This day trip begins at Cave Creek and offers a peek into the not-so-distant past. Along the way, you see the Phoenix urban area at its most posh. Comfortable distances and good shopping make this a relaxing, easy trip. Although the desert northeast of Phoenix is rapidly being developed, the vast Tonto National Forest is just an arrowhead’s throw away. If you are concerned that this close-in desert is fast disappearing, remember that only 18 percent of Arizona is privately owned. Since most of the land belongs to the state and federal governments, hopefully much of it will be saved for posterity. Cave Creek is a funky little old town that has resisted urban flash, unlike its sister city, Carefree, which was built to attract the well-heeled.
There is an abundance of wild game in the area, including deer, wild pig, mountain lion, duck, quail, and dove, and opportunities abound for hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and rockhounding. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Phoenix. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.
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