Metate / Towhee is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, AZ that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Welcome to Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. The newest addition to Maricopa Countys Regional Parks System, the conservation area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert. The north Valley location contains fascinating archaeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. Remnants of early mining and ranching, from which the park gets its name, are still apparent in the park. This area is a must see for all wildflower lovers in the spring. The abundant vegetation present in the conservation area provides a rich habitat for a diverse assemblage of wildlife. http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/spur_cross/default.aspx
Solid trail, good for those not having a lot of time to commit to a full on hike or looking for an activity to kill some time. There is a great wealth of wild life and animals to watch and see so this is a good one for kids - it keeps their interest.