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Cave Creek, Arizona: Come 'Run with the Bulls!'

If you would like to take a trip to a part of the old west, where horses can be ridden downtown, and the sidewalks are not sidewalks at all, but are horse trails, then Cave Creek, Arizona is the place to go. Not only can you ride the many trails in the desert around Cave Creek, but if you visit February 7 - 9, 2014, you can enter the adrenaline packed event, "Running with the Bulls."

Cave Creek, Arizona's Running of the Bulls
Cave Creek, Arizona's Running of the Bulls
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World's largest Saguaro Cactus, near Cave Creek and Carefree, Arizona
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Cave Creek is located in Maricopa County, about 21 miles from Phoenix. In 2006 the population was almost 5,000 residents, but it swells during the Running with the Bulls event. Not only is the event outrageously daring, but it could be productive too, if you don't wind up as a trophy on a bull's barn wall. There is a grand prize of $5,000 for the most running points scored over a two day period. For ticket information for this event, click on Running with the Bulls.

If you don't wish to pay good money to have a bull chase you, there are many less dangerous things to do in, and near Cave Creek. Sightseeing is one of them. You can take tours and visit an old fashioned 1883 gold mine, or take in the view from a hot air balloon soaring over the desert floor. You can also rent 4-wheel drive atvs and explore on your own.

You can also visit the Cave Creek Museum, located at the base of Black Mountain, and learn about the heritage of the area. There is also a Cave Creek Recreation Area, where you can hike the desert and take tours through areas where gold prospectors sought their fortunes in the late 1800s. Another attraction you don't want to miss is "Frontier Town." It features many shops and other businesses that look like they belong to a long by-gone era.It also has one of the oldest restaurants in the area.

So, if you don't want to be chased by bulls, there is still plenty to see and do in Cave Creek, Arizona. Be sure and watch the video in this article and check out the slideshow. And, If you enjoy these articles, click on the subscribe link near the top of this page and receive an email each time a new article is published by Gerry Glenn Jones in the Examiner. They are free. Also, please share on Facebook and other media resources.

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