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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.


  • 1 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).
  • 2 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 Forest, 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.


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

Outdoor activities[edit]

View of Black Mountain Summit Park
  • 1 Black Mountain Summit Park. Has a number of good trails, suitable for hiking and mountain biking.
  • 5 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]

  • 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.


  • 1 Frontier Town6245 E Cave Creek Rd. A faux old-west town with tourist shops and restaurants.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 [dead link]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).



  • 2 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.



  • 7 Tonto Bar and Grill5736 E Rancho Mañana Blvd +1 480-488-0698. Daily 11AM-9PM. Next to the Rancho Mañana golf course. Casual gourmet version of Cartwrights.
  • 8 Binkley's6920 E Cave Creek Rd +1 480-437-1072. T-Sa dinner. Classically influenced gourmet American cuisine.


  • 1 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.
  • 3 Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse (The Chip), 6811 E Cave Creek Rd +1 480-488-9118. Daily 10AM-2:30AM. Green Bay Packers/Cowboy bar. Live bull ridding on Thursday nights. Free dance lessons. Rival bar of Harold's Corral.



  • 4 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
  • 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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