Wickenburg to Prescott
Basin and Range
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, known 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.
Basin and Range
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 transition from the desert to the central mountains of Arizona. At the top of Yarnell Hill, this small town offers opportunities for shopping in several unique stores and several restaurants. The Shrine of St. Joseph in the Mountains is one of Yarnell’s unique attractions.
View photo galleries of special attractions along Historic Highway 89 between Wickenburg and Prescott…
Towns, Cities and Reservations
Stanton and Octave Mining Ghost Towns
Public Lands and Historic Places
Prescott National Forest
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