It’s not often you can find a town like Cave Creek, Arizona that has preserved its wild west character so well after more than 100 years especially when its located so close to rapidly growing cities like Scottsdale and Phoenix.  But Cave Creek, established as a gold mining town and stopping point for the U.S. Cavalry in the mid 1870s, is not like most other towns.   While most of the buildings built in the 1800s are probably gone, many that are standing have been there longer than anyone can remember and are reminiscent of what things looked like in the Wild West so long ago.

Located high above Phoenix in the foothills of Black Mountain, Skull Mesa and Elephant Butte, Cave Creek has accomplished the nearly impossible task of maintaining its old west character and charm in an era of exponential growth within the metropolitan Phoenix area.  While Scottsdale has now become most deservedly known for its world class resorts, spas, and golf, and Phoenix for the Suns, Coyotes, Cardinals and Diamondbacks, and Tempe for ASU, Tempe Town Lake, and great Block Parties, their smaller friendly neighbor to the North, Cave Creek, has become one of the most recognized Western towns in the U.S. featuring several saloons, western shops, Rodeo Events, Galleries and live music.  In fact, live entertainment can be enjoyed almost nightly from national acts to home grown talent. Throw in some championship golf, several unique southwest jewelry shops and numerous other specialty stores and you have a must visit location just minutes but a time warp away from nearby Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.

The numerous saloons in Cave Creek thrive on activity as establishments such as Harold’s and the Buffalo Chip, and offer almost nightly events from live bands, poker tournaments, trivia, and charity casino events – all with a wild western flair and small town hospitality. The crowds are diverse with visitors and residents alike enjoying all that is unique in Cave Creek.  Other notable eateries in Cave Creek include Rancho Manana’s Tonto Bar and Grill which is part of the well known Rancho Manana Golf Club and Resort.  Tonto is located in an original building from the 1940’s Rancho Manana Dude Ranch.   During much of the year, the large, partially covered patio is nearly always full during lunch and dinner as the views are as good as the food.  The owner's of Tonto also operate the highly rated Cartwrights on Saguaro Hill located just a mile or so down Cave Creek Road. The Horny Toad Restaurant has some of the country’s best fried Chicken while the nearby Indian Village boasts some of the worlds best tacos although El Encanto Mexican Restaurant are mighty delicious as well and offer a unique patio surrounding a small pond with lots of ducks and turtles. The Cave Creek Smokehouse is popular as well located in Frontier Town as well as nearby Big Earls Greasy Eats.

Once you’ve eaten, you can stroll around and visit any one of Cave Creek’s numerous galleries or seek out many of the town’s unique shops featuring southwestern gifts, clothing, furniture and house wares.  The Town Dump has one of the largest assortments of pottery, rustic antiques and numerous other unique items that can probably only be found in Cave Creek.

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The Cave Creek Visitors Guide

is designed to provide direct links to all visitor related Cave Creek, Arizona business websites. We also provide links to upcoming event websites in the area as well as photos of various events in the Cave Creek area.  Please feel free to email us photos of an event you’d like to see posted.  If you know of a visitor related business that is missing or has a website and is not linked, please let us know.  You can reach us at info@cavecreekvisitorsguide.com