Wickenburg to Prescott

Basin and Range

Distance (miles)

Wickenburg Elevation (feet)

Prescott Elevation (feet)

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, know 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.

Special Attractions

Wickenburg Walking Tour

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 brochure at the Santa Fe Railroad Depot.




Yarnell marks the the transition from the desert to the central mountains of Arizona. This small town at the top of Yarnell Hill offers opportunities for shopping in several unique stores and several restaurants. The Shrine of St. Joseph in the Mountains is one of Yarnell’s special attractions.

View photo galleries of special attractions along Historic Highway 89 between Wickenburg and Prescott…

The Wickenburg to Prescott Road Trip Guide is sponsored by

Desert Caballeros Western Museum—Arizona’s most western museum
Weaver Mountains Chamber of Commerce—Explore – Relax – Imagine

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Towns, Cities and Reservations

Stanton and Octave Mining Ghost Towns
Peeples Valley
Kirkland Junction
Glen Oaks

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Public Lands and Historic Places

Prescott National Forest



Weaver Mountains
Bradshaw Mountains
Sierra Prieta

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