The Cave Creek Museum revealed plans for a Veterans Memory Garden that will be part of its botanical garden.

According to Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum executive director, a capital campaign will result in a beautiful, moving, respectful and memorable gathering place that veterans and visitors will want to share.

“It’s in recognition of all who served and those who will serve,” Johnson said. “Cave Creek Museum wishes to create a quiet space on our grounds for reflection by those who have fought for our country through the generations; thoughts on the lives changed by their actions; thoughts about serenity and peace provided by our great military; and thoughts on having days without destruction, turmoil and loss.”

The garden will have six sections — one for each branch of the military — indicated by flags. In the center, Cave Creek veterans and the unknown fallen will be honored. Desert flora, flags and other thoughtful elements will weave through the garden. The museum will work with community partners to bring the project to life.

The project was inspired by May’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Virginia’s Arlington National Cemetery. That memorial was created in 1921 as a people’s memorial to honor the unknown American fallen service members who have not been identified.

“This amazing garden will be created in honor of veterans,” Johnson said. “Veterans Memory Garden will be a dignified, peaceful place to reflect on veterans’ service, to think about family history and to reflect on the freedoms we have today. We know it will be a point of pride for the community.”

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Here’s a sampling of its other upcoming programs.

Desert Discovery Days

Cave Creek Museum, in conjunction with Desert Foothills Land Trust, will host Desert Discovery Days at the Jewel of the Creek from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

Spur Cross, the Jewel of the Creek, is located at 40029 N. Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek.

‘Arizona’s Scenic Road & Hikes’

Cave Creek Museum will feature Roger Naylor, author of “Arizona’s Scenic Road & Hikes” in its historic church from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Well-known Arizona author Naylor also wrote “Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers;” “Arizona Kicks on Route 66;” and “Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth.”

With his newest book, Naylor features all 27 of Arizona’s state-designated scenic and historic roads, including five national scenic byways. The writer, blogger and hiker shows stunning drives, which are arranged by region, including start and ending points, mileage, vivid photos, full descriptions and suggestions on local places to eat and sleep. Naylor’s book also has garnered accolades.

In 2018, he was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame. His previous book, “Arizona State Parks,” also was an award winner. It received the 2020 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award as best Arizona Travel Book.

Naylor is the official narrator of Verde Canyon Railroad.

The program is free to museum members. Adult nonmembers pay only $10, seniors are $8 as are students 12 years and older. Children under 12 years are free. The cost also gives guests’ admission to the museum’s wonderful exhibits. Tickets may be purchases at No culture passes accepted. Reservations are strongly recommended.

The Boys of ’63

Cave Creek Museum will partner with Harold’s Corral and T2 Entertainment for a fundraising event with The Boys of ’63.

This show features four vocalists who sing Billy Joel to Earth Wind and Fire. Tickets can be purchased at

The 52-year-old museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, history, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek Mining District and the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits.

Open October to May, the Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 E. Skyline Drive in Cave Creek. The museum can be reached at 480-488-2764 or