The 10 Best Things to do in Cave Creek, Arizona (AZ)

December 5, 2021 Madelene Haan

Cave Creek is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is 27 mi (43 km) northeast of Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 5,015.
Restaurants in Cave Creek

1. Arizona Balloon Safaris

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5.0 based on 372 reviews

Arizona Balloon Safaris

Join your host, Randy Long for an adventure above it all with a desert discovery tour by hot air balloon. Randy has personally flown over 20,000 delighted passengers since 1986, all with a perfect safety record. He has flown Shakira, Susan St. James and Mr. J.W. Marriott's 80th birthday party. You can be his next celebrity!

2. Windwalker Expeditions

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Windwalker Expeditions

Windwalker Expeditions has been guiding "private only" horseback excursions and wilderness adventures for visitors from all over the world for over 20 years. With access to hundreds of miles of wilderness trails we are able to "design" unique and challenging horseback rides to match any level of riding experience. These are awesome "private" rides and we do allow "trotting and cantering" depending on our guests experience level. (Trot & Canter---English or Western--Novice to Advanced) Windwalker is not a stable. we are completely mobile, this allows us the freedom to trailer our horses to various trailheads throughout the Sonoran Desert. With hundreds of miles of backcountry permits we will travel to some of the most exciting and diverse trail systems in the Sonoran Desert.

6140 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331-8618 +1 480-577-8426 [email protected] http://www.SaddleUpGallery.com
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Contemporary and traditional Fine Art that put you right in the west. Paintings, Bronze Sculptures, Pottery and more. We also carry gift items for all occasions.

4. Time To Ride AZ

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Time To Ride AZ

Time to Ride AZ is the closest self-guided ATV Rental shop to the Tonto National Forest. Which means you ride from the shop straight to the trail! All ATV’s and UTV’s are street legal, allowing the fun to start right away, no trailers needed. With an experienced staff with over 10 years in the industry come rent with confidence for a safe and family-friendly experience!!

5. Cave Creek Trail Rides

37019 N 32nd Street, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 +1 623-742-6700 [email protected] http://www.cavecreektrailrides.com
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5.0 based on 484 reviews

Cave Creek Trail Rides

Located just north of Phoenix, we offer a variety of horseback rides through the beautiful Sonoran Desert. All of our horses are gentle and experienced and take great care of our guests. We specialize in family friendly, safe horseback rides that are perfect for beginners and experienced riders alike. Our trails provide an excellent view of the Go John Mountains and the Phoenix valley below. We offer THE best horseback rides in the Phoenix area. Here at Cave Creek Trail Rides, we are known for our warm hospitality and our well cared for horses. Our guides are always friendly and courteous and love to share their knowledge about horses, the Sonoran Desert, and Cave Creek's history. Our horses are gentle, well mannered and always well cared for. Cave Creek Trail Rides offers a true western experience! We even include cowboy boots, hats and chaps to wear on your ride or just for great picture opportunities. We are dedicated to making your trail ride with us the highlight of your trip.

Reviewed By mifried - Chicago, United States

We had a wonderful one hour trail ride with Kailie. What set this ride apart was the path we went on-- it was quite hilly, narrow, and full of beautiful scenery, one of the more interesting trails that I have done on a beginner recreational ride. I also enjoyed learning about the horses that we were riding-- we learned some silly and interesting facts about them. Kailie was lovely to chat with in general. We had a small group and it did not feel like a "factory" although it was a busy period!

6. Trailhead Ranch

35013 N 49th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331-9021 +1 480-488-2251 [email protected] http://www.trailheadranch.net/
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5.0 based on 48 reviews

Trailhead Ranch

Trailhead Ranch is a trail riding facility that takes guests horseback riding around the beautiful Sonoran desert. Whether you are an experienced rider or have never ridden before, our horses (and guides) will take great care of you and give you an amazing experience in Arizona!

Reviewed By bearsfanxo - Troy, United States

My mother and I have been riding together since I was a small child and we decided to book a ride with Russ while we were in town. It was one of the best we have ever had! Russ is incredibly friendly, the scenery is beautiful, and his horses are well taken care of. Definitely recommend going with Trailhead Ranch if you are looking to ride.

7. Wild at Heart

31840 45 Street, Cave Creek, AZ 85331-5455 +1 480-595-5047 [email protected] http://www.wildatheartowls.org
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Wild at Heart

Reviewed By Maps51178036658

Wild at Heart is an amazing place, that does absolutely fantastic work with our native wildlife. I have been volunteering with them since the spring, and I just wanted to post on here a couple of updates! Although the weather is nice out right now, there are no walk-in/public hours in which you can tour the facility at this current time. Be sure you contact them if you are interested in seeing the facility They are not currently conducting tours or public hours due to COVID-19. Please be sure to contact them before arriving. The staff and volunteers are wonderful and accommodating. If you have an injured bird of prey that needs assistance, you can call the number in the listing as well.

8. Watson's Hat Shop

7100 E Cave Creek Rd Ste 148, Cave Creek, AZ 85331-4305 +1 480-595-9777 [email protected] http://www.watsonshatshop.com/
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Watson's Hat Shop

Watson's Hat Shop is a set back to the early 1900's of hat making. Using rare hat making equipment we manufacture all sorts of hats. We make everything from cowboy hats, fedoras, panama hats, golf hats, Aussie hats, and ladies hats. We are located on the northern border of Scottsdale in downtown Cave Creek, Arizona in the beautiful Stagecoach Village.

9. Spur Cross Ranch

44000 N Spur Cross Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331-7532 +1 480-488-6601 https://www.facebook.com/SpurCrossRanchConservationArea/
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Spur Cross Ranch

Reviewed By 57gwenc - Prescott, United States

This area displays the Sonoran Desert at its finest! The trails are wide and clearly marked. We hiked the Spur Cross to Dragonfly Trails. These take you across the Flowing Cave Creek on a wooden plant bridge, from the desert to the mountains with awesome views, through a saguaro forest, past petroglyphs , down to along a riverbed ( dry at this time of year) past an old mine tunnel and back up to a large dirt parking area approx 3.5 miles. There are many hiking trails and you can add to the length of your hike should you want to. The conservation area is staffed by volunteers who are extremely friendly and helpful. For $3 each they provide you with a trail map. If you’ve already paid to visit Cave Creek Regional Park or are camping there you don’t need to pay the fee. It is an amazingly beautiful area and we look forward to returning next year perhaps toward the end of February in hopes of seeing the desert wildflowers in full bloom.

10. Black Mountain Trail

Cave Creek, AZ 85327
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Black Mountain Trail

Reviewed By 468evat - San Diego, United States

This short trail is in the very center of town. While the 2.2 mile round trip hike is nearly all vertical on the way up, it is lovely. The trail is well marked and wide enough. At the top there is monument to war veterans. It is lovely on top and the views every step of the way up are divine!

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