Introduction to Wickenburg, Arizona
Wickenburg, Arizona, in Maricopa county, is 39 miles NW of Peoria, Arizona and 52 miles NW of Phoenix, Arizona. Part of the surrounding Phoenix-Mesa metro area, Wickenburg is home to some 5,082 residents.
Wickenburg became a part of the United States in 1848, after the Mexican - American War. The Gila Rangers were the first white men to visit the area. Wickenburg was founded in 1863 and named after Henry Wickenburg, a gold miner who discovered the Vulture Gold Mine. The Yavapai Native Americans originally inhabited this area. It is the site of the Wickenburg massacre, which occurred on November 5, 1871.
Wickenburg and nearby Attractions
- Desert Caballeros Western Museum
- Hassayampa River Preserve
- Maricopa County Historical Society Museum
- White Tank Mountain Regional Park
- Phoenix Art Museum
- Horsethief Basin Recreation Area
Things To Do In Wickenburg
Local parks include Constellation Park, MacGuire Park, Casandro Park, Coffinger Park and Stone Park. The Wickenburg Massacre Historical Monument is a notable location in the town. Local museums include like the Desert Caballeros Western Museum and the Maricopa County Historical Society Museum. Wickenburg hosts the Gold Rush Days every February.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International is the nearest major airport.
Wickenburg Higher Education
Yavapai College, Paradise Valley Community College and Phoenix College are the local colleges.