Welcome to the Carefree Desert Gardens

The crown jewel of Carefree and an amazing oasis in the desert, the Carefree Desert Gardens is one of only two public botanical gardens in the Valley, located along pedestrian-friendly Easy Street in downtown Carefree, AZ. The Gardens are FREE to access*, and are open 365 days a year.

Situated on four acres, visitors can stroll and enjoy rare and fascinating desert plant specimens on a self-guided walking tour, allowing for a visual and emotional connection with nature. Walking Tour Map

Things to Do
Explore one of the largest working Sundials in the U.S.!
Visit the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, home of a variety of Town events and concerts
Attend a Garden Seminar, held the 2nd Saturday of the month, Jan.–April
Kiwanis Splash Park – OPEN April-Oct., 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Children's Playground, featuring a Gila Monster slide!
Free Little Library Book Exchange

*Signature Garden Events such as Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, Christmas in Carefree and other special events may require a nominal fee for garden entry.
  • Horticulturalist  Rita Gosnell
  • Carefree Resident – Joe DeVito
Henry Molder


Are you an artisan or musician looking to perform in the Gardens? Learn more about our Sight and Sounds Experience in the Gardens. 

2019 Artist Application COMING SOON!