Getting to Cave Creek Regional Park:
From central Phoenix, take I-17 north to Carefree Hwy (SR 74). Exit Carefree Hwy. and travel east to 32nd St. (7 miles). Turn north on 32nd St. to the Cave Creek Regional Park entrance. Map
What You Will See:
Cave Creek Regional Park is a 2,922 acre preserve located just off the Carefree Highway. It's a beautiful preserve with hills to climb for valley views, a new visitor's center and easy flatlander trails for equestrians and hikers alike.
Hiking and Biking:
There are 11 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. We chose the Go John Trail and headed up the trail, enjoyed the view at the lookout and then hiked back down again. We then headed out the Slate trail to see an unusual malformed Saguaro Cactus
All trails are multi-use. You can bring your own horse as there is a horse staging area. Or rent a horse from Cave Creek Trail Rides located at the park. Website
There is a nice, fairly new Visitor Center at the Park. Ranger-led educational tours and events are available. Call for more information: 623.465.0431.
Open daily. Sun-Thu: 6am-8pm, Fri-Sat: 6am-10pm
$6.00 entrance fee per car.