Local Hot Spots

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LOCAL HOT SPOTS

In the scenic Sonoran Desert Foothills, Carefree and Cave Creek are two of Arizona’s most distinctive towns. Small town charm combined with friendly locals and more than 300 days per year of glorious sunshine make the area perfect for enjoying every type of activity, year round.

Sightseeing & Local Attractions

 Arts & Entertainment

 Local Recreation

SIGHTSEEING & ATTRACTIONS

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The Carefree / Cave Creek area is a nature lover’s paradise. You can take jeep tours through the desert landscape and visit an old fashioned 1883 gold mine, or take in the view from a hot air balloon soaring over the desert floor. For more adventurous types rent a 4-wheel drive all-terrain vehicle and explore miles of back country roads on your own.

PARKS

The Cave Creek Regional Park protects roughly 3,000 acres of extremely lush Sonoran Desert just north of the Phoenix city limits. The steep and very rocky slopes offer excellent habitat for cacti, desert trees, and many other plants. Wildlife is common at the park. Birdlife is especially abundant, ranging from tiny hummingbirds to hawks. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and picnicking are favorite activities.

Cave Creek’s historic Spur Cross Ranch, a former guest ranch that was established in the 1920s, was once a welcoming destination for visitors from all over the world. Today, its more than 2,154-acre expanse offers avid outdoorsmen and women a gateway into the Tonto National Forest’s scenic network of paths. Now a conservation area, Spur Cross contains fascinating archaeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. This area is a must see for all wildflower lovers in the spring.

Gateway Desert Awareness Park is a native habitat park right in the heart of Cave Creek. A nature trail with labeled plants, natural history center, a children’s playground and shade ramadas with grills make this an excellent picnic and play area for families.


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20808 Bartlett Dam Road, Carefree, AZ, 85331 United States

Located just 55 minutes from Tempe Town Lake on beautiful Bartlett Lake in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake Marina’s family atmosphere and beautiful surroundings makes it a wonderful location for your friends and family to enjoy an unforgettable Arizona day on the water.

BE CAREFUL if you use GPS.  Some units will take you to Rio Verde which is 2 hours out of the way.  

20808 E BARTLETT DAM RD

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST

 

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Corner of Basin and Skyline, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

At the base of Black Mountain, is a handsome Southwest style building – the Cave Creek Museum. Its roots are embedded in the pioneer traditions of neighbor helping neighbor. Begun as an historical society in 1968 by a small group of volunteers, the Museum took form when land was donated by Frank and Hazel Wright, and the old Episcopal Church was relocated to that site. Donations and gifts of local historical significance poured in.

In April of 1970 the museum opened its doors for visitors. The Museum, a largely volunteer organization, represents the dedication and generosity from the people in Cave Creek & Carefree. It is a pleasure to present the pre-history and history of peoples living life in the north desert foothills.

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37900 East Cave Creek Parkway, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, United States

Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert.

Ranging in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060, this desert oasis provides any hiker and equestrian majestic views. The Go John Trail loops around a mountain to provide the illusion of being miles away from civilization. In the 1870s, fever stricken gold seekers staked their dreams on the jasper-studded hills. Guided trails to these sites give visitors an opportunity to travel back in time.
Easy access just minutes from Cave Creek this park has covered picnic areas, tent and RV camping sites, as well as rest rooms and some of the areas best hiking trails. Open year round Sun – Thurs 6am-8pm; Fri-Sat 6am-10pm.
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37019 N. 32nd St. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 inside the Cave Creek Regional Park

Cave Creek Trail Rides has been offering family friendly trail rides in the Cave Creek Regional Park since 1999. We specialize in creating memories and fun for the whole family. We have great guides that will show you the beautiful Sonoran Desert and inform you of the flora, fauna, and history, while riding our gentle mountain horses. You can enjoy our scenic horseback rides in true cowboy fashion dressed up in our complementary boots, hats, and chaps! Don’t miss out on our gorgeous sunset rides! There is no better way to see the scenic mountains of North Phoenix than on the back of a gentle trail horse.

We are open from October through May, seven days a week with rides leaving throughout the day. We offer 1, 1 ½, 2, 2 ½, and 3 hour rides. Reservations are recommended and children must be 6 years old to ride. For more information regarding horseback riding, rates, or reservations, please visit our website at http://www.cavecreektrailrides.com or call us at 623-742-6700.

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Carefree, AZ, United States

Carefree is characterized by its charming small town feel and quaint street names like Ho Hum Road, Tranquil Trail and Easy Street. Downtown Carefree has quaint shops and boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and a small amphitheater that hosts the farmer’s market and cultural events. A very unique collection of small businesses that are individually owned means a personalized experience for all visitors. Browse one of many art galleries or enjoy a great meal under the open sky.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Gourd mask, art class, create, Easy Street Galleria, learn, Carefree ArizonaThe beauty of the natural environment in the Carefree / Cave Creek area inspires artists, musicians and writers. The two towns are committed to promoting the arts with festivals, public art installations and art galleries. Many artists live in the community and they have been joined by a significant number of fine art galleries. The galleries rival, and some say surpass, the galleries in Scottsdale and Sedona, for the quality and diversity of the art shown, and for the artists’ regional and national reputations.

The Carefree Cave Creek area is quickly becoming a valley favorite for all types of live entertainment featuring a very diverse variety of acts and events from which to choose. With nearly a dozen venues offering live entertainment several nights per week, Cave Creek’s entertainment district is red hot. All genres of music from original country to pop cover bands and jazz are featured. In addition to music, other live entertainment includes live bull riding, rodeo events, western dance lessons, stand-up comedians, concerts, car shows and live theater.

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P.O. Box 25455 Scottsdale, AZ

Arizona Musicfest enriches the quality of life through the presentation of world-class performances and outstanding music programs for youth.

Arizona Musicfest—America’s Premier Winter Music Festival—presents top artists of classical orchestral, chamber, opera, jazz, Broadway, country-western, blues, and pop music in exceptional programs (created especially for Arizona Musicfest) at venues throughout the scenic desert foothills of Scottsdale and Carefree.

At the heart of the Festival is the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Robert Moody, and comprised of musicians from the nation’s finest orchestras, including; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, and others. In addition, the Festival features the 100-voice Arizona Musicfest Chorus; and the Arizona Musicfest Chamber Players. A recent Chamber broadcast on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” caused the announcer to exclaim, “You gotta love those folks from Arizona!”

The Arizona Republic recently recognized Arizona Musicfest as “The Best Classical Music Festival” and regularly features its concerts in “Top Ten” Lists.

Arizona Musicfest Youth Education

Equally impressive, Arizona Musicfest is committed to broadening our musical footprint through extensive programs which enrich our area’s music education offerings, inspire our youth, and provide valuable and lasting investment in our community. Each year, 6,000 school children experience classical music exposure through Musicfest Minutes, a daily curriculum-based music lesson in area classrooms. Utilizing the emerging trend of using ukuleles to teach the fundamentals of music, Musicfest Strummers provides string instruments to 3rd through 6th graders throughout the Valley. In the fall of 2012, Musicfest Music Makers made its debut, introducing third and fourth graders to string, wind and brass instruments. Through the Festival’s exciting Katzen Jazz Program, area elementary students are provided with unique exposure to the Jazz repertoire, history and performance practice. The Arizona Musicfest Orchestra Outreach Program provides master classes for promising music students and music education forums for school assemblies. The Orchestra also introduces thousands of students each year to the experience of an orchestra rehearsal through a Festival Orchestra open rehearsal. Additionally, Arizona Musicfest maintains an Instrument Rental Program; hosts an annual children’s concert by the Phoenix Youth Symphonette; and sponsors the annual Cave Creek Unified School District’s One Voice concert.

Arizona Musicfest Programs for Young Musicians

In addition to providing accessibility to music instruction and exposure to classical music, performance opportunities for exceptional young Valley musicians (grades seven through twelve) are provided through the Young Performers Recital Series, the annual Young Artists Concertand the highly regarded Young Musicians Competition. Celebrating the talent of our area’s outstanding young musicians and investing in their future is also key to Musicfest. This commitment is best recognized through Arizona Musicfest Scholarship funds which annually help to underwrite the college education of outstanding student musicians pursuing degrees in music performance.

Please check out the other sections of the Arizona Musicfest website for the concert schedule/buying tickets; donation opportunities; attending special events; and information on our education and performance youth performance programs.

 

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Carolyn Enyon Singers, entertainment, choral group, chorale, performers, Carefree, Cave Creek, Arizona

Founded in 2007, the highly select 26 member Carolyn Eynon Singers perform around Arizona and New York City at Carnegie Hall in June, 2017.

They volunteer their rehearsal and performance time to offer a 6 series concert season as well as perform for Sporting events, Rotary, Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra, Susan Boyle concert at Orpheum, retirement homes, Phoenix Civic Center, private events, school concerts, Odyssea, and health care facilities.

The mission of the CES is to present inspiring, live concerts of North American choral composers, while offering affordable access to the arts to all ages. Their music includes patriotic, Broadway, folk, symphonic, new works, and spirituals  performed around the Valley. They are a non profit 501 (c)3 based out of Scottsdale but perform in Carefree, Phoenix, Glendale,and now, New York City. On June 16, they will join the 200 singers of the Phoenix Children’s Choirs at Carnegie Hall to perform international choral music. They look forward to singing for you and are for hire at business, civic, and educational opportunities.

Carolyn Eynon Singers; http://www.carolyneynonsingers.com for further info and tickets

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7100 E. Cave Creek Road, #144, Stagecoach Village, Cave Creek Arizona 85331

Discover the best creative resource in town.

Stop by the Sonoran Arts League’s CENTER FOR THE ARTS at Stagecoach Village, home to a gallery, gift shop, workshop space, open studio, art events, youth and veteran programs, as well as the new HQ for Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour.

A community experience and destination for enhancing lives and futures through art located in Cave Creek, Arizona.  Join a workshop or an open studio and experience an opportunity to create art and learn a new skill.  Come celebrate and support the power of art to enrich life, increase awareness, build community and add valuable skills.

We are growing in numbers and in programs.  The center also facilitates art events, festivals, exhibitions, shows, group activities and art experiences, and free veteran & youth art classes.   Join us at the center and “Be A Part Of The Arts”.

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3141 West Christy Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85029, United States

Since 1978. Professional Fine Art & Fine Craft Shows, RV- Boat Shows, Home & Garden Expos.

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34505 N. Scottsdale Raod, 2nd Floor, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

The Gallery at el Pedregal (6 galleries in el Pedregal)

The Sonoran Arts League has teamed up with The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona to bring the public an exceptional collection of artwork, art demonstrations, artists-in-residence, and art events – all in one beautiful place, “The Gallery at el Pedregal”.  The Gallery offers a rotating collection of one-of-a-kind juried works by League artists, art experiences for group outings, artists-in-residence, youth art and veteran exhibits, and other art events throughout the year. (34505 N. Scottsdale Road, second floor) The Gallery is open daily, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Every Friday, join us for a “Fine Art Fridays” – an ART WALK with featured artists demonstrating and a tour of 5 galleries throughout el Pedregal.

Monthly “Art Parties” held on the 3rd Saturday of every month, the Gallery brings a collaboration of 3 art disciplines:  culinary arts, performing arts and the visual arts – for a free afternoon of art experiences.

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LOCAL RECREATION

GOLFING

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.

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20808 Bartlett Dam Road, Carefree, AZ, 85331 United States

Located just 55 minutes from Tempe Town Lake on beautiful Bartlett Lake in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake Marina’s family atmosphere and beautiful surroundings makes it a wonderful location for your friends and family to enjoy an unforgettable Arizona day on the water.

BE CAREFUL if you use GPS.  Some units will take you to Rio Verde which is 2 hours out of the way.  

20808 E BARTLETT DAM RD

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST

 

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4532 E Lone Mountain, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Cave Creek’s only premier full service facility offering elite personal training services, childcare, yoga, Pilates, Zumba and over 100 group fitness classes per week.

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37900 East Cave Creek Parkway, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, United States

Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert.

Ranging in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060, this desert oasis provides any hiker and equestrian majestic views. The Go John Trail loops around a mountain to provide the illusion of being miles away from civilization. In the 1870s, fever stricken gold seekers staked their dreams on the jasper-studded hills. Guided trails to these sites give visitors an opportunity to travel back in time.
Easy access just minutes from Cave Creek this park has covered picnic areas, tent and RV camping sites, as well as rest rooms and some of the areas best hiking trails. Open year round Sun – Thurs 6am-8pm; Fri-Sat 6am-10pm.
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37019 N. 32nd St. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 inside the Cave Creek Regional Park

Cave Creek Trail Rides has been offering family friendly trail rides in the Cave Creek Regional Park since 1999. We specialize in creating memories and fun for the whole family. We have great guides that will show you the beautiful Sonoran Desert and inform you of the flora, fauna, and history, while riding our gentle mountain horses. You can enjoy our scenic horseback rides in true cowboy fashion dressed up in our complementary boots, hats, and chaps! Don’t miss out on our gorgeous sunset rides! There is no better way to see the scenic mountains of North Phoenix than on the back of a gentle trail horse.

We are open from October through May, seven days a week with rides leaving throughout the day. We offer 1, 1 ½, 2, 2 ½, and 3 hour rides. Reservations are recommended and children must be 6 years old to ride. For more information regarding horseback riding, rates, or reservations, please visit our website at http://www.cavecreektrailrides.com or call us at 623-742-6700.

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34250 N. 60th Street, Bldg. C, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

AMENITIES

Fitness Center, Cardio Equipment, Strength-Training Equipment

Circuit Training

Outdoor Pools, Family Warm-Water Adventure Pool, Warm-Water Lap Pool & Whirlpool

Gymnasium, Racquetball Courts & Aerobics Studio

Rock Climbing Wall

Amazing Kids Child Watch & Outdoor Play Area

Teen & Technology Center & Recording Studio

Locker Rooms & Family Changing Area

Youth Fitness  Room/Equipment

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