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.
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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.
Towns, Cities & Reservations:
A Walking Tour of Historic Wickenburg:
Pop-up Story: Elizabeth Hudson Smith and the Vernetta Hotel:
The Old Pioneer Cemetery
Stanton and Octave Mining Ghost Towns
The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains
Alessio Carraro Home
Public Lands & Historic Places:
Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness
Prescott National Forest