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Carefree town, near Phoenix

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Carefree town, near Phoenix, Arizona

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The geology as you enter Carefree is awesome. In the morning, the light hits the granite boulders and creates shadows, revealing their gorgeously cute shapes. You feel like you've entered a Flintstones backdrop. As you drive to Carefree along the Carefree Highway, you will be mesmerized. Choose a time other than the middle of the day, because you see the boulders better when there are some shadows.
The town of Carefree lives up to its name. It is small and charming, and even the streets are called Ho Hum Road, Why Worry Lane, and Easy Street. In the center of town is a main strip (8 Sundial Circle) where, on Friday mornings (except during summer), there is a street market with a live one-man band. At night it's fun to walk through the lovely Spanish Village which is filled with lights. Venues Cafe is a nice place to eat with attractive decor.
Behind the main strip of stores is a cute Spanish village, a coffee shop, and two more cafes.
Also in downtown Carefree, across from world's largest sundial is a gorgeous fountain. Out of it comes a wall of glassy water that you walk under. The lights add to the pleasing effect. Here there is a small splash pad for kids. Further on there's a large slide for kids that looks like a huge gila monster. What fun!
A short drive down the road from downtown Carefree is a lovely outdoor development called El Pedregal Marketplace. The designer traveled to Africa to get his ideas and modeled the area after an African open-air marketplace.
There is a cute bakery owned by a European family, along the road between Carefree and Cave Creek, called Carefree Coffee Roastery. They have delicious strawberry-filled croissants. Their baked goods aren't displayed in a display case, but are described on a menu board and you can order them at the counter. Enjoy the modern European decor.
While in the area, check out the cactus-filled town of Cave Creek, and especially at night, don't miss out on the fun outdoor scene at Smokehouse and Pour House Restaurant, where there are pretty lights strung in paloverde trees, and the sound of dueling pianos wafting in the air.

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A flowering saguaro cactus in Carefree.
A flowering saguaro cactus in Carefree.
Carefree Coffee Roastery, with modern European decor.
Carefree Coffee Roastery, with modern European decor.
Beautiful rock formations in Carefree.
Beautiful rock formations in Carefree.
The green desert vegetation.
The green desert vegetation.
Two saguaro cacti.
Two saguaro cacti.
I love these Flintstones-style rock formations.
I love these Flintstones-style rock formations.
Boulders piled on top of each other.
Boulders piled on top of each other.
The beautiful desert in Carefree.
The beautiful desert in Carefree.
Nonchalant Ave and East Street, in downtown Carefree.
Nonchalant Ave and East Street, in downtown Carefree.
Wild Holly Gallery is a cool-looking place.
Wild Holly Gallery is a cool-looking place.
Red shade canopies over cactus gardens.
Red shade canopies over cactus gardens.
The attractive decor inside Venues Cafe.
The attractive decor inside Venues Cafe.
Cactus garden and red shade canopy catching the light.
Cactus garden and red shade canopy catching the light.
A large variety of cactus plants at the main strip.
A large variety of cactus plants at the main strip.
Fountain in front of a layered stone wall.
Fountain in front of a layered stone wall.
The pretty colors of cactus plants.
The pretty colors of cactus plants.
Fountain and pool.
Fountain and pool.
It's always lovely to see water in dry Arizona.
It's always lovely to see water in dry Arizona.
The plantings are lovely on the main strip.
The plantings are lovely on the main strip.
Green and yellow colors of a cactus plant.
Green and yellow colors of a cactus plant.
The mountains in the distance.
The mountains in the distance.
Gila monster slide.
Gila monster slide.
The head of the Gila monster slide!
The head of the Gila monster slide!
 

Directions

The Carefree Sundial, which is the main area, is located at 8 Sundial Circle, Carefree AZ 85377.
From Hwy 17, take the Carefree Hwy, and head east. At the very end you come to a T, at Tom Darrington Dr. To get to the sundial, turn left on Tom Darrington, right on Ho Road, and right on Hum Road. Yes, I'm not kidding!

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Jeni Rae
12/06/2009 19:38
Carefree is awesome! :)

Last Updated Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:03:40 GMT