Where to Camp and Rope North Phoenix

Where to rope, camp and play around Cave Creek and Scottsdale.

Kari deCastro Photo

Cave Creek may be among the original roping hot spots in the Valley of the Sun with venues like Dynamite Arena, which began hosting jackpots all the way back in the 1970s. The town motto is “Where the Wild West Lives” and the town lives up to that moniker, making it a great place for ropers to land for the winter. Along with Cave Creek venues, nearby locales New River/Desert Hills, as well as Scottsdale, provide plenty of opportunities to rope and enjoy the great winter weather. Check thearizonajackpot.com for jackpot dates and times as well as producers’ Facebook pages.

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Yost Events’ Dynamite Arena

27619 North 42nd Street, Cave Creek

406-977-6226 for stalls and RVs 

DynamiteArena.com
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• Two arenas
• Limited stalls and RV spaces
• Weekly jackpots (senior-only days) and specialty ropings; tack shop

Winchester Ranch

27619 North 44th Street, Cave Creek

602-882-1320: contact Roger

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• One arena (adjacent to Dynamite Arena) and round pen
• Boarding and RV hookups
• Arena rental available
• Nearly 6,000 acres of open riding

Ponderosa Arena

39206 North 15th Avenue, Phoenix

208-989-7448 for RVs and stalls

• One arena
• RV hookups and pens, sold out for the season
• Practice sessions TBD

Rio Rancho Verde

14307 East Hawknest Road, Scottsdale

480-227-0568; rioranchoverde.com

• One arena
• RV hookups and casitas; open-air barn, indoor stalls; round pen; wash rack
• Laundry room
• Nearly 62 acres of Scottsdale Sonorana 
• Desert Preserve & Tonto National Forest for 215 miles of riding trails


Other Non-Profit Arenas

Memorial Arena Rodeo Grounds

37201 North 28th Street, Cave Creek

480-488-6622

Larkyn Memorial Arena at New River Kiwanis Park

48606 North 17th Avenue, New River

602-739-1235; newriverkiwanis.org

• Arena is part of an 80-acre park, open from dawn to dusk
• Arena, available for open riding unless booked for special events with a $5 donation
• Team roping practices on Wednesdays and Fridays, occasional jackpots
• Dry camping for overnights, temporary stalling, restrooms
• Mounted shooting events


Entertainment

For the daredevil, try Extreme Arizona (480-488-8529; extremearizona.com). to rent dirt bikes, ATVs, Jeeps and more and head out for self-guided tours of the Sonoran desert. 

The Ben Avery Shooting Range (623-582-8313; azgfd.com), off the Carefree Highway and I-17, is the largest publicly operated shooting facility in the U.S. The 1,650-acre facility hosts the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual Outdoor Expo in early April and offers target shooting opportunities for beginners and experts alike including clay targets and archery ranges. 

Need less adrenaline? Golf courses include Rancho Mañana (480-488-0398; ranchomanana.com)—part of a historic dude ranch that was turned into a resort—Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club (480-488-0009; dovevalleyranch.com) or Scottsdale’s The Boulders Resort & Spa (888-579-2631; theboulders.com), which features a meditation labyrinth designed to clear stress.


Food & Drink

Cave Creek’s most famous establishments are the Buffalo Chip Saloon (480-488-9118; buffalochipsaloon.com) and Harold’s Corral (480-488-1906; haroldscorral.com), both listed in the “Top 10 Watering Holes” on p. 44.

For a charming atmosphere, try The Grotto Cafe (480-499-0140; thegrottocafe.com) for breakfast or lunch on the large outdoor patio. The Grotto offers coffee and a wine bar to complement your meal.

El Encanto Dos (623-780-5948; elencantorestaurants.com) is a favorite stop of ropers for its convenient location along the Carefree Highway, tasty Mexican food (and margaritas) and space to park a horse trailer.

Nearby Carefree offers a year-round Farmers Market every Friday and, for a delicious Italian meal, try Uncle Louie The Restaurant (480-595-1122; unclelouie.com) on Scottsdale Road.


Shopping

Cave Creek is filled with terrific shopping experiences ranging from the touristy to the high-end. For a one-stop shop, try out Las Tiendas (lastiendascavecreek.com) in the heart of town. You can get everything from handcrafted jewelry to works of art to home decor while enjoying snacks from It’s A Divine Bakery or Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue.

For a bit more practical outing, run up the I-17 to the Outlets at Anthem (623-465-9500; outletsanthem.com). If you arrive before Christmas, you’ll catch the tallest Christmas tree in America while checking out offerings from Columbia, Nike, Under Armour, Skechers and Sunglass Hut.


Essential Services

Feed & Tack

• Dynamite Horseman Supply

28232 North 42nd Street, Cave Creek

480-585-4073; dynamitehorsemansupply.com

Ropes, saddles and supplies

• Black Mountain Feed

6198 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek

480-488-9180

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Hay, feed and tack

• Anderson’s Feed & Tack

1722 West Tierra Buena Lane, Phoenix

602-993-8770

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Hay, feed and tack

• Karsten’s Ace Hardware

28220 N Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek

480-513-7020

Feed, tack, supplies

• Tractor Supply

34350 North Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

480-488-9551

Mobile Equine Veterinary Services

• Desert Equine Services: 623-465-1200

• Phoenix Equine Veterinary Services: 480-621-9293

• All Equine Veterinary LLC: 480-250-1096

• Arizona Mobile Veterinary Practice: 480-707-2214

• Sorum Veterinary Services: 480-299-7526

Veterinary Care

• Cave Creek Equine Sports
Medicine & Surgery

34705 North 14th Street, Phoenix

623-581-5508; cavecreekequine.com

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• Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center

32100 North Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

480-595-8600; cahosp.com

• Copper Ridge Equine

3120 W. Carefree Hwy Suite 1 639, Phoenix

480-281-5682; cridgeequine.com 

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• Southwest Equine Hospital

6001 East Bell Road, Scottsdale

480-998-9460

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Vehicle Repairs & Maintenance

• Anthem RV and Boat

44019 North Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix

623-900-6400; anthemrv.com

• On the Road Again Mobile RV

Service and Repair

15044 E. Montgomery Rd., Scottsdale

602-296-7549; azrvservices.com

• Deer Valley Trailer

22228 N. 23rd Avenue, Phoenix

623-780-1551

Dealerships

• Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep

7801 East Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale

855-419-9816

• Van Chevrolet

8585 East Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale

480-428-4465

• Sanderson Ford

6400 North 51st Ave., Glendale

623-842-8600

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