Cave Creek Regional Park
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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valinreallife
Silver City, NM128 contributions
Dec 2019
Cave Creek Regional Park was our first experience in Maricopa County parks and it's an amazing park. The park is very well-kept and brimming with ways to enjoy the landscape. 

Our site was level and spacious with easy access for our 50' of truck and toy hauler. The bathrooms and showers were always clean and we never encountered a line or wait to use them, even in peak season which was a surprise.

I'm thoroughly impressed by the park system. It's very well run and drive-throughs by the county deputies multiple times give an added sense of safety and security. Multiple camp hosts keep things running smoothly.

The price point for partial hookups would normally be a negative in other places. But given how wonderful these parks are, the free showers, dump station, and the popularity of the park system, it's reasonable. 

The reservation system can be cumbersome if you're trying to piece together your stay since you reserve specific spaces and you sometimes have to move within the park to get the nights needed for your visit. But it is doable but definitely reserve well in advance since they are in such high demand at certain times of the year.
Written June 28, 2020
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amelulu
Hartland, WI144 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Another Cave Creek gem for hiking offering a trail for every skill level.

These trails are popular as they offer great views. Some of the trails are shared with horseback riders.

There is a daily entrance fee of $7 / car and there is a nature center with full bathroom service.

Written May 2, 2021
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Ginny S
Lexington, KY50 contributions
Aug 2019
We loved our hikes in the park and my kids loved the desert themed playground! The cactus swing was their favorite. The views in the park are amazing and I LOVE all the saguaro cacti. We were there in August so it was hot but a great early morning activity. The desert is just amazing. The park is a great place for mountain bikers as well. My kids enjoyed watching them on the trails. The nature center is awesome and the Gila monster and rattlesnake were really fun. The volunteer was great with information about the area for us. We are from the eastern part of the U.S. so the desert was a whole new experience for my 3 kids.
Written May 21, 2020
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worms2u
Washington DC109 contributions
Feb 2020
Made the mistake of coming here with expectation of an hour or two of just casual roadside site-seeing and paid $7 to enter, only to drive a short loop and leave about 30 minutes later. Looks like a popular and good destination for horseback riding and there are some significant hiking trails. It looks to be a good destination for overnight RV stays. For a casual, easy walk (rather than hiking per se), the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area nearby seemed more approachable, perhaps more interesting, and free (but very limited parking).
Written February 23, 2020
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K5637SAdenises
Winnipeg, Canada33 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Car load is 7.50 to enter park. We.brought friends here with 3 small kids 8,5,2 and it was great to check out their mini zoo. Some live snakes and scorpions are on display. Clean Washrooms are available. We walked along the paths and found some caves and other sites. Bring lots of water.
Written March 6, 2020
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Brian Redd
Phoenix, AZ30 contributions
May 2020
What a great place to hike! Especially now with social distancing, the park, at least when I was there, was pretty empty. I think it's because of the $7 entry fee. If you have a Maricopa County pass or don't mind paying the fee, I highly recommend it! One thing, the park is pretty big, so I'd recommend downloading the app, Avem. It will help you find all park amenities including camp sites!
Written June 15, 2020
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mojomo
Texas6,377 contributions
May 2020 • Family
Needed to get out and stretch our legs and still maintain some social distancing.

So we drive to Cave Creek regional park.

This was late afternoon and Mother’s Day Sunday, so thankfully not many people there.

The parking slots near the trails and restrooms were marked off with cones so that it was every other space, unlike what we’d encountered over at McDowell Preserve & Lost Dog Wash trail.

We used a bathroom facility that had good air flow and regular toilets, sink & hand soap dispenser.

The parkland is very nice. Lots of Saguaro peppered around. Also noted lots of chollo and fish hook cacti.

We saw wild rabbits & a few lizards dart across the roads and trails.

We got there late enough in the afternoon that the mountains formed some shade on the trail.

We took the Go John trail and I loved the fact that it was not so rocky that you could actually look around and enjoy the scene, rather than have to constantly watch your step. We did some of that (watching our steps) too, just as a precaution against possible rattlesnakes. Thankfully we did not see any.

The trail was really nice and clearly marked, although I don’t think it indicated the length. It was a good gradual accent, not too difficult, that allowed for nice views.

My only gripe was the gnats/flies. I assume that is what they were. They were extremely pesky! My daughter in particular was swarmed. We had no bug spray, so my husband put sunscreen on her legs. Not sure if that helped. They did not bother me as much. As soon as I realized they were not biting or stinging, I tried to ignore them.

We only walked about 40 minutes on the trail because of these.

As we headed out of the park, the view was great. There were streaks of scattered showers streaming here & there. Lightning off in the distance.

Saw some saguaros in bloom!
Written May 11, 2020
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T.C.
Massachusetts24 contributions
Oct 2019
Free parking and entry with a wonderful visitor center. Make sure to bring lots of water and wear comfortable shoes. Even though many parts are rocky, there are low-impact trails (make sure to grab a guide map!). I have knee problems and was able to enjoy a long hike. We saw lots of little lizards and a tarantula hawk!
Written June 29, 2020
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JimRiesterer
Edina, MN4,622 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
A wonderful and relaxing walk amidst towering saguaro cactus along a creek.

My wife located this on a hiking app and as we were looking for something not too strenuous (I had a cold) and we were up near carefree anyway, sought this out, you find it along a gravel road and there is a small parking lot (maybe trim for 12 cars). Enter the trail by goingg through the iron gate. There are a couple of different circular routes -all well marked. We went on the longer, Dragonfly trail that walked along tHe ridge before decenting down to the creek. There were two Stream crossing with small wooden bridges placed over the 6” deep water. (I tHink it may have rained recently when we were there in late January).

We spent maybe an hour on our hike. Parts of the trail are quite rocky so you’ll want sturdy shoes and there is some modest up and down but definitely on the easy side so this is fine for all ages. As with all trails a bring some water.

The best part of the walk is through towering cactus-easily 50 feet high all with crazy gnarled limbs. We got some great pictures.

Highly recommended
Written January 19, 2020
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B0bK
United States19,451 contributions
Nov 2021
We camped here for a week and LOVE the place. Sites are for the most part very large and secluded from your neighbor. The park offers lots of bike, hiking, and horse trails.
Great place to stay when exploring the area.

BObK
Written November 16, 2021
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Cave Creek Regional Park is open:
  • Sun - Thu 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM