~Next 2022 park visit – Cave Creek Regional Park

~Cave Creek Regional Park is located in Maricopa County in Cave Creek, AZ.

We have visited this park many, many times over the years. The park is known for camping, hiking, birding and stargazing just to mention a few.

Here is a blurb from the park’s  website.

Welcome to Cave Creek Regional Park. The park, which is located north of Phoenix, became part of Maricopa County’s regional park system in 1963. This 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert and ranges in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060 feet. This desert oasis provides any hiker and equestrian majestic views. The Go John Trail loops around a mountain to provide the illusion of being miles away from civilization. In the 1870s, fever stricken gold seekers staked their dreams on the jasper-studded hills. Guided trails to these sites give visitors an opportunity to travel back in time.

If one is so inclined to venture out of the regional park you are within easy access to Cave Creek, Carefree, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. But, truly why would you want to leave the park? You’re there to enjoy nature. Right?

Well, perhaps, to grab a bite to eat. One of my favorite places to eat in Cave Creek is Harold’s.  According to their website it has been around since 1935. If you like the feel of an old, western style place serving great food try Harold’s. Here is a bit of their history: https://haroldscorral.com/about/harold-s-history/

If you enjoy watching a sunset and stargazing, Cave Creek is one of the best locations for these activities.

Well, I had to try.

One of my favorite things about this park is the variety of birds that call this area home. And, one of my treasured  things to do is to take photos of them. A few from this visit.

Black-throated Sparrow
Gambel’s Quail

Where to next…..


9 thoughts on “~Next 2022 park visit – Cave Creek Regional Park”

  1. I will definitely be checking out this park for a stay Sheila. I have been looking for places in Arizona to take the MH for mini-vacations. Neither Joe or I want to journey to far from home these days. This sounds perfect! Your photography never disappoints…Gay

    1. You live in an area with so many gorgeous places to camp. I hope you get to visit them all!

      You might have heard of these, but I will mention them.
      ~Usery Mountain Regional County park – https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/usery-mountain-regional-park-um/

      ~Lost Dutchman State Park – https://azstateparks.com/lost-dutchman

      ~McDowel- https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/ https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

      ~Lake Pleasant – lake-pleasant-regional-park/l Mountain State Park –

      ~Pichaco Peak State Park – https://azstateparks.com/picacho

      You probably know about Catalina State Park!

      I wanted to mention a guy’s name to you. He writes about and lives in Cottonwood, AZ. His name is Roger Naylor. He also visits different areas in AZ and gives presentations. Here is his FB page – https://www.facebook.com/RogerNaylorinAZ

      Website: https://www.rogernaylor.com

      I follow him on FB.

  2. Thank you Sheila. I made notes! And I made reservations for Cave Creek next month. Would you believe, after following Sue, Dave and LEWIS, I got to meet them at Cave Creek. They were camping there at the sometime as us.

    1. Hi, so glad you got to see two new birds. I keep a Birding Life List and so enjoy adding new sightings to my list. Thanks for commenting! Hope you are having a great day.

        1. That’s a smart way to keep track of what you are seeing and a good use of an old birding book. I started using a spreadsheet many years ago so I just keep using that. Years ago I keyed in all the birds and now log in date and location when I see a new bird.

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