Welcome to Cave Creek and Carefree
Just a short drive outside of Scottsdale and just west of Pinnacle Peak lie two of Arizona’s most picturesque and beloved communities. Cave Creek and its sister city Carefree have quickly become two of the state’s most desirable locations, with residents looking to enjoy the peaceful and quiet atmosphere as well as the idyllic historic charms presented in both neighborhoods.
Magnificent desert mountain views, picturesque rugged landscape, and village centers that have residents feeling like they’ve stepped back in time are just a few of the wonderful advantages of living in these highly attractive communities. Well known for their multi-acre properties and sprawling estate homes, residents here can rest assured that they’ll be living in the lap of luxury.
What to Love
- Stunning mountain views
- Historic and picturesque communities
- World-class amenities
Cave Creek and Carefree are both an eclectic blend of the old world and the new. Village streets are lined with five-star, world-class restaurants, western-style saloons, chic boutiques, and an array of recreational activities, ensuring that residents can enjoy the perfect day out no matter what they’re in the mood for.
There is also a distinct appreciation for the beautiful desert landscape around them, and residents can often be found enjoying the fantastic hiking trails, desert parks, and green spaces spread throughout both neighborhoods. Horseback riding and horse culture have also had a tremendous impact on local culture.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The dining scene in both Carefree and Cave Creek is as eclectic and vibrant as the rest of the fun atmosphere. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is definitely one of the most popular places in town. The classic western-style ranch is one of the most fun and exciting places in town, with live music, fantastic hand-crafted cocktails, and a great menu that includes everything from pizzas and calzones to chicken fried steak and barbeque beef brisket.
The Hideaway Grill is another local favorite and probably one of the most famous spots in town. Serving classic American comfort food, this biker joint menu includes beloved dishes like pizza fries, chili burgers, beer-battered fish sandwiches, and mouthwatering corndogs that guests absolutely adore.
Buffalo Chip Saloon, the winner of Phoenix's Best Saloon, is the place to be every Wednesday and Friday night if you’re looking to watch some of the best southwestern bull riding up close. Their menu includes an array of classic barbeque dishes like pit-smoked beef brisket, pork spare ribs, and Texas all-beef sausage. And, of course, guests need to make sure to take home as many sides as they can, especially the macaroni and cheese and honey butter biscuits.
Things to Do
In addition to the wide range of recreational activities available in the local area, Cave Creek and Carefree both hold several highly-anticipated events throughout the year. The Carefree Wine and Art Festival is a beloved event bringing both communities together. Known as a collector’s paradise, this wonderful festival brings together brilliant artists from around the country, showcasing some of the most exceptional talent imaginable.
Carefree also shows their support of fine arts through their yearly Art Walks, where guests are allowed to stroll, sip, dine, and enjoy a fun-filled evening wandering through the various galleries and boutiques throughout the town.
Cave Creek Rodeo Days are another popular event. With weeklong performances celebrating the history and culture of Arizona, these festivities attract rodeo lovers from around the world, creating an exceptional event that becomes the talk of the town year after year.
Both Cave Creek and Carefree are served by the Cave Creek Unified School District, which holds numerous highly-rated and award-winning elementary, middle, and high schools. There are also several widely regarded and nationally recognized private schools in the area, including the El Dorado Private School, which has been a leader in education for the last 50 years.