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142 miles round trip
Wickenburg, a short hour's drive northwest of Phoenix, is full of Old West legend, antiques, art galleries, outdoor recreation, and wonderful scenery. Start at the bronze bust of Henry Wickenburg in front of Town Hall and take a quick walking tour of the historic town buildings. Stop by the Jail Tree, which once served as the town jail. Browse through fine art galleries showcasing Western, traditional cowboy, Southwestern, Native American and wildlife art. Vulture Mine, 15 miles southwest of Wickenburg, offers tours.
A special piece of Arizona's natural environment is being protected near Wickenburg. The Hassayampa River Preserve includes four miles of trails that provide visitors with a chance to see birds, mammals and reptiles in a natural setting.
To end your day, head 35 miles southeast on scenic Highway 74 to Lake Pleasant, one of the largest and finest boating locations in the state. Pleasant Harbor marina has rental boats, jet skis, fishing boats, deck boats and houseboats.