Here is a nice ride with a lot of scenery and the weather should be nice in the valley and cool in the higher locations. This is beautiful country so take your time and enjoy yourself.

Wickenburg is noted for its clean air, good country living, western hospitality and all-around high quality of life. Just 60 miles northwest of Downtown Phoenix in the Northern reaches of the great southwest’s Sonoran Desert.

The Wickenburg area and much of the West became part of the United States following the Mexican-American War in 1848.

Until 1860 the Wickenburg area was unexplored and the Hassayampa River was unknown. The 100 mile long, mostly underground Hassayampa River, one of the Sonoran Desert’s few flowing, un-dammed rivers.

Wickenburg today is a modern town with over 600 businesses providing a range of services, shopping, specialty shops and galleries for western-themed gifts. Wickenburg is home to three unique guest ranches: Rancho de los Caballeros, Kay El Bar Ranch, Flying E Dude Ranch.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Robson's Arizona Mining World
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts
Wickenburg AZ - Official Website

Congress, Arizona has a population of aournd 2,500 in Yavapai County, Arizona. Congress is known as a gold-mining ghost town, but now serves as a retirement and bedroom community for nearby Wickenburg.

Gold was discovered at Congress in 1884. By 1893, the Santa Fe Railroad passed within three miles of the mine, at Congress Junction. Congress boomed, and remained prosperous until the mid-1930s, when the mines closed. Many historic structures are left today including the old cemetary.


The quiet, small, unincorporated, community of Yarnell is located in Northern Arizona, in southern Yavapai County on U.S. Highway 89, at the top of Yarnell Hill, between Antelope Peak and the Weaver Mountains. It sits at an elevation of about 4,800 feet.

It is surrounded by huge boulders, nestled among Oak and Juniper trees, intertwined with Skunk Bush, Scrub Oak, and Manzanita. Yarnell is about 25 miles north of Wickenburg. The climate of Yarnell is mild all year round with a winter average temperature of 40.4 F degrees and a summer average temperature of 77.4 F degrees.

Peeples Valley
As of 2007, the population was 419 people. It is a beautiful area. Peeples Valley is named for prospector A. H. Peeples, who was the leader of the group that discovered Rich Hill, a gold deposit in 1863.
Wilhoit is a village in Yavapai County, Arizona. The population is about 750 people who enjoy their quiet lifestyle.
Prescott, Arizona draws visitors from all over the world to enjoy the unique setting, old-west history and enjoyable climate. Throughout the year Prescott offers a variety of events and activities so that no matter when you visit, you'll get a chance to experience the many faces of Prescott and find out for yourself why Prescott is considered one of the top emerging metropolitan cities.
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Prescott Valley
Prescott Valley is a growing, thriving community nestled between the Mingus and Bradshaw Mountain Ranges. Prescott Valley, one of the fastest growing, vibrant, and diverse communities in Central Arizona.

This Town attracts people who seek the natural beauty of Arizona, a peaceful lifestyle and a unique blend of modern and recreational amenities. Prescott Valley is truly one of the best places in the country to live, work and play! Prescott Valley offers something for everyone!

Located just 80 miles north of Phoenix, Prescott Valley is located in the center of many of Arizona's beautiful natural and cultural attractions and is a short drive to nearby cities such as, Prescott, Jerome, Sedona, Cottonwood, and Flagstaff.

Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation
This tribe and it's ancestors have lived in central and western Arizona for centuries. Today, the Tribe consists of 159 members and occupies a reservation of less than 1,500 acres of gentle, rolling hills adjacent to Prescott. Roaming the deserts of the southwest, the Yavapai people are known for their exceptional baskets. Our flag features a unique and historic basket design.

Today, the modern Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribepreserves the ancient culture of its ancestors and works diligently to achieve economic independence through numerous tribal enterprises. One of the area’s largest employers, the Tribe is home to a 162-room resort, two casinos, a business park and shopping center.

Jerome is the largest Ghost Town in America! Nicknamed “The City in the Sky,” Jerome was at one time the most talked about mining camp in America and is listed on the National Historic Register.

Its population went from 15,000 in its heyday to a “ghost town” of under 50 people, to its role today, as a center for the arts with unique shops, galleries, dining and lodging.

Whether it is a long weekend get-away at a local bed and breakfast or hotel, or just a day trip to check out the shops and galleries and get a bite to eat at one of the many fine restaurants, Jerome offers it all!

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Clarkdale is a small town that believes in a family-oriented environment. Located in stunning scenery it is a pleasure to visit. Stop and smell the roses.

Home to the Verde Canyon Railroad, Clarkdale was laid out in 1914 near the site of the existing smelter, which was built in 1910. It processed ore from nearby Jerome until 1952. Clarkdale was a company town, built with modern amenities.

The mining and smelter sites, along with the Clarkdale Memorial Clubhouse, are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Clarkdale hosts a number of community events, including an art festival and Independence Day celebration.

Verde Canyon Railroad makes it's home in Clarkdale. - Travel the wilderness route on this historical train from Clarkdale, AZ to Perkinsville.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park
The developed portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres and is an oasis for wildlife. The 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures that are ideal for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the Verde River, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water.
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Tuzigoot National Monument
Tuzigoot National Monument is an abandoned Indian village on a hillside. Indians lived there from around 1000 A.D. to 1400 A.D. The monument isn't very large, there is a one mile loop trail that goes around the structures.
Tuzigoot National Monument Official Website
Located in the ‘heart’ of Arizona, The City of Cottonwood is located adjacent to the Verde River at elevations ranging from 3,300 feet to 3,900 feet above sea level and experiences a mild climate.

The Town of Cottonwood began as a campground and stop-over for travelers to Oak Creek, Beaver Creek and Camp Verde. It was one of three main crossings over the Verde River.

Cottonwood became a supplier of fresh produce to the copper miners in Jerome in the early years of the 20th century. Today, it is the commercial hub of the Verde Valley and is home to a number of antique shops, fine restaurants, art galleries and festivals throughout the year.

The Clemenceau Heritage Museum rooms and display cases are filled with artifacts focus on Verde Valley history. The Railroad Room depicts miles of railroad during the early mining and smelting days. Volunteers and donations keep the museum operating.


Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that even today, is wildly wonderful.

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