About us

This lovely boutique hotel sits directly in the heart of the tourist section historic Cave Creek, Arizona and is located on the 2nd level of Prickly Pear Plaza. The charming Inn offers oversized rooms with kitchenettes, luxurious beds, big-screen televisions and upscale decor with a western feel.

From the moment you enter Grumpy Ole Mule mercantile, which doubles as the hotel lobby, you’ll understand why visitors have been calling prickly pear inn the most charming hotel in Cave Creek and Carefree.

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 and many 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 subscribes to 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. 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 just stay in town and find out why our little towns are among the best kept secrets in Arizona!

Nearby Attractions

As one of Arizona’s most unique destination hotels, you will enjoy oversized rooms and rustic elegance. Savor incredible mountain views from your rooms expansive outdoor deck or grab a libation and stroll through the meandering patios of Prickly Pear Plaza. Prickly Pear Inn is located in the middle of downtown Cave Creek, across the street from one of the most popular local attractions known as 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!