About Prickly Pear Inn & Grumpy Old Mule Mercantile
Nestled in the Arizona desert foothills, just north of the metropolitan Phoenix area, you’ll find the unique towns of Cave Creek and Carefree. While the adjacent towns share many similarities and a spectacular natural environment, they also have quite contrasting personalities.
Upscale Carefree is a bit subdued and boasts a vast array of quaint shops and art galleries along with wonderful local restaurants a small amphitheater that hosts farmers’ markets and cultural events. You’ll even find the largest sundial in the country located right in the center of town.
In contrast, Cave Creek has managed to maintain its Wild West personality and has become one of the most recognized Western towns in the United States. In fact, Cave Creek still lives by the motto, “Where the Wild West lives.” While Carefree rolls up the carpet early, Cave Creek features an abundance of local saloons, restaurants and Southwestern-themed retail shops. From national acts to homegrown talent, the live entertainment scene in Cave Creek is not to be missed!
Both Carefree and Cave Creek are located high above the Valley of the Sun, where the air is cooler and cleaner. Arizona’s destination hotel, the Prickly Pear Inn, is the perfect base to launch day trips south to Phoenix and Scottsdale, or north to the mountain towns of Prescott, Jerome, Sedona and Flagstaff—or stay in town and find out why our little towns are among the best kept secrets in Arizona!
In Arizona’s destination hotel you will enjoy oversized rooms and the comfort of rustic, yet modern décor. Savor incredible mountain views from one of our serene private decks, or step out of our front door for some of the most unique shopping and restaurants in Arizona. Prickly Pear Inn is located in the middle of downtown Cave Creek, across the street from one of the most popular local attractions, Frontier Town. This one-of-a-kind Cave Creek hotel is within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, shopping, museums, art galleries, golfing and hiking trails. Prepare to be surprised and delighted at Prickly Pear Inn, Arizona’s destination hotel!