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Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Maricopa County maintains a network of 12 regional parks around the Phoenix area. Cave Creek is one of five that have a campground. The park is a great destination for picnicking, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. Set in a classic Sonoran Desert environment, the park features large saguaro cacti, cholla, brittlebush and other hardy plants. The brittlebush (Encelia species) is spectacular in its late March bloom of yellow daisies.

Picnic facilities include over 50 individual first-come, first-served picnic sites and four reservable ramadas. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails are available and include a large staging area with room for horse trailers. The nature center has animal exhibits and other educational materials.

The most popular hike in the park is the Go John Trail, a 5.8-mile loop that follows a marvelous path around two of the park’s peaks. The trail also intersects with other trails like the Overton Trail and Quartz Trail to form shorter loops.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Nice campground. Great trails. Lots of picnic sites.

Cons

None.

Features

ADA accessible
Campgrounds + Campsites
Showers
Flushing toilets
Mountain biking
Bicycling
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Horseback riding
Playground

Site type

Full hookups

Location

Field Guide

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