Wed 11 Aug 2010
Written by Jeff
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Long before we moved to the Sonoran Desert, I had visited Cave Creek and Carfree a number of times. Cave Creek and parts of Carefree are “touristy” cowboy-style towns.
Hollywood just finished filming a movie in Cave Creek which is tentatively called “Queens of Country.” If you visit the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, AZ area), take time to visit Cave Creek/Carefree! I think the “Sundial Park (shopping center)” is a very good place to start.
As you enter the outskirts of Cave Creek, heading for the center of town you will see magnificent houses built into the sides of the mountains. Many of these are breathtaking and blend well with the terrain. There is an interesting house on one of the side streets that was constructed among a group of boulders (see below).
When you arrive at the Sundial Shopping Center, you will of course notice one of the largest sundials in the world.
There are also several statues like this one to remind visitors they are in cowboy territory.
There is a playground with a large Gila Monster slide which is fun when the weather is appropriate.
As you stroll the shops, notice the funky street names such as
Many of the stores will have interesting sidewalk displays.
There is a water feature that has real flowers in the spring. I think these are Irises, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
Not only is there a large sundial, there is also an easier-to-use smaller sundial.
There is much more to like about Cave Creek and I am sure if you start at the Sundial shops/park, you will launch your visit in style!
Here is some more information about the area if you are planning a trip!
Gardening on the Moon, www.gardeningonthemoon.com, originally published this post
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