To the folks in big cities like Phoenix, Wickenburg is just one of the many little desert towns scattered throughout Arizona. But Wickenburg residents know that it’s much more. Here’s some information about Wickenburg — you may be surprised by what this town has to offer.
In 1863 Henry Wickenburg discovered gold at Vulture Mine, which eventually became one of the richest gold-producing mines in Arizona. In the early 1900’s, as the mine played out, ranching and tourism took over as economic mainstays of the area. Wickenburg was incorporated in 1909.
Wickenburg is approximately 60 miles northwest of Central Phoenix, where State Route 60 meets State Route 93. To travelers between Phoenix and Las Vegas, NV, it’s a perfect place to stop for a bite to eat and a tank of gas. Those of us who live here know that it’s much more than that!
The 2000 US Census reported Wickenburg’s population to be 5,082. This population almost doubles in the winter months as seasonal residents return.
The town’s facilities include several parks, three public schools, a public pool, a municipal airport, and a regional hospital.
Tourism and Industry
Traditionally, tourism, cattle ranching, and agriculture have been the main economic activities in Wickenburg. There are many motels, guest ranch/resorts, bed-and-breakfast lodges, mobile home parks, RV parks, and campgrounds.
A number of light industrial users now occupy parts of Wickenburg’s industrial airpark on the western edge of town. Wickenburg is also home to a number of world-renowned medical facilities, including Remuda Ranch, The Meadows, and Rosewood.
Wickenburg’s weather is typical of the desert southwest, but tends to be cooler than nearby Phoenix, primarily because of its slightly higher elevation.
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Wickenburg Municipal Airport (E25) Coordinates: 33°58.14’N 112°47.91’W
Elevation (at airport): 2386 feet