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No matter where you rest your head in Mesa City Limitless, exploring the region is a top to-do for visitors. Like most major metropolitan areas, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and at Visit Mesa we couldn't agree more. When you add together the neighborhoods of Gilbert, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, and Fort McDowell - Mesa visitors have an endless landscape to explore. If travel at its core is all about discovery then you have it here in City Limitless®.
The Town of Queen Creek is a growing community with an authentic hometown atmosphere that residents are proud to call home. What's not to love? Better known as “The QC,” the area features an incredible heritage of family farms that welcome visitors all year round. With a variety of attractions offering entertainment for all ages, visitors will experience a unique part of the Valley of the Sun. Mesa's famed Fresh Foodie Agritourism Trail leads visitors straight to the heart of Queen Creek. Queen Creek is home to Schnepf Farms, which has been designated as an “Arizona Treasure,” the ever-popular and Food Network famous Queen Creek Olive Mill, Hayden Flour Mills at Sossaman Farms, The Pork Shop, and Desert Roots Farm - just to name a few. For more than a century now, farmers have held on to tradition and their bounty is a true testament to Arizona's fertile terroir. Cowboys at heart or visitors that want to simply play the part can do so at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, where they have changed the definition of spectator sport with the many equine events and competitions that are showcased here.
North of Mesa is the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, a 950-member Native American tribe which calls Central Arizona's upper Sonoran Desert home. The Fort Mc Dowell Yavapai, the "Abaja - the people" are one of three Yavapai tribes in Arizona. The Yavapai are among the Yuman-speaking peoples, which also include the Hualapai, Havasupai, Kumeyaay, Pai Pai, Cocopah and other Southwestern tribes. Fort McDowell Yavapais take great pride in their community, and through perseverance and hard work have built a strong, stable community and economy. The nation owns and operates a number of exciting attractions for Mesa visitors to enjoy including the Fort McDowell Casino, Fort McDowell Adventures (a Western-themed outdoor venue where guests can take horseback rides and other desert adventures), the Eagle View RV Park, the award-winning WeKoPa Golf Club, Fort McDowell Farms. Fort McDowell is the ideal location to enjoy many outdoor recreation tours. With numerous attractions and events occurring daily, visitors will enjoy the stunning, untouched Sonoran Desert scenery that makes up their beautiful lands.
Just outside of Mesa, there is an assortment of must-see attractions that make up the Wild Horse Pass Development Authority. Located on the tribal lands of the Gila River Indian Community is an award-winning collection of visitor attractions unique to Arizona’s history and culture. The Gila River Indian Community celebrates the culture of the Maricopa and Pima people which have had a strong presence in the Sonoran Desert since 300 B.C. Some of the area’s finest offerings can be found here including the always popular Phoenix Premium Outlets. Shopping is at its finest here, with 90-plus name brand stores offering discount prices. At Rawhide Western Town, visitors can go back in time to the 1880’s when the West was wild! Work up an appetite and enjoy hearty mesquite-grilled steak dinners at the Rawhide Steakhouse and Golden Belle Saloon. Plan for daytime or evening fun at Wild Horse Pass Casino, featuring the newest in gaming entertainment. Visitors will want to relax and soak up sunshine at the Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, stop by the bar for a Best Brew®, glass of wine, or a cocktail. Step outside and tee it up at Toka Sticks Golf Club. The stunning tree-lined course offers up challenging shots on long fairways. When combined, Wild Horse Pass offers up a perfect collection of offerings for Mesa visitors.
Within the shadow of the Superstition Mountains and just east of Mesa lies Apache Junction - the trailhead to adventure along the Historic Apache Trail. Arizona Office of Tourism has named Highway 88 one of the most scenic by-ways in all the Southwest. Apache Junction has a long and colorful past reaching back to every element of the American Southwest: ancient Indian cultures, Spanish explorers, the lure of rich gold mines, and open range for the western cattlemen. Add in the local legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine and the deadly hide & seek between the U.S. Military and the indigenous Apache bands, and you have a place that vibrates with history. Stop in the Superstition Mountain Museum to hear the whole story. While here, no one can overlook the splendors of the unincorporated village of Gold Canyon next door. Once a working cattle ranch bordering the Superstition Wilderness, it is now best known for the world famous Gold Canyon Golf Resort, luxury spas, fine restaurants, lush accommodations and premier golf. The combination of both destinations promise a great Arizona getaway for travelers to Mesa City Limitless.