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Save the date:
the next Desert Discovery Day will be November 16, 2024!

Details coming soon!

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You're invited to the 11th annual
Desert Discovery Day

Join Us!
Saturday, No
v. 18, 2023
10 am - 2 pm
Jewel of the Creek Preserve

Unplug and join us for a day of digital detox, fresh air, fun, and adventure!
Desert Foothills Land Trust presents the 11th annual Desert Discovery Day, a fun-filled day of adventure and educational activities in a natural desert setting. Discover the Sonoran Desert, learn about all its dwellers, past and present, and interact with native wildlife.


Rain or shine,

we'll have a fun time!

Thank you to our generous sponsors, partners, and volunteers!

Their support helps keep this family fun event free for all.

A special thanks to our 2023 title sponsor!


And thank you to our sponsor

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No registration is needed for this event.  We do ask that groups of 10 or more please reach out to us at to help make the most of your visit. 

See you on the trail!

Panning for gold
Desert Awareness Committee
What animals leave behind
Triple R Horse Rescue
Rattlesnake Solutions
Harry Dalton Trail
Free snacks
Desert Foothills Library
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
Gold panning station
Discovery station map
Fun and games
Wild At Heart

The beautiful Jewel of the Creek Preserve is owned by Desert Foothills Land Trust and located 4 miles north of the Town of Cave Creek. The preserve abuts the 2,000 acre Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, a Maricopa County Park.


*Jewel of the Creek Preserve is a natural desert setting. Desert Discovery Day takes place along the Harry Dalton trail which has a moderate rating, please click on the symbol to view our trail rating guide. This event is not suitable for strollers.

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