World's Tallest Kachina and America's Largest Sun Dial: Hidden Valley
The "World's Tallest Kachina" looms over the sleepy subdivision of Tonto Hills, about six miles east of Carefree. This 40-foot tall marvel lends a splash of color to the adobe landscape, and has become an off-the-roadside attraction for visitors to the Valley.
Designed by renowned Southwest sculptor Phillips Sanderson, the kachina is made in four sections, which makes it movable. There's a "For Sale" sign at its feet, and if you're interested in having it moved to your yard, it can reportedly be yours for the sale price of $400,000.
It's a bit of a drive from central Phoenix, but makes for a great road trip. The kachina is actually just the last sightseeing stop along that stretch of Cave Creek Road.
Visitors to the Carefree Sun Dial marvel at its size.
The Carefree Sun Dial, "America's Largest Sun Dial," is about eight miles west of the kachina. Designed in 1959 by solar engineer John Yellot and architect Joe Wong, the 62-foot sundial points to the north star and is the largest sculpture in an already-impressive sculpture garden. It's also surrounded by a quaint shopping plaza that includes various art galleries, Native American jewelry stores, the English Rose Tea Room, the Black Mountain Coffee Shop, The Door Store, and AZ Wine.
Oh, and there's this really cool slide made to look like a Gila Monster, too:
An unexpected side show.
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