Cross roads with names such as "Bloody Basin" and "Mule Train Road" enable a person to imagine life in a by-gone era.
Besides offering interestingly named side roads, Cave Creek Rd. is very scenic. We were fortunate enough to see desert plants in bloom (see photo at right).
Though we passed signs stating "Javelina Crossing" and "Deer Crossing", we did not spot any of these animals. We were lucky enough to see the desert in bloom in spring 2006.
Located at a higher elevation than Phoenix, Carefree can get snow in winter. This is a rare treat for people living in or visiting the area. We visited the area in winter 2007 and saw a beautiful landscape of snow on cacti. See slide 3 above.
Cave Creek "Old West" is the theme of Cave Creek, Arizona. Many interesting restaurants and shops line the main road, including a restaurant that promises "real cowboy food" and shops
named "The Town Dump" and "Horny Toad". Frontier Town, located along the Carefree Highway, takes one back to the days of
the old west. The Grand Hotel offers "Western Theme" rooms. The Cave Creek Museum exhibits artifacts, tools and other items from the days of the old west.
Carefree Fine art and dining, outdoor music concerts and beautiful parks can be found in Carefree. The Sun Dial Plaza provides
a beautiful park, Spanish village and an English Tea House, plus many other fine shops and restaurants.
Tucked away in the hills north of Scottsdale, this is truly a beautiful community.
Fabulous reviews of nearby places:
Cave Creek Regional park
Camp Verde & Fort Verde
Pioneer: Living History Museum