Cave Creek Recreation Area

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Cave Creek Recreation Area
Cave Creek Regional Park Campsite

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Cave Creek Regional Park is a great place to go camping during fall to spring. The Campground is located close to Phoenix, Anthem and the towns of Cave Creek and Carefree for those road-tripping across the Southwest US. For those looking to stargaze, the campground is north of the bright city lights ad offers much better views than just a few miles south.  Horseback riding and hiking are the main attractions here and there are several horse staging area in the park (see Below).

Camping

The Family Campground consists of 44 campsites for tent or RV camping. The average site size is 40′; however, pull through sites may accommodate up to a 60′ RV with water and electrical hookups,
a picnic table and a barbecue fire ring. Cave Creek Regional Park provides immaculate restrooms with flush toilets and hot water showers. A dump station is available for use by registered campers at no additional cost.

Please note that Cave Creek Regional Park no longer has a Group Campground.

Campsites

All of the campsites are developed, and include:
• Electrical and water hookups
• Picnic table and fire pit
• Park restrooms with hot showers
• Dump station in Park​

To view current camping fees, please visit the fees page.

Hiking

Cave Creek Regional Park offers over 11-miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 0.2 miles to 5.8 miles and range in difficulty from easy to difficult.

If you are looking for an easy, relatively short hike the Slate Trail is recommended. If you are looking for a longer, more difficult hike, try the 5.8-mile Go John Trail. The trails within the Cave Creek Regional Park are very popular, with dramatic elevations and spectacular views of the surrounding plains.

All trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. All trail users are encouraged to practice proper trail etiquette. Always remember to carry plenty of water and let someone know where you are going.​

Directions

Head towards 32nd Street on Carefree Highway and turn North onto 32nd Street.  Drive 1.75 miles to the park entrance on the left.

Horseback Riding

As with all Maricopa County Parks, equestrians are welcome into the park riding their own horse and must stay on designated trails. All trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. All trail users are encouraged to practice proper trail etiquette.

Horse Staging Area
A staging area for your horse(s) is available at this park. Please view our maps section for available trails.

Trails
Cave Creek Regional Park offers over 11 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 0.2 miles to 5.8 miles and range in difficulty from easy to difficult.

If you are looking for an easy, relatively short hike the Slate Trail is recommended. If you are looking for a longer, more difficult hike, try the 5.8-mile Go John Trail.

The trails within the Cave Creek Regional Park are very popular because of the dramatic elevations which offer spectacular views of the surrounding plains.

All trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. All trail users are encouraged to practice proper trail etiquette.

Always remember to carry plenty of water and let someone know where you are going.

Horseback Riding Stables

Step back in time, as we share the mining history of the Cave Creek Regional Park. Paint a memory-making picture of pioneer life ranching and mining in this area 150 years ago. Enjoy vistas of the human world of Phoenix or the wide-open empty space of the desert. Our knowledgeable guides will educate you on the unique desert flora and fauna of the Arizona Desert.

Visit Cave Creek Trailrides or call 623-742-6700 for pricing and more info. Cave Creek Trail Rides is a recreation service partner with Maricopa County Parks and Recreation