Both towns offer a choice of several world-class golf courses, situated among some of the most beautiful desert landscapes you will ever see. Public courses include the beautiful Rancho Manana Golf Club, boasting some of the state’s most breathtaking views, along with Dove Valley Ranch and Legend Trails Golf Club. Private courses feature the popular Tatum Ranch Golf Club and other well-known spectacular places such as Desert Forest Golf Club, and The Boulders.
HIKING, BIKING AND HORSEBACK RIDING
The Cave Creek / Carefree area offers a variety of trails for exploring on foot, bicycles and horseback. There are excellent trails through Cave Creek Park that range from short and easy to somewhat difficult. The most popular and challenging is the 4.8-mile Go John Trail, which is amenable to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Guided trail rides through the park on horseback are available from late autumn through the spring. Rangers provide a variety of free, guided hikes and activities for visitors of all ages throughout the year.
Spur Cross has a number of trails from a flat wide path crisscrossing the stream to a hike up into the mountains of Skull Mesa. Many of these beautiful trails are open to mountain bikers and horseback riders. Seven Springs Recreation Area has been a popular destination since the early 1900’s. Extensive hiking trails lead from the desert floor to changes in higher elevations. A lovely picnic site under large sycamore trees along the creek is an inviting drive, and the Civilian Conservation Corps tables and stone walls are still in use today.
Hayrides, cowboy cookouts, guided horseback rides and other entertainment are provided at MacDonald’s Ranch just south of town. Horseback riding and bike rentals are both available in Cave Creek.
FISHING & BOATING
There are three lakes with swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing within a half hour drive of Carefree and Cave Creek. Fifteen miles east of Carefree are Bartlett and Horseshoe Lakes. Bartlett has picnic tables with shade and restroom facilities. There is a beach, swimming, fishing and boating at either location. About fifteen miles west is Lake Pleasant, a large lake with lots of amenities. The Tonto National forest borders the area on the north and east with its untouched desert beauty.