The 9 Best Things to Do in Wickenburg, United States

September 20, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Wickenburg is a town primarily located in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with a portion in neighboring Yavapai County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 6,363.
Restaurants in Wickenburg

1. Desert Caballeros Western Museum

21 N Frontier St, Wickenburg, AZ 85390-3431 +1 928-684-2272
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 317 reviews

Desert Caballeros Western Museum

This summer escape the heat while embarking on genuine adventure at Desert Caballeros Western Museum! DCWM’s world renowned collection of Western fine art, historic exhibits and engaging education programs highlight the cultural legacy of the American West. Core to the museum collection are prized works of Catlin, Bierstadt, Moran, Remington, Russell, Cowboy Artists of America and Taos Society of Artists. Works by Bill Owen, Maynard Dixon, Alan Houser, Mirna Harrison and more offer an enriching contemporary presentation. With an eye on the horizon, DCWM hosts its nationally revered Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of West featuring hundreds of new works by 58 of the nation's top female artists every spring. Ready for more than world renowned art collections? Meander into awesome life-scale recreations of old 1905 Wickenburg; experience ranch life of the early Central Valley settlers and real Wickenburg dude ranches; discover local gold mining history & Arizona minerals; meet the American Indian tribes of the Southwest by examining their tools and crafts. A dream come true for kids of all ages, our museum offers free GuidePort headsets that tell the vast stories of the true American West! Head ‘Out Wickenburg Way’ to Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

Reviewed By SCB951 - Temecula, California

What a pleasant experience! The museum focuses on western theme. There are paintings, sculptures, life-size recreations, and dioramas related to cowboys, cowgirls, native Americans, desert life, and desert landscape. They provide a device that automatically detects your location in the museum and then provides a narration through a headset related to the applicable displays. We spent about 3 hours in the museum. We would have stayed longer if time permitted. The cost was very reasonable. I highly recommend visiting this museum even if you have no previous interest in western themes. The experience will change that.

2. Hassayampa River Preserve

49614 W. Highway 60, Wickenburg, AZ 85390 +1 928-684-2772
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Hassayampa River Preserve

Reviewed By David T - Williams, AZ, United States

Great place for a guided birding or nature tour. Many of the desert plants are well labeled. Birds in February were not abundant. There is a spring-fed small lake not connected to the Hassayampa River--again, odd for a desert area. Lots of shade and nice benches for us seniors.

3. Vulture Peak Trail

Wickenburg, AZ +1 623-580-5500
Excellent
55%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Vulture Peak Trail

Reviewed By cloosh - Courtenay, Canada

An excellent 5 mile hike in a park, which starts as an easy hike and gradually becomes more difficult closer to the peak with a hands and feet scramble to the summit. The pathway was more difficult to follow coming back from the peak and close to the parking lot and requires more signage than currently exists as the individual is down in dry river beds and can't gauge their direction back to base. Some wonderful scenery especially with the recent rainfall. Be prepared for a cold start though until the sun comes up. Take your time and look close and far...There is a great deal to see.

4. Gramma Lizards

250 W Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ 85390-3217 +1 928-671-1254
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Gramma Lizards

Reviewed By jim b - North Vancouver, Canada

We found this little shop in Wickenberg, a little hard to find but well worth it. The owner artist does incredibly colorful and some whimsical senoran art work. She also has many little intriguing pieces. She is a delight to talk to and will help with your visit. First class.

5. Del E Webb Center for the Performing Arts

1090 S Vulture Mine Rd, Wickenburg, AZ 85390-3145 +1 928-684-6624
Excellent
65%
Good
35%
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Del E Webb Center for the Performing Arts

Established in 2001, the Webb Center is a 600-seat proscenium theatre that presents professional music, dance and theatre performances to educate and enrich the lives of its patrons.

Reviewed By GiseppeGord

Del Webb provides an excellent variety of talent for everyone's tastes. If you plan on being in the Phoenix area, plan ahead, look at their web site and plan on a lovely evening of quality, professional talent. For dinner options in the area, I recommend Anita's or Rancho de Los Caballeros. Charlie's steak house is also an option but not high quality. During our last visit, we enjoyed the Hot Sardines jazz ensemble. You will not be disappointed.

6. Vulture Gold Mine

Mine Rd, Wickenburg, AZ +1 602-859-2743
Excellent
42%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
7%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Vulture Gold Mine

Reviewed By Linda T - Atlanta, GA

I'll admit to being fascinated by ghosts (and, I suspect, the Special Effects techs) on TV shows. I have had some experiences that I can't explain and don't really want to. But as I toured this ghost town on the way to the long closed Vulture Gold Mine I was drawn to the old building where gold and silver had been held before shipping. I couldn't stop staring. The guide noticed and suggested that I stay there and catch up later.

After a bit of daydreaming, I began to hear iron furniture scraping across an upper floor and faint music from the same place. The guide had said that the building was sealed to everyone, including employees.

I didn't speak to the guide but as I left he nodded to me and said "yes". Yes, indeed.

7. The Jail Tree

45 N Tegner St, Next to the Circle K Store, Wickenburg, AZ 85390-1454
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

The Jail Tree

Reviewed By ManitouExpert - Manitou Springs, Colorado

I think that The Jail Tree was more effective in discouraging crime than modern day methods. Chaining a person to a tree certainly was severe punishment and a warning to anyone considering a life of crime.

8. Mare Island Horse Traders Antiques

28 N Tegner St, Wickenburg, AZ 85390-1453 +1 707-624-9788
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 2 reviews

Mare Island Horse Traders Antiques

Reviewed By TwoKayakers - New York City, New York

We were in Wickenburg for a few days so we took the opportunity to explore the town and it's antique shops. Mare Island Horse Traders was by far the best shop in the area and I would recommend a visit if you like antiquing.

9. Vulture Mine Tours

36610 N 355th Ave, Wickenburg, AZ 85390-2092
Excellent
36%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
12%
Terrible
24%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 25 reviews

Vulture Mine Tours

Reviewed By YakCat - Carlsbad, CA

Be aware this is NOT a tour of the mine or any of the current mining operations--you're going to meander through the dirt, attempting to glean any bit of significant information while trying to avoid the distraction of fidgety, noisy kids, bored out of their minds. If you foolishly decide to ignore the reviews and head out to the mine, just take a moment before you pay the mandatory $10 "donation" and look around at the rusted bits and pieces of machinery scattered around the parking area. That's the focus of the tour. The few buildings of the "ghost town" are closed to the public, so you won't be going in them, or even getting close enough to peek in the windows. There seems to be no limit to the group size, so be prepared to shuffle though the dirt, amid a group of 40 or more, jockeying for a position in order to see and hear what is being said. Our guide was a crusty old gal named Joyce, in costume for the occasion, but sadly lacking factual information about the history of Vulture Mine and the surrounding community.

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