Entertainment and Events
Saguaro Theater (176 E. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-7189) screens current films. Rodeos provide excitement at 2 p.m. each Sunday from the first Sunday in December to the first Sunday in February at Bowman Arena; head east on Wickenburg Way across the Hassayampa bridge, turn left on Jack Burden Rd., then turn right one mile on Constellation Road.
Gold Rush Days celebrates Wickenburg's Western heritage with a shootout, parade, rodeo, concerts, "mellerdramas," a gold-panning contest, and other activities on the second full weekend in February. July 4th brings fireworks and a watermelon feed. Fiesta Septiembre, on the first Saturday of September, celebrates Hispanic culture with dances and music in the park behind Desert Caballeros Western Museum. The Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival brings foot-tapping music and dancing to town on the second full weekend in November. A Cowboy Poets Gathering on the first full weekend in December presents the rich heritage of those who work the range. The Christmas Light Parade brightens the evening on the second Friday in December.
Coffinger Park offers picnicking, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a ball field off N. Tegner St., just across the Sols Wash bridge. Sunset Park, four miles west of town on US 60, has picnicking, tennis courts, a basketball court, and ball fields. Play golf year-round at the nine-hole Wickenburg Country Club course (two miles west on US 60, then north on Country Club Rd., 928/684-2011) or the 18-hole course at Los Caballeros Golf Club (3.5 miles west on US 60, then south two miles on Vulture Mine Rd., 928/684-2704).
Kay El Bar Ranch (P.O. Box 2480, Wickenburg, AZ 85358, 928/684-7593 or 800/684-7583, www.kayelbar.com, mid-Oct.-early May) has been around so long it's on the National Register of Historic Places. It began as a cattle ranch in the early 1900s, then became a dude ranch in 1926. The adobe lodge and casitas help create a Western experience for guests—never more than 24—who ride, receive riding instruction, hike a scenic trail, enjoy the pool and hot tub, and have family-style meals and cookouts. Rates include all meals, riding, and ranch facilities: $185 s, $325 d in lodge rooms or Casa Monterey, $370 d in Casa Grande with a fireplace and sitting area, or $700/four in Homestead House, a two-bedroom cottage with fireplace and living room; weekly rates are available too. From downtown, head 1.7 miles northwest on US 93 and turn right on Rincon Road, then follow signs 1.5 miles.
Flying E Guest Ranch (2801 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ 85390, 928/684-2690 or 888/684-2650, www.flyingeranch.com, Nov. 1-April 30, $150-205 s, $240-305 d) still works cattle. It has an informal atmosphere where guests can ride, play tennis, enjoy family-style meals, work out in the fitness room, or relax around the pool and hot tub. To get to the ranch go four miles west on US 60, then one mile south.
Rancho de los Caballeros (1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, AZ 85390, 928/684-5484 or 800/684-5030, www.sunc.com, early Oct.-early May) is the largest and most elegant of the group. Guests enjoy horseback riding, an 18-hole golf course, pool, tennis, trap and skeet, hot-air balloon rides, children's activities, and fine dining. Rates are $198-374 s, $316-499 d in high season (Feb.-April); $178-299 s, $271-399 d in low season (Oct.-Jan. and May). From Wickenburg, go 3.5 miles west on US 60, then turn left (south) two miles.
Williams Family Ranch (P.O. Box 3855, Wickenburg, AZ 85358, 928/308-0589, www.williamsfamilyranch.com) offers the experience of a working cattle ranch in a remote area along the Hassayampa River, 16 miles northeast of Wickenburg. Guests can come out just for the day to ride (four-person minimum), but a visit of at least three-five days is recommended, especially if you'd like to try your hand with the cattle. Guests stay in a bunkhouse and dine family-style in the main ranch house. Rates with accommodations, meals, riding, and transportation from Wickenburg are $125 s, $230 d ($795/week s, $1,550/week d). The season runs September to early June.
Rancho Casitas (56550 Rancho Casitas Rd., Wickenburg, AZ 85390, 928/684-2628, Oct.-May, $550 s, $650 d and up) provides comfortable accommodations with kitchens, patios, pool, and hot tub in a hilltop setting five miles north of town. No meals or activities are available but you can bring your own horse. There's a one-week minimum stay.
Under $50: Of the older motels west of downtown, your best bet is the Westerner Motel (680 W. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-2493, $37 d) with a pool.
$50-100: Look for the palms and old wagons outside the restored motor court Legends West (1.5 miles east of downtown on US 60, 928/684-8833, $65 s, $70 d including tax); each room has its own Old West or Victorian theme. AmericInn (850 E. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-5461 or 800/634-3444, $64-100 d) provides modern rooms with a Southwest decor, along with the Willows Restaurant, a pool, and a hot tub. Best Western Rancho Grande (293 E. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-5445 or 800/854-7235, $71 s, $74 d and up) was known as the Palm Court back in 1946, when it became one of the first motels in the Best Western group; you can stay in the restored Southwestern-style rooms or in newer and larger rooms, some with kitchenettes; guests enjoy a pool and hot tub.
Farther north in downtown, the Santa Fe-style Los Viajeros Inn (1000 N. Tegner, 928/684-7099 or 800/915-9795, $55 s, $58 d) has a patio or balcony with each room; Denny's Restaurant is next door. Across the road is the Western-themed Super 8 Motel (975 N. Tegner, 928/684-0808 or 800/800-8000, $60 s, $65 d).
For bed and breakfast in a house several blocks off W. Wickenburg Way, contact Owl Tree Inn (928/684-1197) at least one day in advance; two rooms ($75 d and $100 d) have shared bath and one ($125 d) has a private bath.
Horspitality RV Park and Boarding Stable (two miles southeast on US 60, 928/684-2519) is the only place to offer sites for both tents ($15) and RVs ($15-26 w/hookups); amenities include showers, winter activities, and a stable for your horse. The adult Desert Cypress Trailer Ranch (610 Jack Burden Rd., 928/684-2153, $25 RV w/hookups and showers) is across the Hassayampa bridge from downtown, then left after McDonalds. Self-contained rigs (no tents) can stay just northeast of town at Constellation Park, where sites cost only $5 but have no water or facilities; from downtown head east on Wickenburg Way across the Hassayampa bridge, turn left on Jack Burden Road, then turn right one mile on Constellation Road.
Another possibility for both tents and RVs is camping out in the desert. Avoid washes and be sure you're on public land; you'll need a permit if camping on state trust land.
For good American fare, join the locals at the Cowboy Cafe (445 N. Tegner St., 928/684-2807, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Chicken Noodle Cafe (2021 W. Wickenburg Way in West Plaza Shopping Center, 928/684-2294, Mon.-Sat. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) serves American favorites in a homey atmosphere. Named after Alice in Wonderland's floppy-eared rabbit, The March Hare (170 W. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-0223, Tues.-Sat. for lunch) serves quiche and other tasty light fare in a historic house; it's a small place, so reservations are recommended.
Qorri's (651 W. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-2002, dinner nightly except Tues.) features fine dining in an elegant setting for steak, seafood, chicken, and pasta dishes. The rib eye is a favorite at Charley's Steak House (1187 W. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-2413, closed Tues.-Sat. for lunch and dinner), which also serves other cuts, seafood, and chicken dishes. Rancho de los Caballeros (1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd., 928/684-5484, daily) offers fine buffets and a la carte items to the public by reservation.
House Berlin (169 E. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-5044, Wed.-Sun. for lunch and Tues.-Sun. for dinner) specializes in hearty German fare such as sauerbraten, schnitzels, roulade (cabbage roll), and hefty sandwiches. The informal Sangini's (107 E. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-7828, daily for lunch and dinner) offers such specialties as eggplant Parmesan, chicken Marsala, linguini clam sauce, and Sangini's signature rib eye, as well as pizza selections, sandwiches, and burgers. You can find good Mexican food at Anita's Cocina (57 N. Valentine, 928/684-5777, daily for lunch and dinner) around the corner from the Gold Nugget Restaurant off E. Wickenburg Way. Sizzling Wok (621 W. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-3977, daily for lunch and dinner) offers a wide variety of Chinese cuisine. Look for supermarkets and other stores at Bashas' Frontier Center on N. Tegner St. and at West Plaza Shopping Center on W. Wickenburg Way at the west edge of town.
Information and Services
The friendly Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce (216 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, AZ 85390, 928/684-5479 or 800/942-5242, www.outwickenburgway.com, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. except until 2 p.m. June-Sept.) is in the 1895 railroad depot one block west of N. Tegner Street. The public library (164 E. Apache St., 928/684-2665, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-noon Sat.) is one block north of Wickenburg Way and just west of the river.
The post office (2030 W. Wickenburg Way, 928/684-2138) is in West Plaza. Wickenburg Regional Medical Center (520 Rose Lane, 928/684-5421) is 0.8 mile north on Tegner Street from the highway junction.
Getting There and Around
The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce can tell you about companies offering backcountry driving tours and trail rides. There's no local or long-distance bus service.
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