I’m not good with time. Oh, I know when it is biscuit or dinner time, and I let my humans know, but when it comes to months and years, I can lose track of time. I basically break the year into two: hot season and not-so-hot season. Right now, we are in the not-so-hot season and are enjoying favorite local hikes. When we pulled up to the Cave Creek Regional Park sign (just off Carefree Highway east…before Cave Creek Road), I knew we’ve been here before when it was cooler, but what year, I couldn’t tell you. Mom says it had been a couple of years, so I’ll trust her on that.
The point being…I was excited to explore this area again. Cave Creek Regional Park is located at 37019 N Lava Lane, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 and is a 2,922-acre desert destination offering winding multi-use trails, campgrounds, and picnic spots. All that means they charge a fee of $6 to get in. They have a couple of parking lots, campground, and human restrooms. We chose the second parking lot with the Go John trail head.
Because this park charges a fee, it typically isn’t as busy as other local gems. Still, horses and bikes are allowed besides dogs, so we all have to share the trail. Off we went on the Go John Trail, a loop that takes you around the regional park and through the campground. If you’ve never been to Cave Creek Regional Park, this gives you a nice overview.
The trail is moderate with some climbs but nothing too steep and winds around. Keep following signs. With the winter rains, the grasses are tall and the wildflowers blooming. My mom loves to take pictures; me, I like to sniff everything. Woof!
The trail has a few benches under trees should your humans need a break. Picnic tables are available, and of course, you could camp there. We went just for the day to enjoy the wonderful weather. On our return loop back toward the car, the trail ended at the campground parking lot. I remember this section because we didn’t like it last time, and we weren’t happy about it this time either. This is a main trail; yet, they dump you on the busy road and force you to walk with traffic. NOT good for dogs.
I’m not good with distances much either, but I believe my dad said it was about ¼ or ½ mile that we walked along the road back to our parking lot. Your humans will want to keep you on a tight leash. One misstep, and you could be run over.
With that behind us, we were back in our vehicle and heading home. I know Cave Creek Regional Park excites many people, but me and my family didn’t feel it was worth the money and risk walking on the road. We have too many incredible FREE options here in Phoenix. To each his own, but we probably won’t be back for years once again.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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