Wickenburg – Mesa Marketplace

UnknownWickenburg isn’t very big but it retains the ambiance of an old town and it has been a ‘must see’ on each of our Arizona trips. It’s about an hour north of Phoenix so a good place to run up to for lunch and a little shopping.

The town is on the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert just below Arizona’s mountainous country. The population is around 7,000 and temperatures average in the mid 60’s to the low 80’s from January through April. Perfect for sightseeing.

The gold rush brought people into the area in the mid 1800’s. Henry Wickenburg, a German immigrant, discovered the Vulture Mine where over $30 million in gold has been mined. Tourism has been big over the years and in the 1950’s and 60’s Wickenburg presented itself as the “Dude Ranch Capital of the World.

images2Of course a trip to Wickenburg wouldn’t be complete without stopping at Nana’s for lunch. It seems to be a favorite of both locals and tourists.





Again about an hour drive, this time east, we took in the Mesa Market and swap meet. We had heard a lot about it with the “You Have to See It” comments. It is huge, really huge and of course we got lost. Thankfully Karen noted that the sides are even and odd numbered or we might still be there.

It is impossible to see in one day. Trust me here, I don’t care how fast a shopper or even a walker you are, you aren’t going to begin to cover this place in one day. It’s all undercover with a single breezeway covering a mile of shopping lanes. January is off season so the market is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the recommendation of a friend we went on Friday and it wasn’t busy. I’ve seen pictures though and even as large as it is, it can be crowded. Something like our Farmers Market in Seattle on a weekend.

Arizona was a great place to visit in January. Karen, Sugar and I were all bemoaning coming back so soon when we hit the cold wet Pacific Northwest.



11 responses to “Wickenburg – Mesa Marketplace

  1. I just looked up Mesa Market and there’s an overhead picture. You’re right. That place is HUGE. And Wickenburg looks absolutely lovely. You had such a nice time in Arizona! I’m happy for you!

  2. Seeing the picture bet you can understand how we got lost. I was so turned around.

  3. sounds like a lovely place. I love those markets and man, that sandwich makes me want lunch already and it’s only 11:00 am here. This place needs to be on my bucket list. Glad you shared it. Jillian

  4. If you go put on your walking shoes. You’ll need them.

  5. Wow, a mile of shopping lanes! You’d need those sturdy shoes. Mesa Market sounds quite something, and a necessary stop off after that lunch at Nana’s 🙂 Really pleased you had a great trip.

  6. We of course didn’t get through it all but just heard from my daughter-in-law and they did get through it. Like over 5 hours of walking/shopping. Yikes.

  7. This must have really set you up for the bad weather you have now. That lunch look wonderful. Thanks for sharing the trip and the sunshine photos.

    • I don’t know if it was the warm spring like weather in January Arizona but both Karen have been freezing since we got home. For sure I’m ready for spring like weather around here.

  8. A mile of shopping lanes – wow! Sounds as though you had a brilliant time in Arizona. 🙂

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