Outside the hustle and bustle of Phoenix is Wickenburg, Arizona, a western town that offers that friendly, small town feel with conveniences of big city living. This is a place where you can disconnect from the grid and reconnect with nature, self, and others. If you’re looking to enjoy a change of pace, stunning vistas of desert and mountain ranges, and star-filled night skies, saddle-up for a trip to the historic, high-desert town of Wickenburg.
Henry Wickenburg, Wickenburg’s founder, first discovered gold at Vulture Mine in 1863. Vulture Mine would go on to be the richest gold producer in Arizona history, producing over $30 Million in gold and is still open for tours today. The mining lore of the area is responsible for much of the town’s historic charm and there are still numerous relics of other mines surrounding Wickenburg.
Wickenburg also supported a robust farming and ranching scene in the 1900s, due to the fertile soil provided by the Hassayampa River floodplain. The addition of the railroad in 1895 and Highway 60 later on, allowed for trade and tourism to boom and Wickenburg became known as the “Dude Ranch Capital of the World”, drawing tourists from all over who wanted to experience the great American West. The historic train depot still stands today as the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center.
Although today’s residents enjoy all of the modern conveniences of a larger city, the deeply rooted western ambience and rich history still thrive in Wickenburg today.
Known as the “Team Roping Capital of the World”, the town of Wickenburg holds many events throughout the year that celebrate the unique and vibrant traditions of the area. The Annual Gold Rush Days was founded over 70 years ago and continues to celebrate the town’s origins in ranching and gold mining with three and a half days of exciting activities, drawing tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Through events like Gold Rush Days, the Annual Bluegrass Festival, Fiesta de Septiembre and the Annual Christmas Parade of Lights, Wickenburg residents are able to frequently revel in the rich culture of the area.
You’ll find every day in Wickenburg is just as exciting as the last, with so many local attractions to explore. Whether you want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors by exploring the Hassayampa River Preserve, dive into the rich history by touring the Desert Caballeros Western Museum or Vulture City, or sit back and take in a show at the Del Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg has something for everyone.
Although Phoenix is just a short drive away, the robust dining and shopping scene in Wickenburg means you never have to leave.
When you’re looking for a bite to eat outside of the community gates, you’ll find a variety of delicious dining options to please your taste buds. From homemade sandwiches and bakery items, to authentic Mexican or Mediterranean cuisine or a homestyle breakfast, there is a locally owned, original restaurant waiting for you.
You’ll also find all of your grocery needs covered by two local grocery stores – Safeway and Basha’s. For all of your non-grocery needs, Downtown Wickenburg has a number of boutique shops, all within walking distance of each other.
For check-ups or medical needs, Wickenburg Community Hospital is right in the heart of town. Established in 1926, this non-profit organization lives by its promise to serve all patients with top-quality care. Providing a wide range of services, from cardiopulmonary, interventional pain management, medical imaging and laboratory services, podiatry, primary care, rehabilitation, surgery and many more, the Wickenburg Community Hospital is here to take care of you.