Carefree

THIS CASUAL RESORT COMMUNITY NORTH OF PHOENIX HAS FIERCELY PROTECTED ITS DESERT-SCAPE – LOOK CLOSELY AND YOU’LL SEE CUSTOM HOMES BUILT INTO THE MOUNTAINS AND ROCK CROPPINGS THAT DEFINE ITS BORDERS. IN THE TOWN’S EASYGOING COLLECTION OF BUSINESSES, LOCALS AND VISITORS EASILY MIX.

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Just like its name, Carefree is a place of blissed-out, boulder-strewn splendor in the Sonoran Desert. 

Yep, the living is easy in this community, which has given its roads clever names like Ho Hum Street and Tranquil Trail. Originally carved out as an affluent community for snowbirds and such celebrities as Bob Hope, Barry Goldwater, Paul Harvey, and Hugh Downs, Carefree has reinvented itself.

Carefree is still an elegant world-class resort destination, thanks to the Boulders Resort & Spa, which attracts golfers to its two 18-hole courses. But it’s also a place where families flock for seasonal fun like the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden and the Christmas Festival where kids can cavort in snow – yes, real snow! – in the desert.

In the heart of town, the four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens beckons for a self-guided stroll through the fantastic cacti native to the region; make a day of it by adding stops in the shops, bars, and restaurants that flank the garden. Lost track of time? (It’s easy to do here.) Check the country’s largest sundial, reaching 35 feet into the air, nearby.

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Just The Facts

For Visitor information

Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce | 748 Easy St., Ste. 9 | Carefree, AZ | (480) 488-3381 | carefreecavecreek.org

County It all started How High? Head Count
Maricopa 1984 2,382ft 3,363

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