Weekend getaway to Carefree, Ariz.
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Weekend escape to Carefree Ariz.

Weekend getaway to Carefree, Ariz.

Southwestern symbols inspire the artwork on display at one of the booths at the Thunderbird Artists Art and Wine Festival, held several times each winter in Carefree.

 (Sara Lessley)
A hiker takes a closer look at a tall saguaro’s bud at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.
A hiker takes a closer look at a tall saguaro’s bud at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. (Sara Lessley)
Weekend getaway to Carefree, Ariz.

Breakfast burrito at Sundial Cafe, where the art show and people-watching from the sunny patio is no extra charge.

 (Sara Lessley)
Weekend getaway to Carefree, Ariz.

After a thundering rain and lightning storm, huge clouds shadow the saguaros at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

 (Sara Lessley)
Weekend getaway to Carefree, Ariz.

The restored and working 10-stamp mill at Cave Creek Museum.

 (Sara Lessley)
Weekend getaway to Carefree, Ariz.

Visitors sip and stroll at the Thunderbird Artists Art and Wine Festival in central Carefree.

 (Sara Lessley)
Weekend getaway to Carefree, Ariz.

Sundial Plaza in Carefree features the 65-foot gnomon, left. On the right, yes, Carefree really does have an Easy Street.

 (Sara Lessley)
Weekend getaway to Carefree, Ariz.

After a Wild West Days parade, riders pass the restored 19th century stamp mill, left, outside the Cave Creek Museum.

 (Sara Lessley)
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