tours are available daily, along with specials such as the “Full Moon” night ride through Box Canyon. Call 928-684-7901 for information.
Hassayampa River Preserve is a rare oasis in the Sonoran Desert, and is nationally known for the spectacular flocks of birds that congregate streamside. Visit the nature trails, and various natural exhibits at this historic place now owned by the Nature Conservancy. Summer hours through mid September: Open 8 to 11 a.m., Friday through Sunday. For information, call 928-684-2772.
For a full schedule of events and programs, call the chamber at 1-800-942-5242 or visit www.outwickenburgway.com.