Cave Creek, Arizona

Cave Creek Regional ParkOther reviewers at rvparkreviews.com

December, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating (based on value for the
money, quality of amenities and utilities, site suitability
and what we think other RV’ers in our situation would
be looking for) = 7 out of 10 stars

Cave Creek Regional Park

Spacious areas behind most sites provided plenty of space for get-togethers

Cave Creek Regional Park

Spacious sites in the Sonoran Desert – what’s not to like?

Cave Creek Regional Park

Welcome back to Arizona, Betsy!

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
This was a very quiet and spread-out park, and seemed to be more
of a “destination” stop for many folks rather than just a weekend
getaway as other parks of this type are.  This was our second time
here, and the fond memories of hiking right out of our site were
rekindled.  It is well off any main roads, so no external traffic noise
and very little traffic within the park as well.  Be prepared for some
serious “quiet time” here!

Road and site access/type?
All paved, and access into the large sites was easy.

Sites spacious and/or level?  Comments?
I didn’t remember the sites being so out of level, but unfortunately
they were and I have to ding them for it.  This is really important to
us, and getting level at our site (#4) meant parking farther back in
the slot than I wanted to.  On the plus side, sites were spacious and
large enough for a big rig with a car parked next to it.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
This park had electric/water sites only.  The 50-amp power was
strong, as was the water pressure.  Our 2-week stay necessitated a
trip to the dump station, which was easy to access and return from
to our site.  There was no park WiFi, and during a large part of our
stay the signal to our boosted hotspot lost all connectivity for
several hours on many days. – a problem for us.  Cell phone service
was acceptable, but barely.  We were told that service to other
areas of the park was better, something to investigate if you rely
on it like we do.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
Both.  The table was a huge concrete contraption and the fire pit
was nice.  We used both often.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
Bathrooms were clean, and the separate shower rooms were as well.
But another ding here on the showers – they were push-button with
no manual temperature settings and my wife reported that hers was
scalding hot.  Mine was fairly hot but not as bad.  A terrible system,
I’d rather pay to be able to set my own temperature, thank you!
The water pressure was strong.  There was a bench outside the
shower, but no shelf inside for “stuff” and no hooks for towels and
clothes.  Come on folks, spend $20 and make these showers a bit
more user friendly!  No laundry facilities.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
Pets had to be on-leash within the park and on the trails.  The place
was very spread out though, so at least there were lots of areas to
walk them.

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
A big plus here was the trail right out of the park and into some
beautiful hiking in the area – loved it!  There’s just something
about desert hiking that attracts us, and this park provided good
access to it.  There were many other trails in the area just a short
drive away.  Bikes could be ridden throughout the park on the
paved roads, and mountain bikes were allowed on most of the
area trails.

Groceries & other services nearby?
A huge Fry’s grocery store was 3.8 miles from our site, and the
area had everything we could want as far as shopping and dining
goes.  Of course, Phoenix was just up the road with any major
services an RV’er could need.

Comments:
Funny how time and experience change our interpretation of a
place.  We had such great memories of our first stay at this park,
because of its layout and the fact that we met friends here.  But
now that we’re “old-timers” with dozens of county and state park
stays under our belt, we’re more knowledgeable (and picky).  I
would probably have given this park a “9” after our first stay, but
now we’re more cognizant of things like un-level sites, internet
access problems and showers that aren’t set up well.  The great
hiking access was a plus, though, and we would come back to this
beautiful park again, especially for a shorter stay.