Cave Creek

Beautiful open spaces, 360-degree desert and mountain views and a historic community feel.

Welcome to Cave Creek

 
Keeping the Old West alive, Cave Creek offers easy access to Scottsdale and Phoenix world-class amenities, yet celebrates the abundance of desert scenery and historic ambiance that make it unique. Rustic in the most refined way, Cave Creek boasts great shopping and dining worth the slightly longer drive north from the metropolitan areas. Highly rated schools and a smaller population appeal to families seeking a quieter, affluent, suburban lifestyle. The name Cave Creek was, as expected, chosen for the cave that lies near a creek in the town’s original settlement area. Thanks to the creek, the town boasts a slightly cooler climate than other areas in the Phoenix/Scottsdale metropolitan area. 
 

What to Love About Cave Creek Real Estate 

  • Great schools
  • Sense of history and close-knit community
  • Easy access to desert, mountains, and forests
  • Excellent shopping and dining opportunities
      

Local Lifestyle

Styled after an old western town that harkens back to the history of the area, Cave Creek appeals to those who crave an outdoor lifestyle. From here, it’s easy to access the Sonoran Desert and Tonto National Forest, with their plethora of scenic hiking and horseback-riding trails plus three golf courses. Retirees and second-home owners enjoy the rural atmosphere and the year-round opportunities for warm-weather activities.  Cave Creek neighborhoods, including Hidden Valley, Rancho Manana, Willow Springs Estates, Mesquite Ranch, Tatum Ranch & Dove Valley Ranch, to name a few. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Start your day in Cave Creek at neighborhood favorite Local Jonny’s Tavern & Cafe, where you can sip coffee and indulge in a breakfast burrito or savory oatmeal, or stick around for a hearty lunch of jackfruit tacos or cowboy burger. Local Jonny’s can round out your day, too, with roasted Brussels, bottomless chips and salsa, chipotle chicken sandwiches, and southwest chicken pasta. 
 
After a day of desert hiking, biking, or horseback riding, indulge at The City Creamy, where homemade, small-batched, hand-crafted ice cream is made with rock salt and ice, five gallons at a time. For those who prefer consistency, there are 16 flavors on the board daily - or try one of the new varieties depending on the season. 
 
Keeler’s Steakhouse is a local favorite for its unpretentious, professional service in an upscale neighborhood social-house atmosphere. Indulge in Certified Angus Beef steaks, freshest available seafood, chicken, American comfort food, and more inside, on the large patio or beautiful courtyard, or roof-top deck.  
 
Celebrate a special occasion at Binkley’s, where you’ll start with snacks on the terrace before transitioning to the dining room for a multi-course feast showcasing local and specialty ingredients (think wild mushroom soup and cinnamon-roasted figs). There are just 20 seats available for one seating Wednesday through Saturday nights, so plan ahead for this exclusive Cave Creek experience. 
 
Shop for one-of-a-kind homewares and furnishings at Retablo, a celebration of Mexican folk art. Find unique pieces from various areas of Mexico, each with a distinctive style and heritage. The “perfectly imperfect” inventory is always changing, so you’ll never know what treasure you’ll discover.
 

Things to Do 

Cave Creek real estate invites an outdoor lifestyle, but also an appreciation for the area’s Old West roots. Learn about your locale at the Cave Creek Museum, where you’ll find ranch equipment, the first church of Cave Creek, the last-known Tubercular Cabin in Arizona (on the National Register of Historic Places), the restored Stamp Mill, used for cruising ore, museum gardens featuring Sonoran Desert native plants, and original works by local artists. 
 
Stretch your legs at Cave Creek Regional Park, 2,922 acres of upper Sonoran Desert landscape ranging in elevation from 2,000 to 3,060 feet. Take in the view as you hike or ride horseback on the Go John Trail - you’ll feel like it’s the 1870s, in the height of the Gold Rush. Or, head to the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, encompassing 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert area in the north valley, with fascinating archaeological sites and lush riparian sections of Cave Creek. The springtime wildflowers here are spectacular. 
 
Feel the spirit of local heritage at the week-long Cave Creek Rodeo Days, complete with a parade, rodeo dances, golf tournaments, and three action-packed PRCA Rodeo performances. And, every first Saturday of the month, don’t miss the Thieves Market, a renowned flea market attracting locals and visitors as they search for vintage goods, collectible, old-fashioned Western wear, and more.
 

Schools 

The Cave Creek and Deer Valley Unified School Districts offer several excellent educational opportunities, including: 
 
  • Lone Mountain Elementary School, K-6, highly rated public elementary school 
  • Sonoran Trails Middle School, 6-8, well-rated public middle school 
  • Desert Mountain School, PK-8, highly rated public elementary and middle school 
  • Cactus Shadows High School, 9-12, well-rated public high school


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