Where to Camp and Rope: Wickenburg

Rancho Rio’s long-time mascot, Rio the Longhorn. Andersen/C Bar C Photography

When you’re “Out Wickenburg Way,” you’re in the home of the “Team Roping Capital of the World,” and it definitely feels like that during the winter months. A fairly sleepy town come summer, Wickenburg is bustling with dualies and trailers during the winter as the town swells in population and activity.

Check thearizonajackpot.com for jackpot dates and times as well as producers’ Facebook pages.

Kyle Chrisman’s Roper Nation at Simpson Ranch Arena

503 South Tegner Street
307-260-7673; ropernation.com

• Two lighted arenas
• Horse boarding and RV park, dry camping allowed
• Jackpots four days a week, other specialty ropings
• Two practice sessions per week
• Tack shack

Mike and Karen Fuller’s Downtown Arena

520 North Tegner Street
559-250-2210
Facebook: Downtown Arena

• One arena
• RV park and horse pens
• Weekly practices, jackpots

Yost Events’ Rancho Rio

1325 North Tegner Street
928-684-3150; ranchorioaz.com
Facebook: Rancho Rio

• Two arenas
• Ample stalls, covered and uncovered, RV park, restrooms
• Onsite NRS tack store and Bishop’s Trailer Sales
• Weekly practice, jackpots, specialty ropings all winter, horse sale in March
• Miles of riding trails in the Hassayampa River bed

The Town of Wickenburg’s Everett Bowman Rodeo Arena

1025 Constellation Road
928-684-5451 
Facebook: Everett Bowman Arena

• One lighted arena, one warm-up
• Covered grandstands, restrooms

BJ Campbell’s Flying E Ranch Arena

2801 West Wickenburg Way
928-684-2690; 509-222-0490; flyingeranch.com 
Facebook: BJ Campbell Team Roping and Let’s Rope Wickenburg

• One arena
• Flying E Guest Ranch has rooms available
• Weekly lessons, training and jackpots
• Ranch sorting, breakaway and barrel practice, too

Hidden Hacienda

36001 S. Moreton Road 
478-299-2791; hiddenhaciendaaz.com
Facebook: Hidden Hacienda

• One arena
•10 arena-side RV hookups
• Full-service horse boarding in box stall or covered run
• Practice three days a week, at $30 per roper

Big Tree Arena @ Wickenburg Trailer Sales

30218 US Hwy 60, Wickenburg
928-232-0760; wickenburgtrailersales.com/arena 
Facebook: Wickenburg Trailer Sales

• Practice four days a week with possibility of weekly jackpots

Don’t miss…

Entertainment

Despite its small size, Wickenburg is home to several outstanding golf courses, including the newest, Wickenburg Ranch (855-878-1703; wickenburgranch.com), which was named one of the “Best Places to Play Golf in Arizona” by Golf Digest and also boasts four restaurants and a spa. 

Rancho de los Caballeros (928-684-5484; ranchodeloscaballeros.com) is celebrating 75 years in 2023. The Rancho is, at its heart, a dude ranch and riding and hiking trails are still a big attraction, along with the spa, dining options, skeet and trap shooting, and, of course, the golf course, which was added in 1979.

Wickenburg’s annual Gold Rush Days swells the already busy town with a carnival, artisan fair, classic car show, Senior Pro Rodeo and even a Melodrama, held Feb. 10–12.

For a walk through history, book a tour at Vulture City Ghost Town (877-425-9229; vultureminetours.com), where more than a dozen buildings from the original mining town that gave birth to Wickenburg have been restored for guided or non-guided tours. Don’t miss the Desert Caballeros Western Museum (928-684-2272; westernmuseum.org) for artifacts and artwork celebrating Wickenburg and its western roots.

Food & Drink

No stay in Wickenburg would be complete without visits to two of its most famous and enduring restaurants: Anita’s Cocina (928-684-5777) and Rancho Bar 7 (928-684-2492; ranchobar7.com). Both are in the restored downtown section of Wickenburg, where you can also experience the town’s historic walking tour if you’re interested in walking off the steaks and margaritas.

Shopping

Shopping ranges from the practical to the whimsical. Try Ben Saddlery (928-684-2683; bensaddlery.com), a staple residing in the same building since 1949; the Old Livery Mercantile (928-684-3298; oldlivery.com), featuring southwestern gifts all made in the USA; and Serape Blue (928-232-2600; serapeblue.com), a Western and bohemian inspired boutique offering women’s clothing, jewelry and gifts.

Don’t forget The Horse Sale @ Rancho Rio if you’re looking for your next equine roping partner. The sale is held in conjunction with the National Team Roping Finals each March and has built a reputation as one of the leading horse sales in the country for team roping horses.

Essential Services

Feed & Tack

• National Roper Supply (NRS)
955 West Wickenburg Way
928-684-7987; nrsranch.com
Facebook: NRS-Wickenburg

Ropes, ropes and more ropes! Feed, tack, apparel, decor, jewelry

• Wickenburg Trailer Sales
30218 US Hwy 60
928-232-0760; wickenburgtrailersales.com 
Facebook: Wickenburg Trailer Sales

Hay, feed, trailers

• TX Hay Sales
30358 US Hwy 60/89
928-684-4448

Hay, will deliver, some feed and vet supplies

• Tractor Supply
1860 West Wickenburg Way
928-684-8737, tractorsupply.com 

• Riata Saddles
162 East Wickenburg Way, Unit 6
928-684-4999
Facebook: Riata Saddles and Western Store

Veterinary Care

• Hassayampa Veterinary Services
50607 US Hwy 60/89
928-684-3070; hassayampavetservices.com

• Bar S Animal Clinic
3920 Industrial Way
928-684-7846; barsanimalclinic.com

Vehicle Repairs & Maintenance

• Bishop’s Trailer Sales @ Rancho Rio
1325 North Tegner
928-916-0084

Dealerships

 • Jones Ford/RAM
555 East Wickenburg Way
844-282-1042; joneschryslerdodgejeepram.com

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