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Outdoors. -- That best describes the lifestyle of our Desert Foothills. Away from the paved metropolitan area, with plenty of open spaces, residents seem to have more free time. Time that is spent hiking, biking, playing tennis and golf, enjoying our incredible sunsets and watching the night sky fill with a million stars.

Those who longed to escape traffic lights and strip malls have found tranquility in Carefree and Cave Creek.

In Carefree, natural habitat has been integrated into a planned residential community. Open space has been conserved, lot sizes are large but feature "desert friendly" landscaping. Custom homes blend into the rocks and surrounding mountain.

Cave Creek's western tradition is evident in its southwestern architecture and rambling ranch homes. It is here that you will find small horse ranches.

Cave Creek/Carefree Gallery Association -- Surrounded by the unique beauty of the Sonoran Desert, Cave Creek and Carefree are home to a thriving arts community of hundreds of artists and numerous galleries.

We invite you to visit the members of the Cave Creek / Carefree Gallery Association (CCCGA) who are dedicated to supporting and encouraging art in the Desert Foothills. These galleries represent local, national, and internationally known art and artists. Discover a wide variety of media and styles from traditional to contemporary, paintings to sculpture.

For local Bed & Breakfasts, artists, restaurants, and other information, visit or review our Gallery Guide, found at any of the association member galleries.

Call 480-488-2334 for more information.
Gary Fillmore, 2003-2004 CCCGA President

Desert Artists, Inc. -- A non-profit group consisting of area artists who conduct shows and exhibits several times a year. Any artist is eligible to join, however, works must first be juried. Virtually every medium is represented in the group, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, paper artist, sculpture, bird carving, photography, pottery, etc. More information is available by calling group President Lee Anne Park at (480) 488-0950.

Desert Foothills Community Association -- The association organizes the annual Fiesta Days Rodeo and Parade the second weekend of April that brings sightseers from around the state and participants from around the country. The popular parade features hundreds of entries down Cave Creek's main street.

The association formed in 1977 to obtain and build a community park facility, the Memorial Arena and rodeo grounds remain available to the public for a variety of activities; on 10 acres at 28th Street and New River Road; (480) 488-3627.

The Desert Foothills Community Theater -- Established in 1975, the theater has been entertaining residents and visitors with professional-like performances since. Its principal purpose is to contribute to the art and culture of the growing communities of Carefree and Cave Creek. The Desert Foothills Theater provides an opportunity for local residents to participate in all aspects of theater production. The theater also conducts periodic training workshops for actors and other theater-related positions.
For ticket and other information call (480) 488-1981.

Desert Foothills Land Trust --˜ Established to protect and preserve the unique and sensitive land areas of the Sonoran Desert foothills surrounding Carefree, Cave Creek, New River and far North Scottsdale communities. As a non-profit, volunteer organization, the Trust protects land through gift, purchase, bequest and conservation easement for the edification and enjoyment of future generations.
(480) 488-6131

Foothills Community Foundation -- The Foothills Community Foundation was established in 1986 to preserve the quality of life of the Desert Foothills community. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, project-oriented organization with a community membership of about 1,500. Community projects are managed and staffed by over 600 volunteers in areas of culture, education, environment, and charitable services. Community projects include: Musicfest, Desert Foothills Theater, Foothills Film Society, Meals-on-Wheels, and Kids Count.
For more information call (480) 488-1090.

Music by Moonlight -- "Cool" summer concerts˜ Thursday nights during summer months at el Pedregal, a "festival marketplace" at The Boulders; southeast corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Carefree Highway; (480) 488-1072.

Sonoran Arts League -- A non-profit group dedicated to promoting arts, artists and art education˜ in the Desert Foothills.˜ Membership is open to all interested in the visual arts.˜ For full details on events and membership visit their website: or phone Ralph Deuschle at (480) 473-3283.

Thunderbird Artists -- Organizes several juried fine arts and wine festivals in Carefree throughout the year; typically includes paintings, sculptures, carvings, etchings and more.
For more information call Thunderbird Artists, (480) 837-5637˜
Fax: (480) 837-4371.

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