Destination guide

Get carefree in classy Carefree

Carefree is a welcoming little nugget of suburbia that's sandwiched between the scrub-topped hills of the Tonto National Forest and the northern fringes of Phoenix city. Upscale and classy, it was once known for its desert-side film studios, although today the Silver Screen has been traded for cacti-peppered golf courses, horse riding ranches, and Wild West saloons where locals chatter over frothy craft brews. Carefree vacation rentals are also your chance to conquer the great Sonoran Desert _ think hikes and biking tours around the toppling hoodoos and canyons.

Things to do

Enjoying Phoenix and Tonto from Carefree

Staying in Carefree vacation rentals means you can enjoy all the awesome attractions of Phoenix, from the sequoia-topped Desert Botanical Park to the sprawling gardens of Phoenix Zoo _ think roaring lions, galumphing elephants, and prowling black bears. Other sights exist in Carefree itself, like the historic ruins of the Sears-Kay fortress on the hills, and the Carefree Sundial, which is said to be one of the largest in the entire Western Hemisphere. And that's not even mentioning the natural draws of the great Tonto National Forest, which unfolds in creeks and canyons just to the north.


Country pursuits in Carefree

Carefree is a fine place to trade in the office gear for the country wear. Trailheads start in the town center and weave deep into the hills of the beautiful Tonto National Forest. Bridle paths beckon those who enjoy a spot of horse riding. And there are dusty mountain biking routes aplenty for adventurers who want to get the adrenaline pumping. Back in the heart of town and you'll also find sprawling shopping malls with high-street fashion outlets for that retail hit, not to mention plenty of hickory-scented cowboy kitchens. Smoked burros anyone?


Fall to spring in Carefree

Because Carefree sits on the edge of the arid Arizonan deserts, you can expect dry weather and oodles of sun for much of the year. In fact, the high summer sees the mercury levels shoot upwards, which is probably why most folk search for their Carefree vacation rentals during the cooler months between September and March. That's when you can still enjoy heat in the middle of the 60s and 70s, and around just 3 days of rain per month.

Natural features

Carefree is crammed between the rocks

Carefree could just be the perfect springboard for enjoying the natural delights of Arizona. You won't have to go far from the doorstep of most Carefree vacation rentals to join the trails of Cave Creek Park, or even the longer hiking routes of the Tonto National Forest. And talking of Tonto, it's that vast wilderness of more than 3 million acres where you'll discover some of the Wild West's most breathtaking wonders. Mountain lions stalk the bluffs of the Hellsgate Wilderness within its borders, there are caves and canyons aplenty in the Sierra Ancha, dense pine forests around Mazatzal peak _ the list goes on.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Carefree

Fly into Phoenix, AZ (DVT-Phoenix Deer Valley), the closest airport, located 13.6 mi (21.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Scottsdale, AZ (SCF), which is 14 mi (22.5 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Carefree?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,803 vacation rentals near Carefree. From 1,273 Houses to 892 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Carefree for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Carefree?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Carefree:

  • Carefree Fore: 29 vacation rentals
  • Phoenix: 7,475 vacation rentals
  • Paradise Valley Village: 3,742 vacation rentals
  • North Scottsdale: 3,502 vacation rentals
  • McCormick Ranch: 1,874 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Carefree?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Carefree. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Desert Forest Golf Club: 3,081 vacation rentals
  • Carefree Desert Gardens and Sundial: 3,010 vacation rentals
  • Kierland Commons: 2,448 vacation rentals
  • Fountain Hills Fountain: 5,612 vacation rentals
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital: 6,515 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Carefree listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Carefree?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,273 Houses in Carefree. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Carefree include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 892 rentals available
  • Villas: 152 rentals available
  • Estates: 31 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Carefree?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,391 vacation rentals with pool available in Carefree. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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