Cave Creek Regional Park is located in the north Phoenix area and has beautiful scenery with buttes (small little hills or mountains), tons of different species of cacti and lots of walking trails. There are almost 3,000 acres to this park which include campsites for tent and RV camping with water and electric hookups, and restrooms with flush toilets and hot water showers.
Cave Creek Regional Park has over 11 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding and even has a Clay Mine! A full building nature center with an education center and store and restrooms are available too. On-site horseback riding is available too!
Getting to Cave Creek Regional Park will take about an hour from Surprise, but it is a relatively easy drive via the 303 and i-17. GPS can be a little crazy at times and the signage to Cave Creek Regional Park could have been a little bit better, however, East Carefree Highway to 32nd Street will get you there. 32nd Street almost seems not so “street” like and is a bit rural and residential, but it is beautiful to drive to.
Driving into the park you will reach a booth to pay. 2019 pricing is $7 per car if not staying overnight. There are campsites available as stated above for extra fees. Check the Cave Creek Regional Park Website for information regarding fees and availability.
A Nature center is available to check out, which also houses bathrooms and a small store.
This is such a gorgeous facility!
A few little things to purchase, an education center with items against the wall and a screen for shows. There was also a ranger to answer questions as well.
An injured Gila monster was on display at Cave Creek Regional Park in the Nature Center. I never knew they were venomous!
If you go out the back door of the Nature Center towards the hiking trails you will find a pollinator garden. There was also a nice patio with fire pit and grill and some seating as well.
From this view you can also see two small little tents that have the playgrounds underneath them.
There were people who were working on this little stream as we were visiting, and it looked so cool! I think it will help invite many more pollinators and people to enjoy the lush surroundings!
A beautiful amphitheater was also available right outside of the Nature Center on the way to the Overton Trail.
We took the Overton Trail just a little way to the Playground to check it out. Unfortunately, there was rain coming in so we weren’t able to do much hiking, but I found that the trail was sandier than the White Tanks and Buckeye Regional Park .
One thing to note is that the horses are on the trails, so you will need to watch out for horse “landmines”! Cave Creek Regional Park is also home to a Clay Mine, and there are tours! Check the Cave Creek Regional Park’s Website & Facebook page for their events and details.
The kids got to meet a few of the horses on the trail and give them a pet too! Giddyup!
My husband points out the Jumping Cholla. Don’t step too close or it will come out and get you. Make sure you bring water too. I loved the sandy trails instead of the rocks and pebbles!
Absolutely beautiful views! And, yes, lots of jumping cholla!
There were amazing picnicking areas off of the Overton trail, as well as a basketball court, sand volleyball court and of course the playground!
The Playground had two different shaded areas, and there were more picnic areas above it. Even better was that the bathroom was right next to the playground!
I love the whimsical desert themed play equipment in all of the county parks. The cactus swings, the scorpion slide, the saguaro climber and rocky slide.
The restrooms close to the playground are a parents dream. The rope climbing and wall climbing made our Munchie feel like he was in heaven.
We didn’t get a chance to do as much hiking as we would have liked, but this park is amazing for so many reasons! With horses right on site, plus the 11 miles (plus) of trails and a mine to explore and learn about, Cave Creek Regional Park is just an amazing place to go. I kept telling my husband “It is just so beautiful around here!”. You can look towards Phoenix, or just look at the hills (buttes) and all the different types of cacti!
Cave Creek Regional Park
37900 E. Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, AZ 85331