Watching Senior Bull Riders in the Cowboy Town of Wickenburg, Arizona
Just a short one hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona lies the quintessential cowboy town of Wickenburg, Arizona.
After the 1848 Mexican American war, a great deal of the southwest became a part of the United States, and the lure of “gold in them thar hills” became a magnet for adventurers to the area. One such gold seeker was Henry Wickenburg who struck gold with his Vulture mine, and together with other miners formed the town of Wickenburg, Arizona in 1863.
Today, Wickenburg, with is close proximity to Phoenix, has become a very popular tourist destination. We made our most recent trip to Wickenburg during their 61st Annual Gold Rush Days, which featured gold panning, a mucking and drilling contest, a classic car show, and the National Senior Pro Rodeo Tour.
We decided, having never been to a rodeo, that a rodeo might be a lot of fun. When we arrived, we were amazed to see these 40, 50, and even 60 year old men willingly riding bucking broncos, and most amazingly, torturing themselves on the back of a raging bull!
Wickenburg, Arizona is a worthwhile day trip from the Phoenix area, and I am certain that Carol and I will be back to do even more exploring. One of the things that perked my ears, during our most recent trip , is that Wickenburg is also the Dude Ranch Capitol of the World! Not that sounds like another fine reason to plan another visit to Wickenburg, Arizona.