The Wickenburg Way

The people of Wickenburg choose this community not just as a place to live but also as a way of life.

A smiling welcome is in every greeting. Friendliness and the warm spirit of good neighborliness are as evident in Wickenburg as is the inexhaustible supply of sunshine that bathes the region. A visitor meets it at every turn, whether his mission leads him to business contacts with townspeople or to the ranches, where the most hospitable hosts in the world bid welcome.

Western hospitality is no catchpenny phrase here. As befits this truly welcoming town, hospitality and friendliness are a charming part of the town’s personality, as genuine and as real as the surrounding hills.

Wickenburg is a town where visitors are warmly welcomed whether the stay is an hour, month or season. It doesn’t matter where a person is from or who they are — the important thing is that they’re here.

Wickenburg’s Winter is Full of Sunshine

Wickenburg, Arizona, owes its perfect setting to a generous and bountiful Mother Nature. The town, with all the charming features of a typical Western community, nestles in the rich verdure of the Hassayampa River Valley. Surrounded by rugged mountain ranges that break the force of the winds and nourished by an unlimited supply of pure mountain water, this valley offers unique advantages.

During the winter season, the abundant sunshine, aided by gentle warm winds, makes the days delightfully temperate. The nights are crisp and so clear that the stars, moon and planets stand out against a blue-black sky. During the summer, mountain breezes from the north generously reduce the daytime temperatures and make the nights cool. The 2,100-foot altitude and clean, dry air are beneficial to those with health problems.


Welcome to Wickenburg

We invite you to take a few minutes to read through this guide and learn more about us. Please patronize the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce member businesses listed. By their membership, these individuals and businesses show their growing and continued support for the Chamber and Wickenburg.

The Chamber is committed to enhancing the town’s quality of life through numerous programs. The Chamber attempts to fulfill its mission through the efficient running of various committees, including film, education, tourism, transportation, community development, governmental affairs, ambassadors and special events.

Chamber membership has many benefits. Members gain exposure through the Chamber’s membership directory, monthly Business After Hours mixers, participation in committee activities and by attending the numerous seminars and quarterly luncheon meetings. Members are informed of Chamber activities through a monthly e-Blast, the Chamber’s Facebook page, website and our monthly newsletter—The Hassayampa Alert!

Most often, the Chamber is the first contact for visitors, new residents and businesses coming into the area. Through public relations, the Chamber works closely with the town of Wickenburg, hospitality members and regional and state tourism agencies to provide valuable information.

We respond to thousands of telephone calls, letters, email inquiries and walk-in visitors who want relocation and tourism information. Membership in the Chamber offers an opportunity to be part of an organization dedicated to promoting growth and creating an economically sound future for Wickenburg — a great place to live, work and play! The Chamber — the Voice of Business since 1931!

What is a chamber?
We are an economic development engine, the voice of business in our community, serving as an advocate for business owners and working every day to make our community a better place to live, work and play.

The Wickenburg Chamber Brand Purpose
The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce Exists to Be
The Catalyst for Business Growth
The Convener for Leaders and Influencers
And The Champion for Stronger Communities!

Chamber Leadership

President
Brenda Hershkowitz
Premiere Tax and Accounting Services

President-Elect
Brent McKeever
McKeever’s ACE Hardware

Secretary
Jessie Solper
The Dumpster Diva

Treasurer
Rachel Willis
WUSD, Wickenburg High School

Past President
Ben Root
Western Laundry Unlimited

Board of Directors

Geri Fair
Desert Cypress Mobile Home & RV Park

David Stander
Edward Jones

Sandy Beach Kester
The Twisted Dogwood/WAG

Ex-Officio

Councilman
Kelly Blunt
Town of Wickenburg

Staff

Julia Brooks
Executive Director

Mike Wallace
Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Brink
Office Coordinator

Chairman’s Circle

Anita’s Cocina
Arizona Public Service
Badowski & White, CPA
Best Western Rancho
Grande
Castle Hot Springs
Core Construction
Cox Communications
Crescent Crown Distributing
Desert Cypress Mobile
Home/RV Park
Edward Jones
Flying E Ranch
Jones Auto Center
M3 Companies
My Father’s Retirement Ranch
NRS – Wickenburg
Premiere Tax and Accounting Services
Rancho de los Caballeros
Real Country 96.3
Rovey Farming
The Wickenburg Sun
Trilogy
UMB Bank
Western Laundry Unlimited
Wickenburg Community Hospital
Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club


Unique Annual Events

February

Gold Rush Days and  Senior Pro Rodeo

This award-winning annual event, 71 years old, is a celebration of Wickenburg’s ranching and mining heritage. For three action-filled days (February 8-10, 2019), thousands of visitors and participants enjoy the multitude of activities that make up this Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce–sponsored event.

Festivities begin with a shootout on Frontier Street that kicks off a wild, rootin’-tootin’ Western weekend. Spectators line the streets on Saturday as one of the largest parades in Arizona passes by. Cowboys from all over the country gather Saturday and Sunday afternoon to participate in the senior pro rodeo.

In front of the Wickenburg Community Center and around Stone Park, families can enjoy a carnival, food booths, barbecue, artisan fair and much more. More activities and the free entertainment stage take place around the festival grounds.

A tradition as old as the town, unique mining contests are enjoyable to watch and educational as well. See gold panning, a mucking and drilling contest and other activities relating to the gold fever that once gripped the town.

Music, dancing, a real old-fashioned melodrama, horses, floats and food — they’re all a part of Wickenburg’s most action-packed weekend of the year. Visitors from all over the world mix and mingle with cowboys and garter girls.

The Arizona Centennial Commission recognized this occasion two years consecutively as a signature event. The Arizona Office of Tourism named it the Best Rural Event in 2009, and previously, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., recognized the celebration as one of the 100 Living Legacies in the U.S. This true Old West celebration demonstrates what true hospitality is all about Out Wickenburg Way!

March

Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West

Each year, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum sponsors this exhibition. Established 13 years ago, this event highlighting Western female artists has become one of the most important sale and show in the country. westernmuseum.org

April

Desert Caballeros Ride

This weeklong ride attracts cowboys from all over the world and from all walks of life. This breathtaking adventure has been a Wickenburg tradition for over 72 years.
July

Independence Celebration

Staged on the Fourth of July, festivities include spectacular fireworks, as well as fun and games for the whole family at Sunset Park.

September

Fiesta de Septiembre

For 30 years, on the first Saturday of the month, the town celebrates its Hispanic heritage enjoying folklorico dancers, mariachi music, a salsa-making contest, an arts and crafts “mercado,” a Hispanic family photo exhibit, a kids’ “zona,” margarita, salsa, and guacamole contests and a tasty food fair. “Wickenburg Hispanic Pioneers: Nuestras Memorias,” a book about Wickenburg’s Hispanic pioneer families, is available at the Chamber office. (September 1, 2018)

October

Wickenburg Fly-In & Classic Car Show

Staged the second Saturday in October at the scenic Wickenburg Airport, this event features airplanes from all over the Southwest, information booths and a display of classic cars. (October 13, 2018)

November

Bluegrass Festival

For 39 years, this three-day event on the second full weekend of the month has featured the Four Corner States’ championship contests for fiddle, flat-pick guitar, banjo and mandolin. Three nationally known bluegrass bands perform throughout the weekend. The event draws thousands of spectators from across the Southwest. (November 9-11, 2018)

December

Christmas Light Parade

For over 23 years, parade entries covered with colorful lights have made their way through the streets of the historic downtown, starting at 6:30 p.m. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the parade grand marshals meet with children after the procession at the historic Little Red Schoolhouse for hot cocoa, carols, and cookies. Bring Christmas home from Wickenburg! (Dec. 14, 2018)

Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering

For 30 years, cowboy poets have visited Wickenburg the first weekend in December with offerings of poems, songs, and stories relating to ranching and Western heritage. Evening performances are scheduled only on Friday and Saturday. (December 7-8, 2018)

Photo courtesy of Rockin U Photography


Fun-Filled Things to See and Do

When was the last time you were someplace where you wanted to be outside all the time? That’s what a visit to Wickenburg is all about. Surrounded by scenic high Sonoran desert and mountains, it pulls us out into the beauty and the solitude of the Hassayampa Valley.

We hike trails lined with wildflowers, ride horses and then hop in a Jeep to experience natural trails and historic places. We can fish nearby lakes, participate or watch team roping at local arenas, ride a mountain bike, take a stroll around our historic downtown or sit and wait for the sunset, just as long as we can stay outdoors a little longer. We disconnect from the grid and reconnect with each other and have since 1863!
www.VisitWickenburg.com

Desert Caballeros Western Museum

No visit to Wickenburg would be complete without a tour of “Arizona’s Most Western Museum.” Home to more than 400 works of Western art, including sculptures by famous artists Frederick Remington and Charles Russell. This 55-year-old museum is also known as one of Arizona’s finest. Visitors call it a jewel and invariably say they are amazed to find it so full of unexpected treasures.

Stop by and discover a room that tells history in miniature, along with an entire turn-of-the-century Wickenburg Street complete with a saloon and a general store. There’s an “Out on the Ranch” exhibit created for children of all ages! Adjacent to the museum, a lovely park is dedicated to the volunteers who keep the museum running. Be sure to take a look at the cowboy and his horse on the corner. “Thanks for the Rain” — by the late founder of the Cowboy Artists of America, Joe Beeler — is one of the most recognizable life-size bronze statues in Arizona. The Cultural Crossroads Learning Center adjacent to the museum has additional exhibits to enjoy. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; and closed Mondays, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Vulture CIty

This historic city offers a glimpse of what life was like mining for gold 100 to 150 years ago.

Many buildings have been restored using rubble remains and adobe brick made on-site with materials and processes that were used in the 19th century.

Guided tours ($15 per person, cash only) are available Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Self-guided tours ($10 per person, cash only) are available starting at 11:00 Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9:00 a.m., Monday thru Friday. Children 6 and under are free.

At the intersection of Highway 60/93 in Wickenburg, travel west on Highway 60/Wickenburg Way for 2.5 miles to Vulture Mine Road, then travel south 12 miles to the mine entrance, which is half a mile after milepost 15. Call the Chamber for updates. Summer hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No guided tours.

Vulture Peak

From Highway 60, head west to Vulture Mine Road and turn south; drive 6.4 miles to the signed trailhead turnoffs and turn left; drive 0.4 mile to the trailhead. A Chamber-produced hiking guide details parking and trail information for Vulture Peak and other hiking destinations. The Chamber gives a certificate upon completion of the hike.

Yarnell Shrine of St. Joseph

Located in the little town of Yarnell, the shrine contains statues and plaques following the Stations of the Cross. Once in downtown Yarnell, watch for signs off of Highway 89.

Historical Walking Tour

The Chamber has developed a self-guided, four-color brochure pairing historic town buildings with a map of their locations. Listen to a narrated history on Wickenburg while walking around to view six character bronze sculptures, murals, and others located throughout downtown. The guide is also available to download on smart phones.

Joshua Forest parkway

One of the largest remaining Joshua tree stands is found 30 miles northwest of Wickenburg on Highway 93. Springtime provides visitors with a breathtaking sight when the trees are in bloom.

Hassayampa River

An Apache word, Hassayampa roughly translates as “river that runs upside down,” a name attributed to the fact that its waters occasionally run underground.

A Bird Watcher’s Paradise

Wickenburg is home to the Hassayampa River Preserve, first created by the Nature Conservancy and now managed by Maricopa County Parks, which stretches for 5 miles along the Hassayampa River. The upper Hassayampa River is known as the northern riparian or Box Canyon. Both locations are excellent for birding, experts have recorded more than 290 species. Sought-after species include red-shouldered hawks, yellow-billed cuckoos and vermilion flycatchers.

Wickenburg also boasts likely the largest concentration of migrating turkey vultures in the state each fall and spring, with hundreds roosting in tall trees around town, such as near the Hassayampa River Walk pedestrian bridge (where you can also witness thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats emerging at sunset each evening in late summer and early fall. A wide variety of bird species can be observed year-round along the river corridor, so be sure to bring some binoculars and enjoy birding Out Wickenburg Way.

Frontier Street

Buildings dating back to the early 1900s line this historic street, including the restored 1895 Santa Fe Depot, the Chamber offices and official Arizona Visitor’s Center. Adjacent is the restored Drover Caboose and #761 A.T.&S.F. Locomotive, open on Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2p.m., October through Mother’s Day and closed during the summer. Nearby, the Wickenburg Veteran’s Memorial, built by American Legion Post 12, is a place for reflection and honoring area veterans. The marble and stone memorial is located on the American Legion’s property facing the Chamber building and Frontier Street.

Wickenburg Memorial

Located just off Howard Court, this is the gravesite of town founder Henry Wickenburg, who died in 1905. Visitors can park near the Chamber on Frontier Street and walk to the memorial about four blocks away. The memorial is adjacent to the Wickenburg-Boetto House.

Performing Arts Center

The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts schedules a wide variety of performances in the intimate, 600-seat venue from November to April every year. World-class artists bring fresh new shows to the stage for locals and visitors alike.

The Webb Center features diverse genres, including dance productions; theatrical performances; as well as bluegrass, country, classical, jazz and folk music. Patrons of the Webb Center can look forward to performances in the 2018-19 Season by Tracy Byrd, Ben and Noel Haggard, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and Daily & Vincent, to name a few.

The Webb Center also produces a one-of-a-kind summer arts camp, Camp Imagination, for first through twelfth grade students each June.

For a complete schedule of performances and events visit www.dewpac.org or call the Box Office at 928-684-6624. The Box Office is located at 2001 W. Wickenburg Way; the Theatre is located at 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road.

Library, Community Center, and More

The Wickenburg Public Library & Learning Center, Stone Park, and the Wickenburg Community Center are located west of the river on Apache Street. Coffinger Park and Ramada, the municipal swimming pool, tennis courts and a Skate Park are north of Sols Wash Bridge off Tegner and Swilling streets.

Hassayampa River Walk at Wishing Well Park – Legend of the Hassayampa

In the late 1800s, Wickenburg, Arizona, was a Wild West boomtown reveling in silver, copper, and gold glory holes. Its residents, perhaps in excess enthusiasm, exaggerated the potential of wealth in the area to the point that it became common in the West to call any teller of tall tales a Hassayamper, in honor of the Hassayampa River which flows through the area—that is when it flows, as it is usually bone dry!

The humor of the connection between the unique dry river and the tall tales told by those who resided near its banks inspired visitor Andrew Downing to write his famous “Legend of the Hassayampa.”

As Downing wrote, “There is a legend centuries old, by the early Spaniards told, of a sparkling stream that ‘lies’ under Arizona skies. Hassayampa is its name, and the title to its fame, is a wondrous quality known today from sea to sea. Those who drink its waters bright, red man, white man, boor or knight, girls or women, boys or men, never tell the truth again!”

The powers of the river have gone unchallenged for more than 150 years, and the spirit of old Downing has been served well by the residents of Wickenburg. In keeping with his sense of humor, and in an effort to maintain the legend, the town has erected “No Fishing From Bridge” signs on the pedestrian bridge that spans the dry river.

When you visit Wickenburg, stop at the Wishing Well near the river, drink of the Hassayampa, and you too will become a Hassayamper. The Hassayampa River Walk pedestrian bridge is located next to the new Wickenburg By-Pass and is another location for many annual activities and events.

Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse

Located three blocks north of Wickenburg Way on Tegner Street, the historic 1905 Little Red Schoolhouse was the first brick schoolhouse in town. Yngacio Garcia donated the land for to the school district. Wickenburg Children’s Cultural Organization is now housed in the building. The group conducts special activities throughout the year and welcome visitors. Call to learn more about days and time the schoolhouse is open.

Granite Mountain HOTSHOTS Memorial Park

From the trailhead, this 2.85 mile path through the Weaver Mountains leads you up to the Observation Deck. Based on their rank and tool order, 19 granite plaques set into rocks share a photo and a story of each fallen Hotshot with a message from the family. Additional interpretive signs provide information about wildland firefighting and benches allow you to rest and appreciate the beauty of the area. 30 min. north of Wickenburg take Highway 89 to Yarnell, turn right a the park entrance.
www.AZSTATEPARKS/com/hotshots

Jail Tree

More than 200 years old, this mesquite tree located at Tegner and Wickenburg Way, once served as the town jail. A bronze sculpture sits next to the tree. A pedestrian-friendly walkway takes visitors through the next block into the town’s historic district. The mesquite tree has been recognized as one of the Arizona Centennial Witness Trees, and in 2016, it was designated as one of Arizona’s Magnificent Trees by the State of Arizona, State Forestry Dept.

Now Playing – Another Reason to Visit Wickenburg

Enjoy a long drive at three local courses, just a short drive from Phoenix.

Los Caballeros Golf Club ­

This course is ranked in the top five in Arizona by Golf Digest, as well as one of the top 75 resort courses in the entire U.S. Serene but potentially lethal is one description of the 18-hole championship course at Rancho de los Caballeros. Call the pro shop at 928-684-2704 for tee times. Join us for lunch or cocktails after your round at Los Caballeros Grill.

Wickenburg Country Club

This 18-hole course is open to the public. Commonly referred to as a “Thinker’s” course, the course will challenge golfers of all abilities while providing beautiful views of the surrounding Sonoran desert and Bradshaw Mountains. Join us on the patio at 19th Hole Bar and Grill after your round and continue to soak in the desert vistas. Tee times may be made online at www.wickenburgcountry.com or by calling the golf shop at 928-684-2011.

Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club

Big Wick – Playing from just under 4,500 yards at the forward tees to more than 7,000 yards from the championship tees, the artfully crafted collection of six par-3’s, five par-5’s, and seven par-4’s traverse through arroyos, which offers views of Vulture Peak and the Bradshaw Mountains. Each hole is a chapter in a larger story, with varying distances, compass directions, and skill requirements woven into the experience. Tee times may be made by calling the sport shop at 928-668-5534.  Li’l Wick – The 9-hole, par-3 course plays 663 yards from the forward tees to 1,240 yards from the back tees.  Beginners to tour players alike will love the relaxed vibe, emphasized by music streamed around the course, relaxed dress code, and no tee times! At the heart of the action sits the Watering Hole, complete with nine TV’s, daily food and drink specials.
www.wickenburgranch.com

A Popular Meeting Place Since 1863

Wickenburg is rich in history and Western hospitality. The earliest inhabitants were the Apache Indians, followed by hunters, trappers, prospectors and ranchers. Seven generations have lived and worked in this town built along the legendary Hassayampa River. Hospitality and friendliness here are as genuine as the Arizona sunshine.

NEARBY LAKES

Alamo Lake State Park

Located 75 miles northwest of Wickenburg, Alamo Lake is one of the best places to fish for bass in Arizona. The Lake is located in the Bill Williams River Valley where the Big Sandy River and Santa Maria River come together. It was created with the completion of Alamo Dam in 1968. The park has good wildlife viewing opportunities, and you may spot a bald or golden eagle. 928-669-2088, AZSTATEPARKS.com

Lake Pleasant

Set on 23,362 acres, Lake Pleasant
Regional Park offers 148 sites for RV and tent camping. Each developed site has water and electricity, a dump station, covered ramada, picnic table, barbecue grill and fire rings. Each semi-developed site and tent site has a covered ramada, and picnic table, barbecue grill, and fire ring. Restroom and shower facilities are offered to both types of campsites.

Located in the Northwest Valley, and 30 miles east of Wickenburg, Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers activities, such as boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking and wildlife viewing — plus visits to the Discovery Center. Lake water levels can fluctuate throughout the year, typically reaching its highest level in the spring (March and April) and its lowest in the fall (October and November). 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road, (928) 501-1710 www.Maricopacountyparks.net


Nearby Guest Ranches

Flying E Ranch
928-684-2690 / www.flyingeranch.com / vacation@flyingeranch.com

The Flying E Ranch, 4 miles west of Wickenburg off Highway 60, is a small, personable site for those seeking a dude/cattle operation. Guests enjoy the privacy of an authentic Western setting, exquisite scenery, miles of riding trails and fabulous homestyle food. The Flying E is open from October 1 through July and is on the American Plan. Day horseback rides offered and accommodations available at summer rates. The ranch celebrated its 70th Season in 2017-2018!

Kay El Bar Ranch
928-684- 7593 / www.kayelbar.com / info@kayelbar.comm

The Kay El Bar Ranch opened in 1926, nested on the banks of the Hassayampa River, the ranch is a national and state historical site, welcomes 24 guests to authentic adobe buildings. Located 3.5 miles northwest of Wickenburg off Highway 93 and Rincon Road, this information and friendly ranch offers spectacular dining in the Sonoran Desert. Guests enjoy meals served in the hacienda-style dining room. American Plan includes meals, lodging and horseback riding. Season – December – April

Rancho de los Caballeros
928-684-5484 / www.ranchodeloscaballeros.com / info@ranchodeloscaballeros.com

Rancho de los Caballeros, celebrating its 70th season of operation in 2017, is situated among 20,000 acres of high Sonoran desert. The Gant family, the original owners and operators, ensure guests enjoy many of the same traditions and amenities that built this ranch into what it is today. Visitors have access to a string of 100 horses to explore the real West, an 18-hole championship golf course that Golf Digest rated in the top 75 in the country, tennis courts with a resident pro, trap and skeet shooting, a heated outdoor swimming pool, spa services, desert Jeep tours, cookouts, mountain biking, hot air ballooning and the outstanding Caballeros Kids program. Whether a guest staying with them or not, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a meal in the dining room, which features a poolside breakfast and lunch buffet, as well as a dinner menu with five daily specials. It is on the American Plan, reservations are requested, and is open October through Mother’s Day.

Rancho Casitas
928-684-2628 / lkoughan@gmail.com

For over 50 years, Rancho Casitas has sat atop a hill with breathtaking views. Its Spanish-influenced casitas are completely furnished with fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces and patios. It can accommodate long-term stays, and horse facilities are available. It is on the European Plan and is closed for the summer.

Castle Hot Springs
480-367-6240 / www.castlehotsprings.com

The historic resort opens October 2018. Travel down a dirt road. Watch as the steep rock walls rise around you. Turn a bend, and you have arrived. Nestled in the Bradshaw Mountains — 30 minutes east of Wickenburg, an hour north of Phoenix and a world away — is Castle Hot Springs Resort.

Carefully restored and rejuvenated with new life, Castle Hot Springs offers guests an elevated experience as unique as its location. For more than a century the springs have intrigued and enticed visitors.


Wickenburg at a Glance

Emergencies 911
Road information 511
Airport 928-684-5451 x 1564
Business License 928-684-5451 x 1518
Community Action Program Office (CAP) 928-684-7894

Churches
Many denominations serve Wickenburg. Stop by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce for a Guide to Wickenburg Churches.

Climate
Median annual temperature 66.8° F
Average annual precipitation 10.77 inches per year
Current weather/ National Weather www.weather.gov

Communications
Internet Service
CenturyLink DSL 800-244-1111 (home)
855-891-4083 (business)
Cox Communications 623-444-8714
Trucom 480-689-4000
Grand Ave. Broadband 623-640-7883

Newspapers
The Wickenburg Sun (weekly) 928-684-5454
The Shopper News (weekly) 928-684-5454
The Arizona Republic 800-332-6733

Radio
KSWG 96.3 FM 928-684-7804

Television
7 Phoenix stations
Community Center 928-668-0565

Elevation
Wickenburg 2,100 feet
Airport (6,000-foot runway) 2,382 feet

Fire 928-684-5411 x 1568
Emergency 911
Government 928-684-5451
Mayor / Town Council / Town Manager

Highway Department 928-684-2131
Incorporated June 19, 1909
Justice Court 928-668-0515
www.wickenburgtowncourt@courts.az.gov

Library 928-684-2665
Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am. to 5:00 pm. & Sat. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Internet access is available.

Livestock Inspector 800-294-0305

Location
Latitude 33°97.’ north
Longitude 112°8.’ west
Maricopa County 602-506-3011
www.maricopa.gov

Medical services
Wickenburg Community Hospital is a nonprofit organization owned and operated by citizens of Wickenburg. Established in 1926 and like the tenacious Western spirit that built Wickenburg, our community hospital and clinics are committed to world-class health and wellness services where the patient, family, and community come first. From pediatrics to geriatrics, our team of knowledgeable practitioners provides health care for the entire family.

We promise to:

  • Serve all patients
  • Offer discounted fees for patients who qualify
  • Not deny services based on a person’s race,
    color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, or sexual orientation
  • Accept contracted insurance plans, including Medicare and AHCCCS

Wickenburg Community Hospital is a federally designated Critical Access Hospital and a state-designated Level IV Trauma Center that supports the needs of residents and surrounding communities. Our campus also includes a surgical and diagnostic center, rehabilitation center, infusion center, wound care center, specialized emergency medicine, advanced life-saving technology, critical cardiac care, Mayo Clinic tele stroke partner, acute care, laboratory, medical imaging, reparatory therapy, pharmacy, internal medicine, family medicine, sports medicine, allergy program, interventional pain management program, venous insufficiency program, and more.

Snap Fitness is a nationwide 24 hour gym and fitness center with cardio, strength and fitness plans at affordable prices to get your fit and feeling great. Located at 340 W. Wickenburg Way – 928-232-4200.

Private practices are available in a variety of specialties throughout the community. See the complete listings in the membership directory of this publication under physicians, doctors, dentists, health care services, and other related fields.

Life Line Ambulance
800-418-5523
www.lifelineaz.com

Staffed by paramedics and EMTs, it is supplemented by helicopter service from PHI in Wickenburg, which transfers critically ill and injured patients.

Air Evac Services –
Air TransportFor assistance, dial 911
For helicopter transport subscription
membership1-888-435-9744
www.phimedical.com

Marriage License 928-668-0533

Motor Vehicle Division
Driver’s licenses 800-251-5866

Museum
Desert Caballeros Western Museum 928-684-2272

Parks & Recreation
928-684-5451 x 1552

Passport information – schedule appointment
U.S. Postal Service usps.com 928-684-2138

Pet Licenses/Clinics/Boarding
Maricopa County Animal Control 602-506-7387
Hassayampa Veterinary Services 928-684-3070
Humane Society of Wickenburg 928-684-8801

Planning and Building
928-668-0512

Police/Sheriff

Maricopa County
Sheriff 928-684-3152/928-684-5411

Yavapai County Sheriff 928-771-32600
Wickenburg Police Dept. 928-684-5411

Poison Control
800-222-1222

Population 10,000 (town/county) 30,000 (regional)

Public pool
928-684-5451
Open Memorial Day through the end of August

Public safety
Residents enjoy excellent law enforcement services by officers from the Wickenburg Police Department, Maricopa County, and Yavapai County sheriff’s departments, as well as the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The Town of Wickenburg and Fire Department provide fire protection by a team of dedicated employees.

Road conditions
ADOT 888-411-7623 or dial 511
www.AZ511.gov
ADOT Adopt-a-Highway Program 602-506-8600

Schools

Wickenburg Unified School District No. 9 is located in northwest Maricopa County, north of metropolitan Phoenix. The district has an enrollment of 1,550 students and employs approximately 100 certified and 80 classified employees.

Rapid student growth is anticipated as Phoenix West Valley housing developments are beginning to expand throughout the southern boundaries of the 916-square-mile district.

Schools in the district are configured as follows: Festival Foothills Elementary School, pre-K–8th grade (located in Buckeye, Arizona); Hassayampa Elementary School, Pre-K–5th grade; Vulture Peak Middle School, grades 6-8; and Wickenburg High School, grades 9-12. Wickenburg Virtual Academy is located on our high school campus, offering a state and nationally recognized digital learning program for grades K-12. Wickenburg High School also offers industry level technical training provided by WestMEC and Move on When Ready – Grand Canyon Diploma. WUSD collaborates with the Del E.Webb Center for the Performing Arts (located on the WHS campus) offering arts programming to grades K-12.

Our Vision: Every child has HOPE

Every student is a GRADUATE

Every graduate has a DREAM

Visit www.wickenburgschools.org or call
928-668-5350 for additional information.

Wickenburg Christian Academy (WCA)
was established in 1983 to offer Christ-centered instruction designed to develop thoughtful, articulate, and well-rounded students. WCA’s Legacy High School program cultivates a Biblical worldview with a core program that integrates history, literature, and theology, along with Latin, apologetics, rhetoric, and logic.

This highly acclaimed program is available both on the campus of WCA and by live webcast, either full time or a la carte. Extracurricular activities include student council, volleyball, basketball, cross country, archery, community service and swim team. A student who earns a diploma from Legacy High School is ready for life—whether it is college, work, family, or a totally different kind of adventure!

The “Little Learners” preschool at WCA is designed to partner with parents to establish the foundation for children’s spiritual, social, physical, and cognitive development, starting at three years old. Half-day and full-day options are available Monday through Thursday. Classes provide structured activities to prepare students for kindergarten, teaching the Bible verses, songs, letters, colors, numbers, shapes, writing fundamentals, and more. Preschool applications are accepted year-round, based on availability.

WCA is an independent, nondenominational 501(c) iii ministry. Find us on Facebook. To learn more, call 928-684-5916 or visit www.WickenburgChristianAcademy.org.

Senior services
Meal on Wheels 928-684-7894 x103
Senior Citizen’s Center
(CAP office) 928-684-7894
Size 25 square miles
Slogan Out Wickenburg Way

Taxes
Town of Wickenburg 928-684-5451
www.wickenburgaz.org

Maricopa County 602-506-3406
Info Line 800-540-5570
www.treasurer.maricopa.gov

State of Arizona

Income 602-255-3381
Business
Bed tax – Local 3.00%

Maricopa County Transient
Lodging 7.27%

Yavapai County Transient Lodging 6.325%

Sales taxes
Local 2.20% 3.00%
Single item purchases – 1.69% if item is more than $5,000
State & Maricopa County Tax 6.30%
Local Tax 2.20% = 8.50%
State & Yavapai County 6.35%
Local Tax 2.20% = 8.55%
Property tax .5270 currently

In Arizona, residential property taxes are based on the assessed value divided by 100, then multiplied by the tax rate, which is set in August of the tax year. The assessment ratio is 10 percent of the full-cash value (or market value). For example, if a home has a full-cash value of $250,000, the property tax would be based on the assessed value of $25,000. Tax rates are determined by the sum of the county, city, community college, school and special district rates. Call 602-506-3877 for information (you will need the parcel identification number).

Town Manager 928-684-5451
Town Clerk 928-668-0517

Utilities

Electricity
Arizona Public Service 928-684-5473
Town of Wickenburg 928-684-5451 x 1556

Garbage and trash
Town of Wickenburg limits
Public Works 928-684-2761
Maricopa and Yavapai County
CR&R Sanitation 928-684-0303

Natural gas
Southwest Gas 877-860-6020

Propane
Fast Mart LLC 928-684-3333
Flame Propane 928-427-3317
Horspitality RV Park 928-684-3317
Tractor Supply 928-684-8737
Vern Lewis Propane 928-684-1003
Yavapai Bottle Gas 928-776-90077

Telephone

CenturyLink
Residential 800-244-1111
Repair 800-573-1311
Business 800-603-6000
Repair 800-954-1211
Developers / builders 800-526-3557
Special needs, TTY 800-244-1111
Directory assistance 411
Buried cable location 800-782-5348
Verizon Wireless 928-415-0216
Water, sewer, electricity (town limits)
Wickenburg Town Hall 928-684-5451

Voting information elections@mail.sosaz.com

Voter Registration
Hotline 877-843-8683 800-458-5842

To be eligible to vote in Arizona, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old on or before the date of the next general election, a resident of Arizona for 29 days preceding the election, able to write your name or make your mark, not be convicted of a felony or treason (unless restored to civil rights), and not adjudicated an incapacitated person (see Arizona Revised Statutes Title 14-5101).

Yavapai County 800-771-2797
www.yavapai.az.us
The county line is one mile north of downtown. Wickenburg Ranch is in the town limits and in Yavapai County.

ZIP codes
Post office boxes 85358
Residences and businesses 85390


Experience the Old West

Wickenburg fills an illustrious chapter in the history of Arizona and the West. Though only 55 miles from the hustle and bustle of modern Phoenix, the state’s most Western community hearkens back to a different time and place. Nature graced Wickenburg with a gentle magic. Resting on the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert, just below Arizona’s mountainous country, the Wickenburg area abounds in natural beauty. Palo Verde, cacti, creosote bushes and mesquite trees carpet the desert floor, yet a short trip up Highway 89 to the top of Yarnell Hill brings manzanita, chaparral, oak and pine. Likewise, the resources are equally diverse. While the area’s geological treasures attracted miners from around the world, the Hassayampa River flood plain provided fertile soil for farming and ranching. Farther downstream, a perennial water flow forced to the surface by bedrock turns the Hassayampa into an oasis in the desert.

For centuries, the Western Yavapai (or Tolkapaya as they called themselves) made the banks of this oasis their home, irrigating their crops of corn, beans, squash, and tobacco with river water. They named this place Haseyamo—meaning “following the water as far as it goes” — from which the word Hassayampa derived.

Though within the claimed territories of both the Spanish empire and the Mexican Republic, neither ever extended its authority this far north. However, Hispanic culture and trade did reach the Yavapai, who were nicknamed the Cruzados because they wore their unusually long bangs in what the Spanish thought was the shape of a cross.

In the early 1820s, stalwart hunters and trappers explored the Hassayampa River in search of beavers whose pelts were sold to hatmakers back east and in Europe. The Wickenburg area and much of the West became part of the U.S. following the Mexican American War in 1848.

An 1862 gold strike on the Colorado River near present-day Yuma inspired hardy prospectors and miners, predominantly from California and Mexico, to search for minerals throughout central Arizona. The names of these argonauts now grace many of the surrounding geographic landmarks, including the Weaver Mountains and Peeples Valley.

Among the gold searchers was the adventurer Henry Wickenburg. He came from far-off lands, lured by the dream of abundant gold. His quest was rewarded by the discovery of the Vulture Mine, where more than $30 million in gold has been dug from the ground. Throughout the foothills around Wickenburg are relics of other mines that stand as a tribute to pioneer miners and prospectors. The mining lore of the region, past and present, adds much to the charm of the area.

Ranchers and farmers who built homes along the fertile flood plain of the Hassayampa River accompanied the miners. Many of these settlers came from Sonora, Mexico, giving this area the distinction of being the northern edge of the Hispanic ranching frontier. Together with Henry Wickenburg and the miners, they helped found the community of Wickenburg in 1863.

The infant town went through many trials and tribulations in those first decades, surviving Indian wars, mine closures, desperadoes, drought, and a disastrous flood in 1890, when the Walnut Creek Dam burst, killing nearly 70. Through it all, the town continued to grow. Its prosperity was ensured with the coming of the railroad in 1895. The historic depot still stands today and houses the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. Along the town’s main street, thriving businesses still grace Wickenburg’s downtown area.

The abundant clean air and wide-open spaces attracted a new and exciting aspect to the Wickenburg neighborhood. Guest ranches offered a unique Western experience to tourists who fell in love with the West. The Bar FX Ranch became the first true guest ranch in 1923, followed by the Kay El Bar, Remuda, Rancho de los Caballeros, Flying E, and Rancho Casitas ranches, just to mention a few. The construction of the Phoenix-to-Los Angeles highway (U.S. Route 60) brought even more tourists, making Wickenburg the “Dude Ranch Capital of Arizona.” Today, some of these ranches still offer their unique brand of Western hospitality.

The Hassayampa community became a vital contributor to America’s patriotic war effort during World War II, when the U.S. Army trained thousands of men to fly gliders at a newly constructed airfield west of Wickenburg. After the war, modern pioneers and homebuilders developed Wickenburg into a splendid American community. The Wickenburg of today is a modern town with more than 600 businesses, providing a full range of services, shopping conveniences, and specialty shops, as well as galleries for gifts of Western distinction.

The Western ambiance continues to thrive. The town has cherished the best traditions of its colorful early days. Through annual events such as Gold Rush Days and the famous Desert Caballeros Ride, organizations such as the Chamber, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, and Desert Caballeros, and the determination and hard work of its citizens, Wickenburg is committed to preserving the best traditions of the Old West. Come discover Wickenburg’s historic downtown! Discover the Jail Tree, where townspeople chained lawbreakers in the old days. Discover the natural beauty and the legend of the Hassayampa River.

Parks

Places to play and enjoy outdoor activities include the following throughout the town of Wickenburg.

Coffinger Park is located off of U.S. Highway 93 (Tegner St.) at Swilling Street. The municipal pool is open Memorial Day through August. A skate park, lighted tennis courts, a softball field, Ramada and recreation building available for rent, a shaded grassy area with picnic tables and water fountains are available.

Stone Park is located between Yavapai St. and Apache St. off of Tegner St. (U.S. Highway 93) in the historic district between the Wickenburg Municipal Complex and Wickenburg Public Library. Amenities include picnic tables, shade trees, and an enjoyable setting in historic downtown.

McGuire Park is located off of West Wickenburg Way, south on Kellis Road and right off of America St. This small neighborhood park features a Ramada, basketball hoops, playground equipment, water fountain and restrooms.

Wishing Well Park is located on the south side of U.S. highways 93 and 60 and Kerkes St. This small park features a historic wishing well, Hassayampa Legend information and a picnic table. The Hassayampa Riverwalk pedestrian and bicycle bridge allows for easy access across the Hassayampa River.

Sunset Park is located west of downtown on U.S. Highway 60, West Wickenburg Way near the airport. It is a multiuse facility, with soccer and baseball fields, lighted pickleball and basketball courts, Splash Pad, restrooms and beautiful views of surrounding mountains. A multipurpose path on the north side of the highway, starting at Yucca Drive, connects to the park.

Boetto Park is located south on Washington Street. Meander around this small park surrounded by mesquite trees, where the walking path gives everyone a good workout. Along the way, read about local history.

Constellation Park – Dry camping and self-contained RV spaces are available for $8 per night, 920 Constellation Road, across from the Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds, 935 Constellation Road.

Hassayampa River Preserve – An Oasis in the Desert

The Hassayampa River Preserve encompasses over 70,000 acres of one of the best remaining examples of a rare forest types in North America – the Freemont Cottonwood-Goodding’s Willow riparian forest.

This forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the endangered ‘southwestern’ will flycatcher, and the rare (to Arizona) red-shouldered hawk. This riparian habitat and the wildlife it supports thrive within the Preserve because of the presence of water in the perennially flowing Hassayampa River and spring-fed Palm Lake. Historic California fan palms planted around the old ranch buildings also provide shelter and food to a plethora of wildlife. The bird feeders and native wildflower garden at the nature center offer fantastic opportunities to watch colorful hummingbirds and butterflies. While hiking our 3 miles of trails, you might also see gray foxes, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Nearly 30 dragonfly species have been found at the preserve so far.

Because of these important water sources, humans have occupied this site for at least 2,000 years.  In the mid-1860’s, the four-room adobe core of the current Nature Center was built and served as a stagecoach way station. Later in the early 1900’s, new owners made additions to the ranch house to create the first “dude ranch” in the area, one of the enterprises that Wickenburg became best known for. The Nature Conservancy purchased the property in 1986 to protect these rare ecological and cultural resources present.

In 2017, the conservancy donated the property as a conservation easement to Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Department to manage and add to the proposed Vulture Mountains Recreation Area adjacent to the preserve’s western boundary and south of the town of Wickenburg. Altogether, this area will encompass about 71,000 acres and provide local residents and visitors with many recreational opportunities, while also conserving the unique natural and cultural resources of the area for future generations.

The Hassayampa River Preserve is located on U.S. Highway 60, 3 miles southeast of Wickenburg near mile marker 114.  The preserve is currently open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday), with winter hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from mid-October to mid-May and summer hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. from mid-May to mid-October. Admission is $5 per adult (ages 13 and up), children 12 and under are free.  Maricopa County Parks annual passes are honored here. For more information on the preserve and to see a list of upcoming ranger and docent-led programs, please call the Preserve Nature Center at 928-684-2772, or visit our website at www.maricopacountyparks.net. Follow on Facebook at facebook.com/Hassayampa.

For up-to-date information on area trails and other outdoor adventures, call or stop by the Wickenburg Chamber Office, a chamber produced book, “Wickenburg Adventures” backcountry guidebook, may also be purchased to help you navigate the beautiful surrounds.


Out Wickenburg Way

Howdy! Bienvenidos! Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!

Our Old West ambiance will take you through the passage of time. The historic district has unique shopping and dining experiences and offers you glimpses of Wickenburg as it looked at the beginning of the 1900s.

Many local businesses feature specialty and personal gifts and shopping services, Western wear, apparel and tack, antique stores, furniture and gifts, jewelry, art galleries, Southwestern items, Native American jewelry and crafts, women’s apparel, and home interior designers who can create your own sense of style.

Take a walk around the historic district to experience Wickenburg’s true Western hospitality.

Stop for refreshments or a bite to eat at one of our local establishments in town, where you can find treats such as sweet fruit smoothies, café mocha or espresso, delicious pastries, burgers, homemade ice cream, yummy sandwiches, steaks, chops, hamburgers, seafood, and American, Chinese, Mexican, and Italian cuisine. And, of course, all of the brand name fast-food restaurants you might crave. Leaving the historic district, travel west along Wickenburg Way for more shopping and dining pleasures and you will find that many other exciting attractions await you.

Take an adventure back in time while exploring the area’s attractions. Visit the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, featuring Native American and 19th-century decorative arts, as well as 19th- and 20th-century Western American paintings and sculptures, including many Remington’s and Russell’s. Period rooms give you glimpses of the early 1900s and of what Wickenburg was, including an exhibit of living out on the ranch!

Other outdoor adventures include Jeep and ATV tours, ghost tours, hiking, horseback riding, and team roping, or schedule a time to hit golf balls at Los Caballeros Golf Club, Wickenburg Ranch Golf Club, and the Wickenburg Country Club.

To get your bearings in Wickenburg, it’s helpful to make a stop at the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, housed in the restored 122-year-old Santa Fe Depot on Frontier Street. You’ll find pleasant and helpful employees who will answer your questions, assist you with dining reservations, and provide you with information on local attractions and business services. The Chamber has a calendar of events, along with other seasonal activity information and contacts, to make your stay the best possible. Visit us online, 24/7 at www.wickenburgchamber.com and www.VisitWickenburg.com or
on Facebook!