Carefree & Cave Creek Cultural Sites

Editorial StaffSeptember 28, 2021
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Drive northeast to experience the theater and gardens of the desert.

Carefree Desert Gardens

Located along the pedestrian-friendly and aptly named Easy Street, this oasis is situated on 4 acres and boasts a variety of rare and unusual desert plant specimens. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour year-round to discover such desert dwellers as sweet acacia, ocotillo, golden barrel cactus, crested saguaro and Mexican fence post.

Downtown Carefree

Photo courtesy Alex Orozco

Carefree Sundial

Commissioned in 1959 for Carefree founder K.T. Palmer, this majestic structure continues to mark time today as one of the largest sundials in the U.S. Pointing to the North Star, the huge dial stands 35 feet above ground and uses the sun to indicate local time by the position the shadow casts upon the solar plaza. Grab a selfie and see for yourself! Downtown Carefree, adjacent to Carefree Desert Gardens and Amphitheater.



Cave Creek Museum

The nonprofit museum showcases an extensive collection of artifacts that depict the culture and legacy of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers in the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area. Open October through May.

6140 E. Skyline Dr., Cave Creek


Desert Foothills Theater

A program of the Foothills Community Foundation, the company has provided theater experiences in the northeast Valley since 1975. The 2021-22 season opens with High School Musical, Sept. 17-26, and continues with such favorites as War of the Worlds, The Music Man, Elf Jr., Fair Game, Les Misérables and Dear Edwina, with performance dates to be announced. Most productions are staged at The Holland Center.

34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale