My wife and I at Spur Cross Ranch.
Redfin wants to know about hidden gems in Cave Creek
I was recently interviewed by Redfin to find out hidden gems in the Phoenix area. And one of my favorite hidden gems is none other than Spur Cross Ranch in Cave Creek. Love to hike? Love extreme peacefulness? Spur Cross will make you feel like you are anywhere but Phoenix. If you haven’t seen it, check out the article here.
What is Spur Cross?
Spur Cross Ranch is a stunning 2,154-acre nature preserve located in Cave Creek, Arizona. This peaceful oasis is a haven for nature lovers, hikers, and anyone who wants to get away from the busy every day hiking trails in the City. There are multiple landscapes, large saguaros, mesquite forests, and rolling hills dotted with prickly pear cactus. Visitors can enjoy the stunning views and listen to the soothing sounds of the nearby creek.
What is Cave Creek Arizona?
Cave Creek, Arizona is a small quaint town located in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale. It is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant arts and culture scene. The town’s unique personality is shaped by its location at the crossroads of the Wild West and the Sonoran Desert. This blend of cultures creates a charming and laid-back atmosphere that is impossible to resist. Cave Creek, Arizona is also a hub for arts and culture. If you have a chance check out some of the favorite attractions: the Cave Creek Museum, the Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, and the Cave Creek Regional Park.
Spur Cross Ranch history
The history of Spur Cross Ranch is just as interesting as the present-day nature preserve. In the late 1800s, the land was used for cattle grazing and mining. In the early 1900s, it was purchased by the US Forest Service and used as a dude ranch. Today, Spur Cross Ranch is managed by the Maricopa County Park System, and is open to the public for hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. We have been to and hiked the area many times. While there are so many trails in the Phoenix area Cave Creek and Spur Cross really offer something unique.
Is it hard to hike Spur Cross?
Took the summer off? Just starting? Love steep hikes? Whatever your skill level is Spur Cross offers challenges for all levels. Some of the most popular trails include the Cave Creek Trail, the Elephant Mountain Trail, and the Fossil Springs Trail. You will have opportunities to see a variety of wildlife, including bobcats, rattlesnakes, and javelinas.
There’s all sorts of wildlife
Spur Cross as I have mentioned offers the hiking but for the birders out there, Spur Cross is a hot spot! You will have chances to see hawks, doves, and quails. Hungry? Pack a snack or lunch and find one of the many picnic areas scattered throughout the preserve. Below is a snippet from the article.
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