Cave Creek

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Cave Creek Recreational Park

Cave Creek is a small town north of Phoenix and part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. It is a popular destination for equestrians, bikers, and those seeking high-end resort lifestyles.

Get in[edit]

Cave Creek is most easily accessed by heading north of Phoenix on I-17.

Get around[edit]

The entire town is connected through a network of horse, hiking and mountain bike trails.

See[edit]

  •    Cave Creek Museum6140 E Skyline Dr +1 480-488-2764. Oct-May W-Th 1PM-4:30PM, F 10AM-4:30PM, Sa-Su 1PM-4:30PM. Has a number of exhibits examining the history of the Cave Creek area, from pre-Columbian to the end of the 19th century. $5 (adults), $3 (seniors), $2 (students 12+), free (children under 12).
  •    Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area44000 N Spur Cross Rd +1 480-488-6601fax: +1 480-488-2263, e-mail: . Daylight hours. Between the town of Cave Creek and Tonto National Forrest, the Spur Cross conservation offers a wide expanse of trails through a fertile section of the Sonoran Desert, suitable for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. See Hohokam ruins and petroglyphs. Guided tours available.

Do[edit]

Trail markers at Spur Cross Park, north of Cave Creek, Arizona.

Outdoor activities[edit]

View of Black Mountain Summit Park
  •    Black Mountain Summit Park. Has a number of good trails, suitable for hiking and mountain biking.
  •    Spur Cross Cycles (Bike rentals in Cave Creek), 6061 E Cave Creek Rd #1b (across from Clearance Time),  +1 480-256-2453, e-mail: . T-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Road and mountain bike rentals conveniently located near Spur Cross Recreation Area, Cave Creek Park, the Black Canyon Trail and Cave Creek/Carefree area resorts. $30-50/half-day, $45-65/full-day.

Festivals and fairs[edit]

  •    Cave Creek Fiesta DaysCave Creek Memorial Arena, 37201 N 28th St 1 480-488-4043fax: +1 623-738-1850, e-mail: . Weekend rodeo event with parade, music, food, dance, vendors, and a golf tournament. Takes place annually in early April.
  • Christmas Pageant and Luminaria RunSpur Cross/Stagecoach Village. The pageant has been taking place annually in December for over fifty years. The luminaria run was added in 2003.
  • AZ Bike Week. Typically takes place at the end of March/start of April.

Buy[edit]

  •    Frontier Town6245 E Cave Creek Rd. A faux old-west town with tourist shops and restaurants.
  •    Stagecoach Village7100 E Cave Creek Rd (Corner of Galloway and Cave Creek Rd). A newer western themed shopping plaza set up as a village.
  • Art galleriesMain St. Cave Creek has many fine art galleries along its main street. The second Friday of every month is Art Night – the studios stay open until 9PM.
  •    Thieves' Market6424 E Cave Creek Rd +1 480-329-6118. First Sat of the month Oct-May, 9AM-3PM. A monthly flea market where shoppers can find an eclectic mix of items, including second-hand goods and arts and crafts. $1 (entry fee).

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  •    Barro's Pizza6450 E Cave Creek Rd +1 480-488-9250. Su-Th 10:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 10:30PM-11PM. A popular pizza shop in Cave Creek. Customers can either eat in at the store or take out. Delivery is extra.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit]

  •    The Hideaway6746 E Cave Creek Rd +1 480-595-0358. Daily 10AM-2AM (bar), 10AM-10PM (kitchen). Famous biker bar. Look out for local Sonny Barger.

Sleep[edit]

Camping[edit]

  •    Cave Creek Park37019 N Lava Ln +1 623-465-0431fax: +1 623-465-9284. Space for RVs and camping along with clean hot showers, trails, and a rodeo arena. Electric hook-ups available; reservations can be made online. $10-35.

Go next[edit]

Lake Pleasant
  • Bartlet Lake20808 E Bartlett Rd. Carefee, AZ (20 miles east of Cave Creek).
  • Lake Pleasant41835 N Castle Hot Springs Rd, Morristown (20 miles west of Cave Creek).
  • The town of Carefree shares a main street with Cave Creek.
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