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Phoenix — By heather on September 11, 2009 at 10:00 am

Daytrip to Carefree and Cave Creek

What Path will you take?
Located in Carefee, Arizona (note the town name), this sign always makes me chuckle.  Do you have what it takes to drive down Bloody Basin Road or will you chicken out and simply take Tranquil Trail? Considering that other street names in Carefree are more in tune with it’s name; Easy Street, Sunset Trail and my favorite the corner of Ho and Hum, this option definitely makes you think … Am I feeling lucky?

A drive north of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Carefree is what the real Sonoran desert looks like complete with saguaros, boulders on mountainsides and coyotes.  The town is next to Cave Creek and has almost 3,700 residents.  It’s the perfect day trip for locals and visitors alike.

Here are a few things that will make the trip to Carefree and Cave Creek worth the drive:

Entrance to El Encanto

Entrance to El Encanto

Places to Eat
Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbeque
El Encanto’s
Cafe Bink
The Spotted Donkey
Carefree Station

Good People Watchin’ Spots
Cave Creek Coffee Company
Big Earl’s

El Pedregal
Spanish Village

Sunset at Cave Creek Regional Park

Sunset at Cave Creek Regional Park



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