Wickenburg is a town located in Maricopa County, Arizona, although a small portion of the town is technically located in Yavapai County. It is known today for its clean air, wide open spaces, and dedication to tourism and medical services. However, it began in 1863 like most other local communities, as a service to the gold rush. It was named after Henry Wickenburg, who was instrumental in the discovery of Vulture Mine; the mine still exists today and is surrounded by Vulture City which guests can visit as part of a walking tour. Wickenburg was incorporated in 1909 despite the setbacks it encountered (Indian wars, mine closures, drought, and a major flood in 1890) and continued to grow.
RV rentals in Maricopa County are the perfect solution to creating a relaxing and memorable vacation in this part of the U.S. There are some other towns and cities that are worth visiting for an hour or an afternoon. For example, Congress is essentially a ghost town with a few residents remaining and numerous empty buildings which personify the area's history. Prescott was the home and final resting place of Darryl Dragon, more famously known as “the Captain” of the 1970's soft rock duo Captain and Tennille. Morristown is home to the Morristown Hotel and Store, a national landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Glendale advertises itself as “Arizona's Antique Capital”, a claim that has been supported by two national magazines. Palo Verde is the site of the Palo Verde Baptist Church, one of the first town structures which still exists today (it was built in 1890). Your Wickenburg travel trailer rental is your ticket to visiting any of these landmarks and many more.
The Great Outdoors
Lake Pleasant Regional Park was, at one time, a part of the mining industry of Central Arizona but paid few dividends to the miners who came. Today the park is a multi-use recreational area; guests can camp here or go hiking or picnicking. Boating and fishing are allowed on the lake. It is also home to the Agua Fria Arm, one of a few nesting and breeding sites for bald eagles in Arizona. Access to this area is restricted at certain times of the years, in order to not disturb the birds.
Phoenix Sonoran Reserve is an open desert park with plains of cactus and hiking/biking trails through the vegetation. Trails within the park are rated from easy (paved or hard surface, and minimal elevation) to difficult and extremely difficult. Trails are open from approximately sunrise to late at night (check with the park for exact times); entry to the park closes at approximately sunset or around that time.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park is a recreational area with opportunities to hike, go mountain bike riding, or horseback riding. It also provides tent and RV camping; the environment is rugged and some areas have petroglyphs that researchers are studying. Keep your Wickenburg RV trailer rental nearby and you can finish your hike or outdoor adventure with a coffee and a comfortable chair (inside your RV or out).
There are many RV parks and campgrounds near Wickenburg. Some of the facilities may have long-term tenants. Your Wickenburg RV rental is all you need to make any of them into your perfect accommodation.
Loose Horse RV Park is a rustic combination RV park and ranch with horse stalls. Amenities include restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, and a fire pit and barbecue. The park is pet-friendly and has a fenced-in pet area.
Desert Oasis RV Park is a partially developed RV campground with some shaded sites, restrooms and showers, and laundry facilities. On-site activities include shuffleboard and horseshoes; there are a swimming pool and a playground for the children. The park is pet-friendly.
Exploring The City
There are a good variety of activities on hand in Wickenburg; choosing among them could be difficult. Those looking for some variety or to change up the pace should head indoors to a local performing arts center; the venue has comfortable seats and a crystal clear sound system. The center is run by staff and volunteers, all of whom are very professional in their duties. Tickets and valet parking are inexpensive. Those who are feeling slightly mischievous (or in charge of mischief seekers) should check out Wickenburg's Jail Tree for a tidbit of history (and perhaps some preventative medicine); an interesting stop for the children as well as the adults. Don't forget to take your Wickenburg camper rental out for a run on at least one highway; it is almost a tradition and one reason why RV vacations are so justifiably popular.
As the day settles, thoughts will turn to evening meals and Wickenburg is up to the challenge. There is a good selection of both Mexican and American restaurants on hand, as well as some slightly different cuisines, such as one Armenian bistro. Everything is good here, right down to the coffee, and the chicken kabob platter has a distinct but unfamiliar smoky flavor. Also worth trying is the steamed almond milk and the homemade yogurt with granola. Another restaurant specializes in ice cream desserts, and an Italian restaurant is located in an old home, creating a very relaxing atmosphere. It includes traditional Italian items along with pizza that uses real Italian flour and fresh ingredients. Diners can choose their own toppings if they wish; the prices are reasonable and the portions generous. Customers eating here will likely wind up taking part of their meal home to their Wickenburg motorhome rental for a late night snack, but isn't that one of the bonuses of being on vacation?