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Cave Creek Regional Park


37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Ph: 623-465-0431 
Fax: 623-465-9284

Park Hours
Sun-Thu: 6am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 6am-10pm
- 365 days a year

From central Phoenix, take I-17 north to Carefree Hwy (SR 74). Exit Carefree Hwy. and travel east to 32nd St. (7 miles). Turn north on 32nd St. to the Cave Creek Regional Park entrance.

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Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert.  Ranging in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060, 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.


Cave Creek Regional Park offers a Day-Use Picnic Area and a Group Picnic Area. The day use picnic area has 51 individual picnic sites, each providing a table and barbecue grill. 

Drinking water and restrooms are available in the Day-Use Area and sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For large groups wanting to picnic together, weddings, or office parties, consider renting a ramada.

Cave Creek Regional Park has four large ramada areas with picnic tables, barbecue grills, drinking water, electrical outlets, campfire pits and a nearby playground.

These ramadas can be reserved for a fee in four-hour increments. If not marked as reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Ramada #2 - six picnic tables
  • Ramada #3 - six picnic tables
  • Ramada #4 - four picnic tables
  • Ramada #5 - four picnic tables


Cave Creek Regional Park offers over 11 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 0.2 miles to 5.8 miles and range in difficulty from easy to difficult.

If you are looking for an easy, relatively short hike the Slate Trail is recommended. If you are looking for a longer, more difficult hike, try the 5.8-mile Go John Trail.

The trails within the Cave Creek Regional Park are very popular, with dramatic elevations and spectacular views of the surrounding plains.

All trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. All trail users are encouraged to practice proper trail etiquette.

Always remember to carry plenty of water and let someone know where you are going.


  • Clay Mine: 0.8 mi hike/bike only west of Clay Mine
  • Flume: 1.6 mi
  • Go John: 5.8 mi loop
  • Jasper: 0.2 mi
  • Overton: 1.9 mi
  • Slate: 1.6 mi

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