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Cave Creek / Carefree


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These two adjacent towns are located north of Phoenix, high in the Sonoran desert. Carefree is a resort town with million-dollar homes, golf courses, upscale restaurants, and many part-time residents. Cave Creek is an eclectic area with an Old West character, saloons, and galleries. Both towns draw many visitors.

Expect a desert lifestyle far from any large downtown. Carefree has a resort feel and more million-dollar homes. Cave Creek is a very Old West with many attractions. Both areas are very protective of their open desert and don’t encourage booming growth. Cave Creek’s saloons and galleries draw a lot of day visitors. Carefree is a retreat for the wealthy.


Carefree and Cave Creek are tucked into some of the most beautiful high desert landscape in the Valley with recreational opportunities throughout. Cave Creek Regional Park, the Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve and Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area all are nearby or smack dab in the middle of the communities and offer myriad trails for hiking, mountain biking and running. And just a few miles away, Bartlett Lake Marina offers rentals of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and motorized crafts for water sports or fishing.


This small enclave is relatively wealthy and overwhelmingly white, non-Hispanic. Residents of Cave Creek and Carefree are well-educated and rely heavily on public schools. Most homes were built in the 1980s or 1990s. Carefree (85377) residents have the lowest school-dropout percentage in the Valley.