Founded in 1863, Wickenburg is one of Arizona’s oldest towns. In 2018, it turns 155 years old. Fresh from California’s gold rush, Prussian-born Henry Wickenburg discovered a ledge of quartz seamed with gold in the mountains above the Hassayampa River. The Vulture Mine operated from 1863 to 1942, becoming one of Arizona’s most productive gold mines. 12 miles outside Wickenburg, visitors can tour Vulture City, a ghost town with a remarkable collection of historic buildings gnawed by the elements but still standing.
Long known as the Dude Ranch Capital of the World, Wickenburg has always provided the Western experience to visitors. Two of the most prominent ranches, Flying E and Rancho de los Caballeros, reach historic milestones in 2018, both hitting the 70-year mark.
Sitting on 20,000 acres, the Flying E preserves a way of life. The big spread is a traditional dude ranch that focuses on horseback riding. Two rides are scheduled daily, one on Sunday, and all experience levels are
accommodated. Ranch facilities also include a heated swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts and horseshoe pits.
Established in 1948, Rancho de los Caballeros quickly won acclaim for charming accommodations and impeccable service. Guest rooms and suites are scattered about the grounds in graceful casitas. The ranch features daily horseback rides, a full-service spa, trap and skeet range, tennis courts, a swimming pool and an 18-
hole golf course that has been ranked as one of the top hundred in the United States by Golf Digest.
Held each February, Gold Rush Days is a history lesson masquerading as a rollicking, fun-filled festival. You will receive an education in the heritage of not just the town but also the entire state. No wonder the Library of Congress selected this venerated annual event as one of America’s Living Legacies. Since 1948, Wickenburg has celebrated its frontier past with a town-wide blowout. Festivities include gunfights, gold panning, mucking and drilling contests, a Senior Pro Rodeo, classic car show, family carnival and one of the biggest parades in Arizona. The 70th Annual Gold Rush Days takes place Feb. 8–11.
In a fast-paced, ever-changing world, it is good to disengage once in a while. Swap your desk for a saddle and your computer screen for a panorama of mountains and sky. Let the desert stillness soothe away some of the stress of everyday life.
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