Luchian's offers Mexican fare in Wikieup.
How big: 86,000 square miles.
What grows here: Mesquite and palo verde trees, saguaro cactus.
What lives here: Coyotes, horned lizards, jackrabbits, javelina, rattlesnakes.
Can't-miss roadside attraction: The Hassayampa River Preserve offers a glimpse into a rare and lush desert river habitat. 8-5 Wed-Sun; $5. Milepost 14, 3½ miles south of Wickenburg on State 60.
Stops along the way:
• Desert Caballeros Western Museum. 10-5 Mon-Sat, 12-4 Sun; $7.50. 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg; www.westernmuseum.org or 928/684-2272.
• The March Hare. $; lunch Tue-Sat, dinner Fri. 170 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg; 928/684-0223.
• Rancho de los Caballeros. From $426, including meals. 1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg; www.sunc.com or 928/684-5484.