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. 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 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. Cave Creek features 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.
Establishments such as Harold’s Corral that has been around for over 80 years bring in crowds that are diverse with visitors and residents alike enjoying all that is unique in Cave Creek. Rancho Manana’s Tonto Bar and Grill which is part of the well known Rancho Manana Golf Club and Resort has been nationally recognized by Opentable.com as one of the Top 100 Al Fresco dining experiences in the country for 3 years in a row. Tonto is located in an original building from the 1940’s Rancho Manana Dude Ranch. Other notable eateries include Cartwrights Modern Cuisine, The Horny Toad Restaurant and Big Earls Greasy Eats are all popular as well. In fact, the only national restaurant brand in Cave Creek is the locally owned Dairy Queen which is very popular too!