Cave Creek

Cave Creek, Arizona

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The City of Cave Creek: Overview

Cave Creek is a suburban town just 27 miles northeast of Phoenix, Arizona. Located near the foothills of Black Mountain and Elephant Butte, this small suburban city of about 5,000 residents offers locals a rural setting with plenty of historic charm. Established as a gold mining town and stopping point for the U.S. Cavalry in the mid-1870s, Cave Creek has maintained its Wild West character through local events, businesses, rodeos, dude ranches, horseback trails, historic structures, western shops, saloons, and music.

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Cave Creek is a small town that’s known for preserving its western history and charm thanks to its gold mining roots that date back 100 years ago. Cave Creek is filled with historic structures, restaurants, and events that are reminiscent of the Old Wild West days. The town celebrates its authentic western heritage with its Cave Creek Wild West Days event, which is one of the largest western celebrations that welcomes more than 10,000 visitors each year. Wild West Days feature a cattle drive, parade, dances, pig races, bull riding, and music.

Although Cave Creek is known for its western roots, this suburban town does come with a higher price tag. The cost of living in Cave Creek is higher than the national average and housing is the biggest factor. Median home prices are higher in Cave Creek than in nearby cities like Scottsdale. While housing is expensive and the Maricopa County property taxes are lower than the national average, homeowners in Cave Creek do not pay municipal property taxes.

Cave Creek is a car-dependent town and a majority of residents who commute to work drive their own vehicles. Residents also have rideshare and carpooling options available that they can find through local online directories and websites. Although there are no public transit services in Cave Creek, residents can drive to light rail stations or bus lines at the 101 Loop to get to other places in the Phoenix metro area. For long-distance travel, residents can get to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in about 40 minutes.

Cave Creek is served by the Cave Creek Unified District, which has some of the best schools in the district. Residents with school-aged children have several public school options to choose from including Sonoran Trails Middle School, Black Mountain Elementary School, Lone Mountain Elementary School, Boulder Creek High School, and Cactus Shadows High School. Other options include the Desert Sun Academy, which offers developmental preschool programs as well as French immersion, STEAM, and world language instruction.

Cave Creek is filled with a variety of attractions so there’s plenty of things to do in this small suburban town. The Cave Creek Museum features preserved artifacts and informative exhibits about the desert foothills as well as its culture and legacy. For sports and entertainment, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is one of the largest Pittsburgh Steelers bars in the nation and shows every Steelers game on its vast TV screens. The Cave Creek Rodeo is a popular event that establishes the town’s western identity with bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, and bull riding. Outdoor adventurers will also have plenty of things to do in Cave Creek. The city is home to Gateway Desert Awareness Park that offers self-guided tours about the naturally occurring plant life in the Sonoran desert. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is another outdoor paradise that has more than 2,000 acres of rugged upper Sonoran Desert that’s perfect for horseback riding, hiking, wildlife viewing, and much more.

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