Marking Time by Day and the North Star by Night
The Carefree Sundial resides in downtown Carefree along Easy Street within the Carefree Desert Gardens.
Completed in 1959, it is the largest sundial in the United States and third-largest in the world! It was designed at the request of Carefree founder, K.T. Palmer, by architect Joe Wong, and solar engineer John Yellott.
The Sundial extends 72 feet, is 90 feet in diameter and points to the north star. The huge dial is made of steel and plated with anodized copper, and the metal gnomon (the shadow-casting portion of the dial) rises 35 feet above the plaza.
The Carefree Sundial is a majestic structure to photograph against the gorgeous backdrop of the Sonoran Desert.