Vulture Mine - Archive
10 miles southwest of Wickenburg, Arizona.
Vulture Peak Trail is a short, but steep, trail that takes hikers 2 miles from the base of Vulture Peak, elevation 2,480 feet, to a saddle at 3,420 feet, just below the summit. The trail is located in the Sonoran Desert and treats visitors to a larger-than-life garden including saguaro cactus, palo verde, mesquite, bursage, creosote, jojoba, ocotillo, ironwood, and numerous cactus species, including prickly pear, teddybear cholla, barrel cactus, hedgehog cactus, and various shrubs and grasses. Years with abundant winter rains can result in springtimes with hillsides awash in thick blankets of wildflowers. Hikers can expect to see globe mallows, mariposa lilies, blackfoot daisies, lupine, red penstemon, desert poppies, and brittlebushes. The area provides habitat for a number of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
From Wickenburg, drive west on U.S. Highway 60 for 2.5 miles, turn left at the Vulture Mine Road, and drive south for 7 miles, then turn left at the Vulture Peak Trail sign to the parking lot.