A Part of Our Heritage

full_moon“It was a moonlit evening in 1963. My husband and I and another couple were making the lonely, quiet drive home through the tall saguaros and thickets of jumping Cholla. We spoke of our fear that the roadside would become lined with neon-lit gas stations and motels like Apache Boulevard in Mesa where we had been earlier in the day. Creating the Scenic Drive was our way of preserving the desert. Other founders included Fred Griffin, Les Rhuart and Vince Thelander.”  Corkie Cockburn, Drive Founder and long-time Cave Creek resident

The tradition of the Scenic Drive is as interesting as the scenery and surroundings.

Read About History, View Old Photos

Heritage Timeline

This is a quick review of the actions people have taken since 1963 (and thousands of hours of donated time) to create, maintain, and enhance the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive.

Review Heritage Timeline   Read  “50 Years (Almost)Down the Road, May 2012 – PDF


In our “stacks” you will find the titles and source of articles, papers and books related to the Scenic Drive.

Review Archives


Frequently Asked Questions

Who maintains the plant signs? Who owns the land along adjacent to the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive? Find the answers to these and other questions about the Scenic Drive in our FAQs.

Review FAQs