Throughout the downtown area of Wickenburg are six large bronze sculptures that are so realistic, they sometimes surprise visitors. Called the Characters, the sculptures include a button with a narrative from the Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble. A depiction of Elizabeth Smith, the owner of the Hassayampa Hotel, a schoolteacher with luggage, a miner leading his donkey, a jail tree felon, a vaquero with a guitar, as well as the cowboy and dance hall girl located at Rancho 7. There are also 16 linkage pieces that represent desert creatures like roadrunners, tarantulas, rattlesnakes, and Gila monsters.
While wandering around searching for the Characters, pick up the self-guided walking tour created by the Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the history of downtown. Visit the Jail Tree, a gnarled mesquite tree that legend has it was used as the town jail. Criminals were shackled to the tree, left out under the elements until a proper lawman could arrive from Phoenix to collect them. There is also a railroad engine and caboose, the old Wishing Well, a Little Red Schoolhouse, and more.
Since Wickenberg was founded as a gold mining town, naturally you will want to pan for gold. Pay Streat Gold Panning teaches how to find and recover your own gold. Adventures are available for one-day outings by appointment. Search for gold in the richest 40-foot wash in Arizona which is family-owned and operated.
There are many hiking trails for all levels of experience, including one that takes you to the top of Vulture Peak. Sophie’s Flat Trails wander through the Sonoran Desert with dramatic desert and mountain vistas while the Sophie Burden, named for the “Queen” of the Remuda Guest Ranch, is located five miles northeast of Wickenberg and consists of a loop trail with two internal connector trails.
Wickenberg is known as the Team Roping Capital of the World, as the town and surrounding area have some of the best roping arenas in the country. Take in a competition at the Downtown Arena, Everett Bowman Rodeo Arena, Horns, and Hooves Arena, or one of the many others in the area.
There are several Dude Ranches in Wickenburg as well. Bar FX Ranch was the first in town, founded in 1923 and the area is still lucky enough to have three operating ranches, including the Flying E, Kay El Bar, and Rancho de Los Cabelleros.