Glendale, Peoria, Wickenburg, Joshua Forest Parkway, and Lake Pleasant

Wickenburg, Arizona

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Unlike most Arizona drives, this excursion is not scenic at first. But take heart—the gorgeous desert foothills await. Along the way you’ll pass through urban Phoenix, visit the world’s largest retirement community, and get a taste of the Old West. Be prepared for city driving and long, open stretches. You’ll cross the Agua Fria River (which may or may not have water in it depending upon the season) and view the White Tank Mountains in the distance. Glendale in recent years has found its niche as a center for antiques and quaint shops. Although it is Arizona’s fourth-largest city, it purposefully looks back to the days when life was simpler and people were friendlier. Free trolley rides loop through downtown and Catlin Court. Wickenburg was once home to the richest gold lode in Arizona, named the Vulture Mine. Although his claim has long been exhausted and is no longer even open for tours, the town of Wickenburg retains its rustic gold rush image. If you are up for adventure and have adequate gas in the tank, head north on a paved road to Congress for a leisurely journey through some authentic ghost towns. In Arizona, “authentic” means that you won’t find snack bars, concession stands, or gift shops. Lake Pleasant was formed when the Waddell Dam was constructed on the Agua Fria River.

Glendale, Peoria, Wickenburg, Joshua Forest Parkway, & Lake Pleasant Professional Review and Guide

"Unlike most Arizona drives, this excursion is not scenic at first. But take heart—the gorgeous desert foothills await. Along the way you’ll pass through urban Phoenix, visit the world’s largest retirement community, and get a taste of the Old West. Be prepared for city driving and long, open stretches. You’ll cross the Agua Fria River (which may or may not have water in it depending upon the season) and view the White Tank Mountains in the distance. Glendale in recent years has found its niche as a center for antiques and quaint shops. Although it is Arizona’s fourth-largest city, it purposefully looks back to the days when life was simpler and people were friendlier.

Free trolley rides loop through downtown and Catlin Court. Wickenburg was once home to the richest gold lode in Arizona, named the Vulture Mine. Although his claim has long been exhausted and is no longer even open for tours, the town of Wickenburg retains its rustic gold rush image. If you are up for adventure and have adequate gas in the tank, head north on a paved road to Congress for a leisurely journey through some authentic ghost towns. In Arizona, “authentic” means that you won’t find snack bars, concession stands, or gift shops. Lake Pleasant was formed when the Waddell Dam was constructed on the Agua Fria River."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Wickenburg
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Glendale, Peoria, Wickenburg, Joshua Forest Parkway, & Lake Pleasant

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