Bartlett Lake - Cave Creek Tour

Bartlett Lake - Cave Creek Tour

Drive Dates: Thursday, May 6 and Saturday, May 8

Total Drive Distance: 102 miles

Estimated total tour duration: 5 hours


The Sonoran Desert surrounding the Phoenix area is notable for its beautiful vistas, diverse wildlife, unique flora, and numerous lakes. Lakes? In the desert? Yes, this tour highlights one of the half-dozen Phoenix-area lakes that provide wildlife habitat, recreation, and most importantly, life-sustaining water to the Valley of the Sun.


The tour follows a scenic route through North Scottsdale, passing through several beautiful desert neighborhoods and skirting the McDowell Sonoran Preserve before reaching the turnoff to Bartlett Lake. The road to the lake is one of the most popular in the area for motorcycles and sports cars — like Porsches!


The iconic saguaro cactus is pervasive along the entire route. The Sonoran Desert is the only natural habitat for this majestic cactus. Saguaros can grow to 70 feet tall and live to be 150 years old. They bloom in the moonlight when the gorgeous white flowers are pollinated by bats. The saguaro cactus bloom is the State flower of Arizona.


Bartlett Lake is one of six reservoirs on the Salt and Verde River systems which were created to supply a reliable source of water to the Salt River Valley. The metro Phoenix area would arguably still be populated by a few farmers and small desert towns if it weren’t for the development made possible by this reliable water supply.


A stop at the lake will provide a great opportunity for you to take photos of your Porsche with the lake, desert landscape, and surrounding mountains as a backdrop. After a return drive on the winding lake road, we’ll turn onto another stretch of twisties, then experience spectacular desert mountain vistas on the way to the town of Cave Creek for lunch at the iconic Horny Toad restaurant.


The Wild West is alive and kicking at The Horny Toad, the oldest original restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona, known for its down-home comfort food.


Our tour officially ends after lunch. For those who wish to return to the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa together, tour leaders will depart shortly after lunch for a drive back to the resort (approx. 45 min.).


Or you may wish to explore the many interesting shops and points of interest in Cave Creek and neighboring Carefree.

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