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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.

See[edit]

  • 1 Cave Creek Museum, 6140 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 Area, 44000 N Spur Cross Rd, +1 480-488-6601, fax: +1 480-488-2263, . 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.

Do[edit]

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

Outdoor activities[edit]

View of Black Mountain Summit Park

Festivals and fairs[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • 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, +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]

  • 1 Big Earl's Greasy Eats, 6135 E Cave Creek Rd, +1 480-575-7889, . 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, +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]

  • 1 The Hideaway, 6746 E Cave Creek Rd, +1 480-595-0358. 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, +1 480-488-1906, fax: +1 480-488-9313, . 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, +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.

Sleep[edit]

Camping[edit]

  • 4 Cave Creek Park, 37019 N Lava Ln, +1 623-465-0431, fax: +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


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