Visit the quirky town of Wikieup to discover top-quality American Indian art, great photo ops, and rugged trails for off-roading in a four-wheel drive vehicle in this town between Phoenix and Kingman.
You’ve heard of mirages in the desert, right? If you happen to spot Snoopy, Woodstock, Snoopy’s desert cousin Spike, and the unnamed junior Snoopy cartoon characters sitting on a white rocket aimed toward the sky on the west side of U.S. Highway 93, your vision is not playing tricks on you. Back in the 1990s, winter visitors from Michigan erected the fake spaceship and it still stands to welcome visitors to the town of Wikieup.
Don’t put your cameras away yet. At the Wikieup Trading Post Market, you’ll find a jail cell where you can take snap a photo or two. You’ll have the rest of your trip to come up with an outlandish story to tell your friends about what landed you behind bars. Even after you exit the holding cell, it will be easy to spend more time in the market enjoying the delicious food and top-notch souvenirs.
While in town, pay a visit to Luchia’s for amazing pies – Black Walnut Cream Pie is their specialty – lovely patio dining, and quality American Indian art that collectors and those who appreciate the quality will drive miles to see. The beautiful courtyard has a couple dozen peacocks strutting around and posing for photo ops. And try to save room for a Chicago-style hotdogs at Dazzo’s Restaurant and RV Park. Even folks from the Windy City rave about how authentic and delicious they are.
If you love four-wheeling, there are plenty of trails around Wikieup. So fuel up on the great food in town, then let your accelerated heart rate on a thrilling off-roading adventure work off those extra calories.