Carefree Ranch

Welcome to Carefree Ranch

Peaceful, residential community nestled in the Sonoran Desert
Carefree Ranch is a peaceful, residential community surrounded by the vast open space of the Sonoran Desert. This quiet community is made up of CR Highlands, CR Homestead, and the Village of Lone Mountain. All three communities offer an inspiring lifestyle of outdoor recreation and luxury.

Carefree Ranch’s diverse architectural mix ranges from elegant, European-style residences to refined contemporary designs. Home sizes vary across Carefree Ranch’s three communities, with average lots of five acres in CR Highlands, ten acres in CR Homestead, and expansive lots of up to 37 acres in the Village of Lone Mountain.

What to Love

  • A peaceful and quiet residential community
  • Captivating Sonoran Desert landscape
  • Homes on lots of up to 37 acres

Local Lifestyle

Carefree Ranch offers its residents a captivating lifestyle surrounded by the sprawling vastness of the Sonoran Desert. This majestic landscape is traversed by trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. At night, the unblemished night sky is one of the best places in the nation to enjoy stargazing. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The winding main street of Cave Creek Road in the town of Carefree Ranch is lined with a variety of local restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, and shops. Venues Café is a favorite for casually upscale American bistro dining, pairing an elevated menu of Southwestern comfort food and international entrees with house beers and bottles from the well-stocked wine cellar. This inviting space features a roaring fireplace and big-screen TVs for watching sports. Venues Café also offers daily happy hours, nightly food specials, and an excellent Sunday brunch menu. Carefree Farmers Market is held every Friday, all year round, with vendors selling seasonal local produce, flowers, herbs, jams, jellies, salsas, and freshly baked bread.
Civana Wellness Resort & Spa is another Sonoran Desert standout within easy reach of Carefree Ranch. This exceptional health and wellness facility boasts 22 spa treatment rooms, pools, nutrition-focused restaurants, and more than 70 different complimentary classes focused on fitness and wellbeing. In the town of Cave Creek, Tonto Bar & Grill serves delicious meals drawing on both Southwestern and Native American culinary traditions. This bustling bar and grill feature Native American-inspired décor and regular special events. Tonto Bar & Grill also offers a robust drinks menu with many specialty cocktails.

Things to Do

The stunning landscape around Carefree Ranch includes the enormous, 2.9-million-acre Tonto National Forest. Tonto National Forest’s diverse landscape includes the flatlands of the Sonoran Desert and the highlands of the Mogollon Rim. Attractions within this sprawling landscape include cave dwellings built by the Salado people around 700 years ago. Nestled in the center of Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake is a top water sports destination with marinas and rental services dotted along its lakeshore. Popular activities on this gorgeous, secluded lake include boating, kayaking, jet-skiing, and stand-up paddleboarding.


Carefree Ranch is served by the Cave Creek Unified School District.
  • Black Mountain Elementary School, Public, K-6.
  • Sonoran Trails Middle School, Public, 6-8.
  • Cactus Shadows High School, Public, 8-12.
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