This is one of those perfect finds you get every once in a while. Only a few miles south of Wickenburg, Arizona, down Vulture Mine Road, you’ll find back roads and dispersed camping.
The first night I stayed just off Vulture Mine Road approximately 6 mile south of town. I pulled off the road into a small campsite with an existing fire ring. After setting up camp I hiked around and found Vulture Mine Flats, a large dispersed area with scattered fire rings and a small corral towards the back side. There were 4 rigs staying in this area 2 of which were the big coach types. The next morning I headed back up Vulture Mine Road 2 miles towards town to Vulture Peak Road.
Vulture Peak Road is one of the best spots I’ve found to date. If you head south down Vulture Mine Road from Hwy 60 where the Safeway Market is for approximately 3.5 miles there’s a street sign on the left hand side for Vulture Peak Road. Head down the road bearing left at the first “Y” and then on to the cattle guard with 2 large tractor tires on each side (1.2 miles). Pass through the cattle guard and head up to the 2-mile marker and you’ll find 2 campsites off to your left. I stayed at the second campsite and a couple of days after being there my friend Dan showed up with his 40 foot Coach and took the first campsite. The picture of the “cattle guard with tires” is of Dan’s Rubicon Jeep passing through when we headed into town that night to go to Anita’s Cocina Mexican restaurant which is located off N. Valentine Street in Wickenburg. Excellent Mexican food and the margaritas where awesome.
This is such a great area because of the Sonoran Desert elevation and the town of Wickenburg only being 6 miles away from camp. Whickenburg is an old southwest town with restaurants and stores so stop off and enjoy a little sightseeing while you’re there. There’s Safeway at the corner of Hwy 60 and Vulture Mine Road with Starbucks and US Bank inside, across the street at West Plaza is a really clean laundromat, and east down Hwy 60 is a Chase Bank on the left.
This will definitely be one of my major winter campsites. It has the best weather, lush vegetation, miles of dirt roads to go adventuring on, and a full service town nearby.
I’m staying here the allotted 14 days and then heading back to the Boulders OHV, then on to Agua Fria, and making my way home to Prescott.
Vulture Mine Road Camp _ 2650 ft
Vulture Mine Road Flats _ 2700 ft
Vulture Peak Road Camp _ 2651 ft
Vulture Mine Road Camp _ Latitude / Longitude _ N 33 54.5551′, W 112 48.7152′
Vulture Mine Road Flats _ Latitude / Longitude _ N 33 54.7723′, W 112 48.4250′
Vulture Peak Road Camp _ Latitude / Longitude _ N 33 53.8470′, W 112 46.8880′