Arts & Culture:
Desert Caballeros Western Museum – Celebrating its 55th year, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history and art of Arizona and the west. It takes pride in being one of the best small museums in Arizona. The permanent collection includes Native American Indian and 19th-century decorative arts, as well as late 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century Western American paintings and sculpture. The Museum’s public programming includes exhibitions, lectures, workshops, art classes and tours. Admission charged.
The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg schedules a wide variety of performances in the intimate, 600-seat venue. The Webb Center features diverse genres, including: country, bluegrass, classical, folk music, dance, comedy, and a new “Family Fun Series.”
All tickets for the 2018-2019 Season are now available for purchase. Call the Webb Center’s Box Office at (928)684-6624 to reserve seats or visit www.dewpac.org for a full schedule of events, artist information, and to watch video previews.
Nature Conservancy – Hassayampa River Preserve
A special piece of Arizona’s natural environment is being protected and restored at the Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg.
For most of its 100-mile course through the desert, the Hassayampa River flows only underground. But within the preserve, its crystal clear waters emerge, flowing above ground throughout the year. The lush streamside habitat of the Hassayampa is home to some of the desert’s most spectacular wildlife.
Yet many of them have become dangerously imperiled as riparian areas have disappeared from the Arizona landscape. Spring-fed Palm Lake is a unique four-acre pond and marsh habitat. The marshy pond habitat attracts an impressive array of water birds such as the great blue heron, white-faced ibis, and pied-billed grebe. The large willows around the lake provide important nesting habitat for the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher.
From mid-September to mid-May, the preserve is open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday) from 8am – 5pm. During the summer, the preserve is open Friday through Sunday from 7 AM to 11 AM. The preserve is closed on major holidays. $5 donation is requested. Call (928) 684-2772 for information on programming, or visit http://www.nature.org/hassayampa.
Vulture City Tour Information
Self-Guided Tours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Guided Tours*: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 AM Sharp.
$15 per person, cash or charge. Children under 6 are free**.
Please bring drinking water! See you soon.
Driving directions to Vulture Mine:
From the intersection of US 60 (Wickenburg Way) and Vulture Mine Road in the town of Wickenburg, turn South onto Vulture Mine Road (near the Safeway Shopping Center) and travel 12 miles to the mine entrance on the North (right) side of the Vulture Mine Road. The entrance is ½ mile after mile marker 15.
*Guided tours are offered from late October through April.
**Please note: an adult must accompany any child under the age of 18. In addition, if the adult accompanying the child is not a parent or legal guardian, the Parental Consent Guardianship Form (available on their website) must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. This form must be presented at the time of the tour, and the acting legal guardian must have ID that matches the name on the form.
Vulture Peak – A Chamber-produced hiking guide details parking and trail information for Vulture Peak and various other hiking destinations. Certificates are given by the Chamber upon completion of the Vulture Peak hike.
Driving directions to Vulture Peak:
From the downtown, go west on Wickenburg Way (US 60) to the stoplight by Safeway. Turn left onto Vulture Mine Road. Drive about 6 miles south to the trailhead; the entrance will be marked. Continue by driving approximately 1/2 miles on the dirt road and park near the remada.
Historical Wickenburg Adventures:
Wickenburg’s Historical Walking Tour – The Chamber has developed a self-guided brochure pairing historic town buildings with a map of their locations. Numbered copper disks on the outside of buildings correspond to numbers in the brochure. The new bronze statues are listed and pictured on the Walking Tour map.
Jail Tree - Wickenburg’s 200 Year Old Jail Tree was chosen as an Official AZ Centennial Witness Tree.
The Town received a 14×17 cast bronze plaque with the information and placed it near the tree where it can be easily viewed by the public. The Town of Wickenburg and the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce submitted information and photographs for the nomination! The bronze character sculpture sits at the base of the tree. Visitors can press a button and hear a narrated story about the tree used as our first jail.
The mesquite tree (Prosopis velutina) in Wickenburg, was selected as Arizona “Magnificent 7” Heritage Tree and will hold this status throughout 2016. The Magnificent 7 are selected from three sub-programs of Arizona’s Magnificent Trees which include: Champion Trees (largest), Heritage Trees (culturally significant), and Witness Trees (as old as Arizona Statehood: February 14, 1912). These 7 trees represent the “best of the best” throughout Arizona.
These trees received special recognition at the State Arbor Day Ceremony on April 26, 2016. The ceremony was held at the State Capitol Museum – Historic Senate Office, which also include a reading of the Governor’s Proclamation, Awards Ceremony and Tree Planting. Executive Director Julie Brooks was invited to attend and accept the recognition for our community
Dedicated to lives lost in an 1871 Apache-Mohave warrior attack, the Massacre Monument bears witness to the battle which spurred General Crook to launch the counter attack which ended Indian hostility in the area. The turnoff point is six miles west of the intersection of Vulture Mine Road on US-60. This is west of mile marker 102. The turnoff is not marked and can easily be missed.
Old 761 Santa Fe Steam Locomotive
Baldwin Locomotive #761 is a 2-8-0 “Consolidated” type. Located on Frontier Street near the Sante Fe Depot (Chamber of Commerce). Originally built in April of 1900, this engine pounded the rails between Chicago and the west.
The 1900 Series Southern Pacific Drover Caboose
The 1900 Series Southern Pacific Drover Caboose, was purchased from the State of Nevada Historical Railroad Museum in Boulder, Nevada, by The Wellik Foundation in June 2003.
Volunteers from the Nevada Historical Railroad Museum and University of Las Vegas Students working nights and weekends completed the reconditioned caboose interior and exterior. The caboose was at one time painted a bright yellow. Its interior paint is original.
Historically, “The Drover” Car was set behind the cattle car, and cowboys stayed in the caboose and managed the herd. This particular Drover Car ran the route from Montana to California.
Vi Wellik, owner of the Flying E Ranch, and principal in saving and restoring the Santa Fe Depot in 1987, felt the completion to Historic Frontier Street would be to relocate the Santa Fe Locomotive #761 & Tender and find a caboose as a final compliment. Mrs. Wellik and her late husband George have for over 45 years made generous contributions for the betterment of our community. The Wellik Foundation approved and financed the relocation expenses and purchase of the Drover Car.
The Town of Wickenburg was presented the Locomotive & Tender by The Round-Up Club/Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce in 1953, after the Santa Fe Railroad gifted it to the organization. The Wellik Foundation presented the Drover Car to the Town in October 2003. Our Drover Car is open for tour Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from November 1 through May 1. Meet our volunteer engineer Jim Basner for a complete history and the tour.
In the Area:
Joshua Forest – One of the largest remaining Joshua tree stands is found 30 miles northwest of Wickenburg. It provides springtime visitors with a breathtaking sight of trees in bloom.
Featured in Arizona Highways Scenic Roads
Yarnell Shrine of Saint Joseph – Thirty minutes from Wickenburg, the Shrine contains statues and plaques following the Stations of the Cross. Just 19 miles from 89/93 Junction.