Saddle up and see Cave Creek, AZ

Must-do's for wannabe cowboys and cowgirls

1. Hitch ’em up

David Fenton

1. Hitch ’em up

Try a guided sundown horseback ride with Spur Cross Stable: Wranglers take you into the hills and arroyos of the nearby Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, where there are more than 2,100 acres of preserved desert. From $35, reservations required; 44029 N. Spur Cross Rd.; horsebackarizona.com.

2. Feel like a cowboy

David Fenton

2. Feel like a cowboy

Catch a professional bull-riding competition or two-step to a country-western band at Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse, which has its own rodeo arena. $; bull­riding competitions Fri nights, free to watch; free live music and dancing Sat–Sun nights; 6811 E. Cave Creek Rd.; buffalochipsaloon.com
 

3. Eat native

At Tonto Bar & Grill at Rancho Mañana (a historic dude ranch), pictured, try the chips and a trio of salsas made with beans, squash, and corn, then go for the grilled buffalo served with Arizona pecan quinoa. $$$; 5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd.; 480/488­0698.

4. Soak in the local culture

David Fenton

4. Soak in the local culture

Cave Creek Museum provides a living history of the area, including the town’s first church (a tiny 1940s clapboard build- ing that’s still used for weddings) and the 1920s cabins that were occupied by tubercular patients coming West for the cure―all the original furnishings remain. $3; 6140 E. Skyline Dr.; cavecreekmuseum.com.

5. Shop for regional treasures

David Fenton

5. Shop for regional treasures

You’ll need time to absorb all the home furnishings crammed into the buildings and patios that make up the Town Dump, a Cave Creek shopping institution for more than three decades. Inch your way past Mexican patio pots, bleached cow skulls, rawhide drums, and even a faux Egyptian sarcophagus. Easy-to-pack choices include tin light-switch plates and luminarias. 6820 E. Cave Creek Rd.; 480/488-9047.

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