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Cave Creek Regional Park

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Cave Creek Regional Park is located just north of Phoenix in Cave Creek, Arizona. Camping, hiking and riding the horseback trails is like traveling back in time. In the early 1870s gold fever struck and miners came from all over to stake their mining claims in these Saguaro cactus studded hills and mountains. Along came cattlemen which was spawned the area known today as Cave Creek, Arizona.

Hiking or riding the trails of Cave Creek Park on horseback around and behind the mountains provides tranquility and thoughts of those days of the old west. As you roam the beauty of the upper Sonoran Desert, you can just imagine the serenity of life experienced by those early settlers who pioneered this frontier which evolved into the Town of Cave Creek AZ.

What You Will Experience At The Park

Hiking the trails of the park. Cave Creek Regional Park covers 2,922 acres of amazing beauty with elevations ranging from about 2,000 to 3,000 feet with high mountains in the background. There are 11 miles of maintained trails that range in difficulty from easy to difficult. Hikers can "bite-off what they can chew".

Beauty, tranquility and solitude are the attractions. As you hike in the natural beauty you will feel the illusion that civilization is no where to be found although a bustling metropolis is nearby. Choice of trails range from 0.2 miles to 5.8 miles with some featuring amazing views across horizons.

Biking, horseback riding, picnicking and camping. The trails are multi-use with mountain biking and riding the steeds permitted as well. Bring your own horses and use the horse staging area or rent a horse and take a guided horseback tour from Cave Creek Trail Rides which is conveniently located at the park.

The Campground features 38 individual campsites and a group camping area. All camping sites are on a first-come basis. Every site includes a parking area to accommodate RVs and trailers up to a 45 foot maximum length. Each campsite in the campground has a grill, electrical hookup, picnic tables and a fire ring.

A dump station, water, flush toilets and hot showers are available. Large groups can reserve the group campground which has a 2-acre parking lot, restroom with flush toilets, hot water showers, picnic tables under ramadas and a fire ring. Reservations require a fee and a commitment of six camping units.

Horseback Riding: Cave Creek Trail Rides

Convenience, Amenities and Fees

There is an on-site Visitor's Center where you can arrange ranger-led tours. Nominal entrance and camping fees apply. Contact the Maricopa County Parks Department for current fees, questions and upcoming events at the park such as stargazing with furnished telescopes. The park visitor center is open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM Sunday through Thursday and until 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.

Although the park is secluded, there is shopping and restaurants as well as service stations and stores for propane and supplies within a few miles of the park along Carefree Highway.

Directions To The Cave Creek Regional Park

From Central Phoenix: Take the I-17 Freeway north to Carefree Highway (State Route 74). Exit and travel east for about 7 miles to 32nd Street. Turn north on 32nd Street to the park entrance.

For More Information

Contact the park for current fees and other information.

Cave Creek Regional Park
37900 North Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, Arizona 85331
(623) 465-0431

Topics covered: Cave Creek Regional Park overview, map, camping, hiking, RV park, how to get there, equestrian trails and trail rides at the Park.

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