Recently I left my Wyoming home and headed south into Arizona’s desert landscape to explore the town of Wickenburg. Surrounded by unique natural landscapes, it is home to an interesting history, lively streets and friendly faces. If you are headed down to Southern Arizona, Wickenburg is a must for your list of places to visit. It would be easy to spend lots of time in this town, but let’s discuss some highlights from my short visit.
One of the most prominent features near Wickenburg is Vulture Mountain. This mass of rock towers above the desert landscape and makes for an outstanding view. There is a trail leading to the top of the mountain. Make it to the top and you can receive a certificate for climbing the mountain. Stop by the Wickenburg Chamber to get your just reward. Just be sure to bring plenty of water, as the Arizona heat is no joke!
Lush Foliage and Gila Monsters
Experience the natural side of Wickenburg by taking a stroll at the Hassayampa River Preserve. Filled with dense forest and features like a river, ponds, and lush foliage, this beautiful area is an oasis in the desert. It is not uncommon to see waterfowl, tortoises, or even the only venomous lizard in the United States, the gila monster.
Git along, Cowpoke
If you are really looking to connect with the desert landscape of Wickenburg, I would highly recommend staying at one of the local guest ranches. The ranches have a very authentic, western feel and provide guests with experiences like horseback riding and golf. The hosts are always friendly and happy to guide guests in having the absolute best experience possible while in Wickenburg.
On the Streets
Downtown Wickenburg isn’t your average American town. Walking down the streets almost feels like being in a big museum, and there is something new to learn around every corner. The sidewalks are filled with interactive statues that tell you about the history of the area. The history of the town is a mere press of a button away. There are also plenty of beautiful, small statues that resemble wildlife found in the areas. A couple of my favorite are the roadrunner and gila monster.
A Town With A Taste Of It All
You’ll have no trouble finding places to eat and hang out in town. There are countless southwestern style restaurants and many small shops that elicit a small-town feel. There are also lots of awesome outdoor walkways around town full of lights and picnic tables. Additionally, the people here are super friendly and you’ll have no problem getting directions or meeting some new friends.
Make Vulture City Great Again
One of my final stops was to Vulture City, which is an old mining town near Wickenburg founded in 1863. The authentic restored building are on display, and visitors are welcome to see this historic piece of the region. Strolling the streets of the town, you can really get a feel for the town when it was populated with miners and western settlers. One of my favorite pieces of Vulture City is Henry Wickenburg’s adobe home.
Well, that just about concludes my journey in Wickenburg. I certainly hope that you check it out when in the Phoenix area. The laid back feel and abundance of activities makes Wickenburg a place that nobody would want to miss.
This story was created in partnership with the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, Arizona.