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Cave Creek is most easily accessed by heading north of Phoenix on I-17.
The entire town is connected through a network of horse, hiking and mountain bike trails.
- 1 Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E Skyline Dr, ☏ . 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 Area, 44000 N Spur Cross Rd, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 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.
- 1 Black Mountain Summit Park. Has a number of good trails, suitable for hiking and mountain biking.
- 2 Spur Cross Stables, 44029 N Spur Cross Rd, ☏ , toll-free: . Guided horse rides through Spur Cross.
- 3 Cave Creek Trail Rides, 37019 N 32nd St, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Oct 13 - May 12. Guided horse rides through Cave Creek Park.
- 4 Rancho Mañana Golf, 5734 E Rancho Mañana Blvd, ☏ . A former dude ranch turned golf course.
- 5 Spur Cross Cycles (Bike rentals in Cave Creek), 6061 E Cave Creek Rd #1b (across from Clearance Time), ☏ , ✉ SpurCrossCycles@gmail.com. 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.
- 6 [dead link] Flat Tire Bike Shop, 6149 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ . M-F 9AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 10AM-4PM. Weekly Sunday morning bike ride.
- 7 Extreme Arizona ATV Rental, 6061 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ .
Festivals and fairs
- Wild West Days, ✉ WildWestDaysCaveCreek@yahoo.com. Takes place annually at the end of October or early November. Parades, rodeos, car shows, arts and crafts, food, music, and various other events.
- 8 Cave Creek Fiesta Days, Cave Creek Memorial Arena, 37201 N 28th St, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Weekend rodeo event with parade, music, food, dance, vendors, and a golf tournament. Takes place annually in early April.
- [dead link] Magic Bird Festivals, in downtown Carefree (east of Cave Creek), ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Holds several arts and crafts festivals between November and April.
- [dead link] Thunderbird Arts and Wine Festivals. Fine arts and wine tasting.
- Hidden in the Hills Artists' Studio Tour, ☏ . Annual free self-guided tour among around 45 home studios with 150 participating artists. Takes place over the last two weekends of November.
- [dead link] Christmas Pageant and Luminaria Run, Spur 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 Town, 6245 E Cave Creek Rd. A faux old-west town with tourist shops and restaurants.
- 2 Stagecoach Village, 7100 E Cave Creek Rd (Corner of Galloway and Cave Creek Rd). A newer western themed shopping plaza set up as a village.
- Art galleries, Main 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 Thieves' Market, 6424 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ . 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).
- 1 Big Earl's Greasy Eats, 6135 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Su-W 7AM-10PM. A 50s style burger joint. On Friday nights, classic car enthusiasts can be found in the parking lot.
- 2 Barro's Pizza, 6450 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ . 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.
- 3 El Encanto, 6248 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 9AM-10PM. Fine Mexican dining in a romantic setting. Large duck pond and live classic guitar on the weekends.
- 4 The Horny Toad, 6738 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ , ✉ info@theHornyToad.com. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Fried food and tourist kitsch.
- 5 Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House, 6710 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ . Daily 4:30PM=9:30PM. Fine dining in a southwest setting.
- 6 Le Sans Souci Restaurant, 7030 E Bella Vista Dr, ☏ . Fine French dining. Come for dinner or the four course Sunday brunch.
- 7 Tonto Bar and Grill, 5736 E Rancho Mañana Blvd, ☏ . Daily 11AM-9PM. Next to the Rancho Mañana golf course. Casual gourmet version of Cartwrights.
- 8 Binkley's, 6920 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ . T-Sa dinner. Classically influenced gourmet American cuisine.
- 1 The Hideaway, 6746 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ . Daily 10AM-2AM (bar), 10AM-10PM (kitchen). Famous biker bar. Look out for local Sonny Barger.
- 2 Harold's Cave Creek Corral (Gavigan's), 6895 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Local cowboy bar/restaurant with a strong Steelers following. Live music and line dancing. Play poker with the locals and get a few tips on your stocks while you're at the table.
- 3 Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse (The Chip), 6811 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ . Daily 10AM-2:30AM. Green Bay Packers/Cowboy bar. Live bull ridding on Thursday nights. Free dance lessons. Rival bar of Harold's Corral.
- 1 Full Circle Ranch Bed and Breakfast, 40205 N 26th St, ☏ . $50-240.
- 2 Spur Cross Bed and Breakfast, 38555 N School House Rd, ☏ , ✉ Carolyn@spurcrossbnb.com. $139-250.
- 3 [dead link] Tumbleweed Hotel, 6333 E Cave Creek Rd, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Family run hotel consisting of 16 rooms and eight Casita apartments. The only main street hotel in Cave Creek. Local hospitality since 1971. $79-189.
- 4 Cave Creek Park, 37019 N Lava Ln, ☏ , fax: . 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.
- [dead link] Bartlet Lake, 20808 E Bartlett Rd. Carefee (20 miles east of Cave Creek).
- Lake Pleasant, 41835 N Castle Hot Springs Rd, Morristown (20 miles west of Cave Creek).
- The town of Carefree shares a main street with Cave Creek.
- Cave Creek is often associated with North Scottsdale (Arizona)
- Tonto National Forest (Just north of Cave Creek).