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The Town of Cave Creek's

Desert Awareness Park

A Family Park in the Heart of Cave Creek

Just off Cave Creek Road is a honey of a spot for young and old alike. With the hum of traffic muffled by desert trees and the rolling topography, civilization seems to disappear, though hints of it remain with scattered housing and, more on the scene, a children's playground, ramadas and barbecues for picnickers.

Two self-guided trails through Desert Awareness Park pass a variety of naturally occurring desert plants, which are identified by signs. The Desert Heritage Center highlights natural and cultural history of the area in a unique building which also serves as a gathering place protected from the harsher elements of the desert.

One visit to Desert Awareness Park isn't enough. As the season passes from the summer heat to cooler fall temperatures, plants become more vigorous, sprouting leaves on what had appeared to be a dead plant last summer. As winter approaches, some plants show signs of developing flowers, others sport seeds or berries. With sufficient rain, the desert masks its dryness with lush plants which take full advantage of Nature's bounty. With the spring, cacti shock the green and beige desert palate with waxy gold, pink, purple and other bright flowers.

Learn more about desert plants by exploring the park, open daily to the public during daylight hours. Facilities may be reserved by contacting the Town of Cave Creek at 480-488-1400.

Discover Desert Awareness Park

The creation of this native habitat park was spearheaded by community volunteers. The park was primarily financed by Arizona State Park's Heritage Funds along with contributions from the Desert Foothills Community Foundation, the Town of Cave Creek, and numerous community groups and individuals. The 26 acre park, with its innovative concept and educational format, became a reality with extensive use of volunteers building a true community park.

Located one block north of Cave Creek Road on Vermeersch Road
(turn between Binkley's restaurant and Cave Creek Building Supply)

Cave Creek Desert Awareness Park Combinte Map

Desert Awareness Park

The park is dedicated to those who enjoy, respect, and yearn to understand our desert home.

  • Outstanding desert vistas
  • Picnic and shade ramadas with charcoal grills
  • Children's playground
  • Nature trails with plant signage
  • Hiking trails/Horse trails

Desert Heritage Education Center with unique interpretive artwork

  • Riparian pond area
  • No entrance fee
  • Day use only
  • Facilities may be reserved by contacting the Town of Cave Creek at 480 488-1400

Children's Playground


Desert Heritage