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.

Although it's technically located in Scottsdale, the kachina is on Cave Creek Road, just east of the towns of Carefree and Cave Creek. It sits off to the west side of the street, atop a small hill at the entrance to the Tonto Hills community, a couple miles past the sign for Bartlett Lake.

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.
Visitors to the Carefree Sun Dial marvel at its size.
E. Groves


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.
An unexpected side show.
E. Groves


For more information on the Carefree Sun Dial, click here. For more information on the World's Tallest Kachina, check out this Phoenix New Times news short.



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