Located just 55 minutes from Tempe Town Lake on beautiful Bartlett Lake in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake Marina’s family atmosphere and beautiful surroundings makes it a wonderful location for your friends and family to enjoy an unforgettable Arizona day on the water.
Our marina offers a range of well equipped and comfortable rental boats. All safety gear and full instructions are included. We welcome novices! We also offer a variety of options from full day rentals, to weekend rental packages. You can trust our rental boats to keep you and your family safe while exploring the beautiful waters of Bartlett lake.
BE CAREFUL if you use GPS. Some units will take you to Rio Verde which is 2 hours out of the way.
20808 E BARTLETT DAM RD
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST
Carefree Desert Gardens is a botanical garden with various amenities, including a self-guided walking tour, the landmark Carefree sundial, fountains, playgrounds, a splash pad, amphitheater, meditation area, and more.
It is located on Easy Street in the heart of Carefree’s shopping district, east of Tom Darlington Drive and south of Cave Creek Road. Come visit Carefree Desert Gardens to enjoy the serene natural setting.
At the base of Black Mountain, is a handsome Southwest style building – the Cave Creek Museum. Its roots are embedded in the pioneer traditions of neighbor helping neighbor. Begun as an historical society in 1968 by a small group of volunteers, the Museum took form when land was donated by Frank and Hazel Wright, and the old Episcopal Church was relocated to that site. Donations and gifts of local historical significance poured in.
In April of 1970 the museum opened its doors for visitors. The Museum, a largely volunteer organization, represents the dedication and generosity from the people in Cave Creek & Carefree. It is a pleasure to present the pre-history and history of peoples living life in the north desert foothills.
Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert.
Destination Balloons Rides is locally owned and operated by Shawn and Sharon Wix. A husband and wife team specializing in private and small group hot air balloon flights for that intimate and well taken care of feeling. Be part of the action during set up and inflation process, then enjoy a 1 hour tour soaring above the desert to view our beautiful landscape as you’ve never seen it before! Top it all off with a post flight champagne toast taking with you the epic memories and photos of a lifetime! Shawn, owner and chief pilot, started as a balloon chase crew, but it didn’t take him long to develop a love for ballooning and desire to become a commercial pilot. Logging over 1,500 flight hours while flying in Colorado, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Arizona, including a flight over the Grand Canyon, Shawn has an impeccable safety rating.
If you are looking for that one of a kind experience or something for a special occasion or celebration, Destination Balloon Rides is the perfect choice!!
Carefree is characterized by its charming small town feel and quaint street names like Ho Hum Road, Tranquil Trail and Easy Street. Downtown Carefree has quaint shops and boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and a small amphitheater that hosts the farmer’s market and cultural events. A very unique collection of small businesses that are individually owned means a personalized experience for all visitors. Browse one of many art galleries or enjoy a great meal under the open sky.
Nestled in the beautiful Sonoran Foothills of Cave Creek, the Grace Museum was established by the legendary icon, Grace Voss Fredericks. One of the first women on television, she participated in many aspects of the entertainment industry including radio, Broadway, Vaudeville, etc.
She loved her Country and dedicated her Museum to its progress over the past 200 years. Enjoy the nostalgic history of her collections of Americana with a guided approximate 2-1/2 hour tour. Tours are by appointment only and groups need to be four or more persons.
$10.00 per person. Please call 480-488-9045 for reservations.
MacDonald’s Ranch is the premier horseback riding stable in the Valley of the Sun! Located in the tranquil Sonoran Desert just north of Phoenix in the City of Scottsdale, Arizona. Who comes out to MacDonald’s Ranch? Everybody! From families and corporate groups, to single horseback riders, girl scouts, churches, and “Wild West” seeking tourists! MacDonald’s Ranch offers guided Horseback Rides, Stagecoach Rides, Cowboy Cookouts by reservation to the public! During the month of October we host a Pumpkin Patch! We can host private events for small parties and large groups – our venue can easily accommodate several guests at once! Our professional staff can customize services and amenities to fit most any situation! Our location is close to all modern conveniences! We are minutes away from most valley resorts, hotels, airports, and local events such as the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, the Waste Management Phoenix Open – PGA Tour, the Barrett Jackson Car Show, and the Scottsdale MLB Spring Training Facilities. We are open year around but due to Arizona’s seasonal weather and our private events we recommend that you call and inquire about our hours in advance! Come horse around with us!
Family Owned and operated for 40 years
VISIT ONE OF ARIZONA’S MOST SCENIC GOLF COURSES IN HISTORIC CAVE CREEK
Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in historic Cave Creek, Arizona, Rancho Manana Golf Club features a par 70 championship course with dramatic elevation changes and unspoiled desert terrain. Our stunning, high desert course invites you to match your skills against nature while enjoying the unparalleled and unforgettable surrounding desert.
Located along a scenic drive east of Carefree, within the Tonto National Forest, the Sears Kay ruin is one of the area’s best examples of ancient Hohokam structure. The ruins contain 40 rooms and was home to more than 100 native peoples before it simply vanished. Remains include hand placed walls and paths of stone, carvings and glyphs. The view from the top is spectacular – Four Peaks, Weaver’s Needle, and the Superstition Mountains are easily visible on clear days. The hike to the top is about a 1 mile loop with an elevation change of 300 feet. It is not wheelchair accessible.
From Carefree, take Cave Creek Road/Seven Springs Rd./Forest Road (FR) 24 for 14 miles north to Sears Kay.