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This will be our first year as snowbirds, We have chosen Wickenburg as our place to stay , we plan on bringing our Harley to do some rideing, were open to ideas on anything in wickenburg or surrounding areas

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Lots of wide open spaces out your way!! A favorite biker trip is out hwy 93 to hwy 89 up to Prescott over the mountains...very twisty and steep in places, but really beautiful changes of scenery.

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Then follow 89A over Mingus Mtn down to Jerome and on to Sedona. You'll want to do this early in the season or late in Spring. Make sure the mountain road is clear and snow and cold aren't an issue.

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If you do drive from Wickenburg to Prescott, take 93 out of town, then a few miles later switch to 89 north and go as far as Kirkland Junction. Turn left there onto Kirkland Road as far as Kirkland , turn right there onto Skull Vallesy-Kirkland Road and go through Skull Valley - check out the general store there, it's worth it - hang a slight left with the main road across the railroad tracks and pass between the store and the gas station and follow Iron Springs Road. It'll take you to Prescott. It's a slightly longer route, but really scenic.

A great day trip would be Wickenburg-Prescott, then keep going straight up on 89 to Ash Fork. There's a Route 66 museum there. Drive west a few miles on I-40 till you can get onto historic Route 66. You can follow it all the way to Kingman, the scenic backway, through memorable Seligman. Check out the general store in Hackberry on the way, too. From Kingman stay on historic 66 to get to Oatman, well worth seeing. From there keep on heading down to Topock, then go down 95 (a few miles east on I-40) through Lake Havasu City (London Bridge), to Parker.

When 95 and 72 split, hang a left and stay on 72 to Vicksburg, then east on 60 which takes you back to Wickenburg.

You'd need to get an early start to to do this - or you might do it in two days and stay longer at the individual stops.

If you're not averse to a hike, go to the top of Vulture Peak, our 'home mountain'. You take 60 west out of Wickenburg (West wiockenburg Way) as far as the sdecind traffic light after the center. You'll see a Safeway on your left. Make a left turn there onto Vulture Mine Rd and follow this for a bit over 6 miles. The turnoff into the parking lot at the trail head is on your left, in a turn, before the road leads down. The trail is 2 miles one way. The first 1.3 miles or so is a wonderful and easy hike through our most typical plants, gently dipping into and out of washes and over soft ridges, then towards the end it obviously gets steeper. You can go to the saddle or all the way to the top - the view is breathtaking.

And don't miss the Hassayampa River preserve a few miles south of town along highway 60 (going east). It's on your right as you come from Wickenburg. it's signposted. Not open every day.

If you have any more question or would like more about spots around Wickenburg , let me know.

Edited: 08 October 2011, 16:29
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Sorry, but self-promotion is not allowed on this forum. Thanks.

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The view from the saddle of vulture peak trail hike is definitely worth the sweat to get up there. Getting to the top after that requires some mild rock climbing but its do-able! Best to start early in the morning, bring lots of sunblock and more water than you think you'll need.

Lots of camping opportunities nearby as well, stars in the desert at night are amazing but bring warm clothes, it really cools off fast.

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It's one of my favorite hikes, going up there, to the very top of my 'house' mountain. I love sitting in one of the caves at the top and watch the sunset. It's also fun to read the comments visitors leave in the small book inside the metal case at the top. And when you've been to the top you can go to the Chamber of Commerce on Frontier St and get a 'certificate'.

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The Wickenburg, Kirkland, Skull Valley, Prescott trip is a must. Up and over Mingus Mountain, to Jerome, is also doable in a day. Jerome and Prescott are popular biker towns. The alternative to going thru Skull Valley is to go thru Peeples Valley and Wilhoit and up White Spar road to Prescott, its more curvy and more fun for bikes. If you dont want to stay in Prescott and if you dont want to go over the mountain to Jerome (another 45min of mountain roads), just continue on 89 thru Chino Valley, get a drink at the roadhouse in Paulden and head back.

Edited: 28 February 2012, 03:53
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the route efinger describes is one of my favorite routes on the way to prescott from phx/wickenburg. this is definitely a road less traveled and at the right time of the year...quite scenic by bike or car.

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