Wickenburg is 50 miles northwest of Phoenix at an

elevation of 2,100 feet. Nestled in the foothills of the Bradshaw

Mountains, and along the banks of the Hassayampa River,

Wickenburg boasts a rich Western history that is still evident

today. The town is the oldest north of Tucson.

In 1863, Henry Wickenburg discovered the Vulture Mine which

in time became the richest gold producing mine in Arizona's history.

In the early 1900s, as the mine played out, ranching and

tourism took over as economic mainstays in the area.

Wickenburg was incorporated in 1909. Today, Wickenburg

offers a relaxing Western life style with a full range of municipal

and private sector services.

 

Traditionally, tourism, cattle ranching and agriculture have been

the main economic activities in Wickenburg.

In 1964, Wickenburg began to diversify its economic base by

developing an industrial airpark to encourage manufacturing

firms to locate in the town. Today, nine light industrial users

occupy parts of the park. Hoping to encourage more diversification,

the town has developed and sold Phase II (15 acres) of the

industrial airpark with complete curb-high infrastructure and

town services adjacent to established manufacturers.

Tourism is an important component of Wickenburg's economy.

Currently, 275 firms provide services to tourists. The combined

sectors of service and retail trade employ approximately 75 per-cent

of the total number of workers in the Wickenburg area.

 

Visitors and residents can find a wide range of activities in the

Wickenburg area. One of the most popular attractions is the

Vulture Mine, where over $30 million in gold has been dug

from the ground. A hiking guide detailing Vulture Park information,

including the grave of the German refugee who found the

Vulture Gold Mine and from whom the town gets its name,

Henry Wickenburg, is available from the Chamber of Commerce.

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum showcases an acclaimed

collection of Western art and artifacts and offers downtown visitors

a landscaped park and rest area with statuary. A walking

tour of historic buildings is also a highlight of the downtown

area.

 

The Hassayampa River Preserve provides a self-guided nature

trail along spring fed Palm Lake, and the banks of the

Hassayampa River. The preserve is home to over 220 species of

birds. Unique natural features, including the Saguaro Forest,

Joshua Tree Forest and Ocotillo Flat are nearby as is Lake

Pleasant, with swimming, boating and fishing. Other cultural

events such as theater, symphony, professional sports, can be

found in Phoenix 50 miles away.