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Wickenburg to Prescott Road Trip Guide

Distance: 59.0 miles • Elevation Change: Wickenburg 2056 ft.-Prescott 5400 ft.

To continue on historic US Route 89 from Wickenburg, drive northwest on US Route 93 (North Tegner Street). Six miles from Wickenburg at the intersection of highway 93 and Arizona Route 89, turn right. Arizona 89 takes you to the old mining towns of Congress and Stanton at the base of the Weaver Mountains. The highway climbs the mountains on a series of switchbacks, known as Yarnell Hill, offering spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert and tops out at the town of Yarnell. Here you enter the mountainous transition zone between the Basin & Range and Colorado Plateau.

After crossing the Peeples Valley, 89 enters the Bradshaw Mountains for a winding, curvy descent into Prescott. This section is called the White Spar and was the first federally funded highway construction project in Arizona.

Special Attractions:

Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history and art of Arizona and the west and is one of the best small museums in Arizona. The permanent collection includes Native American an 19th-century decorative arts, as well as late 19th and 20th century western American paintings and sculptures.
Wickenburg Walking Tour: The Chamber of Commerce has developed a self-guided brochure pairing historic town buildings with a map of their locations. The tour provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of one of Arizona's oldest communities and includes ten buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Pick up the free brochure at the Santa Fe Railroad Depot.
Shrine of St. Joseph: A hidden gem in Yarnell, the Shrine of St. Joseph features sculptures of St. Joseph and the Stations of the Cross, fabricated by artist Felix Lucero. The shrine is open during daylight hours and visitors of all faiths are welcome free of charge.

Wickenburg to Prescott Road Trip Map

Towns, Cities & Reservations:
A Walking Tour of Historic Wickenburg:
The Santa Fe DepotGarcia SchoolOld Town Hall and JailTrinidad HouseHelm Barber Shop
Thanks for the Rain by Joe BeelerDesert Caballeros Desert Museum

Pop-up Story: Elizabeth Hudson Smith and the Vernetta Hotel:

Hassayampa BuildingThe Hotel Vernetta in the Desert Caballeros Western MuseumThe Grave of Elizabeth Hudson Smith

The Old Pioneer Cemetery
The Old Pioneer CemeteryRock Piles Mark the GravesEnclosed Grave in the Old Pioneer CemeteryJuanita Trujillo's Headstone

Stanton and Octave Mining Ghost Towns
Broadway (Arizona Route 89), YarnellThe Painted LizardRosewind ClockCornerstone BakeryBlue Barn Gallery
The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains
Shrine of St. JosephStations of the CrossJesus on the Cross
Alessio Carraro Home
Alessio Carraro HomeWall of Alessio Carraro's homeEagle HeadYarnell from the Top of the World
Peeples Valley
Peeples ValleyPeeples Valley WindmillNodal Ninja
Kirkland Junction
Glen Oaks

Public Lands & Historic Places:
Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness
Prescott National Forest

Weaver Mountains
Arizona Route 89 Approaching the Weaver Mountains

Bradshaw Mountains
Sierra Prieta

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Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Arizona’s Most Western Museum
21 North Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

Tel: (928) 684-2272


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