On our guided tours, you will join trained Stewards and Docents to learn about the natural and cultural history of some of the most special places in our Sonoran Desert that have been protected forever by the Land Trust. Guided preserve tours are free, but registration is required. If you like and appreciate what we do we hope you will consider supporting our work.
Though we too love all furry creatures, as a consideration to other registered hikers, please leave your pets at home for the guided tours.
Preserve at the Cave
Join us as we take a trip back in history and explore the "Cave" for which Cave Creek is named. So much history lives within its walls. From the pecking of petroglyphs to Apache battles, the Cave has seen a lot! Desert Foothills Land Trust protects this significant property with a conservation easement. It is on private property and not open to the public. This is your exclusive opportunity to see this incredible historic landmark.
The Cave is located on PRIVATE PROPERTY that is forever protected by DFLT by a conservation easement. The donor of the conservation easement graciously allowed DFLT to lead NO MORE THAN 6 HIKES PER YEAR for 20 PEOPLE MAXIMUM EACH HIKE.
To be notified and register for the cave tour, and all other DFLT hikes, you must sign up for our email list. You will be emailed a notification and a link to register once the hikes are scheduled. The registrations are taken on a first-come-first-served basis. These DFLT guided tours are the only way to visit the cave.
Please note - our Cave tours are wildly popular and due to the limited availability we have to offer these hikes, they are full within a matter of minutes. We ask those who have recently attended a Cave tour to please refrain from immediately visiting again to give others the opportunity to join.
In addition to our wildly popular Cave of Cave Creek guided tour, we also offer a variety of other educational hikes on some of our privately owned preserved properties and on our public preserves. These hikes are listed by date on our events and hikes calendar. Because space is limited for most of our guided hikes, pre-registration is required. For your convenience you can find a link to sign up for each hike on the calendar.
Preserves Open to the Public
If you prefer to hike on your own, several of our preserves are open to the public 365 days a year for use at your convenience — click on the links below for trail information, directions, rules and descriptions of these properties. We encourage everyone to stay healthy by getting out in nature!
When hiking in the summer we recommend hiking early in the morning to avoid temperatures of 100 degrees or more. Please remember to hydrate, wear sun protection and don't over exert yourself. Pets should not be on the trail in extreme heat. Click here for more hiking tips.
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