Wickenburg Arizona - Old West Town
Wickenburg, an old west town in Arizona, is located about an hour northwest of Phoenix. Voted as one of the best western towns in the world, Wickenburg's rich history is rooted in mining and farming.
Things to do in Wickenburg
- Take the Historical Walking Tour
- Visit the Desert Caballeros Western Museum
- Hike the Hassayampa River Preserve
- Hike Vulture Peak
- Tour the Vulture Mine
- Visit the Annual Gold Rush Days and Senior Pro Rodeo in February
Learn about Arizona's old west by taking the Historical Walking Tour.
Wickenburg's Historical Walking Tour
The Santa Fe Depot built in 1894 is now home to the Chamber of the Commerce. The tour begins at the Santa Fe Depot where visitors can obtain a map and start their self-guided tour.
There are 31 stops on the walking tour. Visitors can begin the tour by the statue of the teacher with luggage. She is near the Santa Fe Railroad engine and caboose.
Throughout the downtown there are six sculptures with buttons visitors can press to learn more about the history of Wickenburg.
One of the stops on the historical tour include the Hassayampa Building on the corner of Frontier and Yavapi Street. A sculpture of hotel owner Elizabeth Smith, tells visitors about the hotel's history. Nearby, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum has a great western historical and art exhibit.
Across the street from the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, next to the gas station, is the Jail Tree. This 200 year old Mesquite tree served as the town's jail from 1863 to 1890.
Outlaws were chained to the tree for punishment.
Hiking in Wickenburg
Hassayampa River Preserve is a popular hiking trail for visitors.