There is, in fact, a cave in Cave Creek—a hiding place originally for the Hohokam and Apache tribes and later inhabited by Edward G. Cave, a yarn-spinning miner in the early 1900s. It has housed Prohibition-era distilleries, hosted church services and served as a hippie campsite. Today, the town of Cave Creek is an eclectic mixture of artsy and cowboy and is a mecca for visiting winter ropers.
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• Two arenas
• Weekly jackpots (senior-only days), NTR qualifiers; tack shop
39205 North 15th Avenue, New River
208-989-7448 for RVs and stalls; ponderosarebelarena.com
• One arena
• RV hookups and covered and open pens
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
• Near 6,000 acres of open riding
Rio Rancho Verde
14307 East Hawknest Road, Scottsdale
• One turn-out area
• RV hookups and casitas and bunkhouse; open-air barn, indoor pipe rail stalls; round pen; wash rack
• Laundry room
• Near 62 acres of Scottsdale Sonoran Desert Preserve & Tonto National Forest for 215 miles of riding trails
• Organic veggie garden for use by all boarders
Other Non-Profit Arenas
Memorial Arena Rodeo Grounds
37201 North 28th Street, Cave Creek
Larkyn Memorial Arena at New River Kiwanis Park
48606 North 17th Avenue, New River
• Arena is part of an 80-acre park; the park is open from dawn to dusk
• Arena available for open riding with donation unless booked for special events
• Dry camping for overnights, temporary stalling, restrooms
If your outdoorsy side manifests in more than spending time in an arena, try out the Piestewa Peak Park (602-261-8318) in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. There are dozens of miles of trails for just about all skill levels, with the most challenging being the 1.2-mile Summit Trail, a climb of 1,200 feet offering a carrot of a 360-degree view of Phoenix from the top.
If hiking involves more sweat than you were hoping for, try one of the many golf courses on the north side of town. Carefree’s Desert Forest Golf Club (480-488-4589) is credited as the first desert course ever built, offering a round that is “deceptively simple,” according to experts. Meanwhile, Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club (480-488-0009) is designed to be challenging but still player-friendly.
For a taste of history and culture, swing by the Cave Creek Museum (480-488-2764) to explore the town’s past through prehistoric artifacts like prehistoric sandals and pottery along with newer items like spurs worn by Old West cowboys. You can even take in the Arizona Gold Mining Experience which demonstrates Arizona’s only fully operational 10-stamp ore crushing mill.
To fulfill your need for speed, try out some high-speed kart racing at Octane Raceway (602-302-7223). The Raceway also offers the very old-school game of axe throwing and more modern diversions like a full arcade and a free-roam multiplayer virtual reality arena.
Food and Drink
Cave Creek’s most famous establishment is the Buffalo Chip Saloon (480-488-9118), opened in 1951. In addition to enjoying some “Texas Style BBQ,” you can listen to live music, take dance lessons or watch bull riding, all in the same place!
For breakfast, try out the Wagon Wheel Restaurant (480-488-2291) for home cooking at affordable prices. The Ofrenda (480-488-2187) in Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek offers authentic Mexican cuisine in a colorful, vibrant setting. For something different, sample their agave spirits or try out their rotating tequila special.
Cave Creek has a little bit of everything when it comes to shopping experiences. For something unique, try out the Rare Earth Gallery (480-575-4360), billed as the world’s largest mineral and landscape home decor gallery. View fossils and rare jewelry and shop for unique gifts—they offer everything from wine racks to chess sets and even gem-infused singing bowls for extra relaxation in between roping sessions.
When you’re just needing some essentials, there’s Desert Ridge Marketplace (480-513-7586), just off Tatum Road and the 101 freeway. You can buy everything from groceries to clothes, and grab food from numerous restaurants, from fast food to outstanding steaks and seafood.
Feed and Tack
Black Mountain Feed
6198 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek
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Hay, feed and tack
Anderson’s Feed & Tack
1722 West Tierra Buena Lane, Phoenix
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Hay, feed and tack
Karsten’s Ace Hardware
28220 N Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek
Feed, tack, supplies
34350 North Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek
Dynamite Horseman Supply
28232 North 42nd Street, Cave Creek
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Ropes, saddles and supplies, tack trailer available at many ropings
Vehicle Repairs and Maintenance
Anthem RV and Boat
44019 North Black Canyon Hwy, New River
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On the Road Again Mobile RV Service and Repair
15044 E. Montgomery Rd., Scottsdale
Deer Valley Trailer
22228 N. 23rd Avenue, Phoenix
Mobile Equine Veterinary Services
Phoenix Equine Veterinary Services
All Equine Veterinary LLC
Sorum Veterinary Services
8585 East Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale
Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep
7801 East Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale
2323 W. Bell Road, Phoenix
6400 North 51st Ave., Glendale
3950 N. 89th St., Scottsdale