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
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.
Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert.
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.
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.
Nestled in the beautiful Sonoran Foothills of Cave Creek, the Grace Museum was established by the legendary icon, Grace Voss Fredericks. One of the first women on television, she participated in many aspects of the entertainment industry including radio, Broadway, Vaudeville, etc.
She loved her Country and dedicated her Museum to its progress over the past 200 years. Enjoy the nostalgic history of her collections of Americana with a guided approximate 2-1/2 hour tour. Tours are by appointment only and groups need to be four or more persons.
$10.00 per person. Please call 480-488-9045 for reservations.
Family owned and operated for 40 Years.
Remember – Everybody rides free on their Birthday!
Located along a scenic drive east of Carefree, within the Tonto National Forest, the Sears Kay ruin is one of the area’s best examples of ancient Hohokam structure. The ruins contain 40 rooms and was home to more than 100 native peoples before it simply vanished. Remains include hand placed walls and paths of stone, carvings and glyphs. The view from the top is spectacular – Four Peaks, Weaver’s Needle, and the Superstition Mountains are easily visible on clear days. The hike to the top is about a 1 mile loop with an elevation change of 300 feet. It is not wheelchair accessible.
From Carefree, take Cave Creek Road/Seven Springs Rd./Forest Road (FR) 24 for 14 miles north to Sears Kay.
One of the best kept local secrets for hikers and nature lovers, Spur Cross is one of the newest additions to Maricopa County Regional Park System. The conservation area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert. The north Valley location, accessible from the town of Cave Creek (Spur Cross and Cave Creek Roads), contains fascinating archaeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. Remnants of early mining and ranching, from which the park gets its name, are still apparent in the park. This area is a must see for all wildflower lovers in the spring. The abundant vegetation present in the conservation area provides a rich habitat for a diverse assemblage of wildlife. Spur Cross is a hiker’s dream – there are many miles of terrain from easy to extremely difficult. Consult the ranger maps for details. Horseback riding and foot traffic on all paths, biking on limited paths – no ATVs or other motorized vehicles. Open year round Sun – Thurs 6am-8pm; Fri-Sat 6am-10pm.
The famous giant sundial has been attracting people to Carefree since 1959. At the time the sundial was built is was the second largest working sundial in the western hemisphere. Located in downtown Carefree this ancient time telling instrument measures 90 feet in diameter.
The sundial is made from a steel frame and covered in anodized copper. The metal gnomon, or shadow casting portion of the dial, stands 35 feet above the plaza and extends 72 feet. During sunrise or sunset this landmark makes for a spectacular photo opportunity.