Hassayampa River Arizona Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Hassayampa River

The majority of the 100 mile long Hassayampa River flows underneath the ground, surfacing just south of Prescott near Wickenburg. There is quite a lot of folklore surrounding this river, including one that says anyone who drinks from the river can no longer tell the truth. Read More

  • The Hassayampa River is unlike most rivers you will ever learn of, because the vast majority of it runs underground. \
  • If you’d like to see the river where it surfaces, travel on up to Wickenburg.

What can I see at the Hassayampa River? 

  • Nature Conservancy's Hassayampa River Preserve: Visit the conservatory about eight miles northeast of Wickenburg, Arizona. Here, the crystal-clear waters of the river surface, creating a desert oasis of sorts in the middle of the desert. 
  • Bird watching: Over 280 species of birds nest here or travel through the preserve each year, including the zone-tailed hawk and the Harris hawk.

Where is the river?

The river runs underground through Prescott and surfaces near Wickenburg, a little under 50 miles northwest of Phoenix.

When is it open?

The preserve is open year-round, except on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thanksgiving day and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve Day and New Year’s Day.

How much does it cost?

The entry fee to the preserve is $5.00 per person; children under 12 are free.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Contact the preserve directly at 928-684-2772.