Adjacent to Mesa in the northeast Valley you will find the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. This treasured community is a 40-square mile reservation representing the ancestral territory of the once nomadic Yavapai Tribe. Flowing through the reservation is the Verde River, whose calm waters serve as the life source for the surrounding lush desert vegetation, not to mention Fort McDowell Farm.
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is home to several unique tourist offerings within close proximity of Mesa's borders. To learn more about the nation and their many enterprises, visit www.ftmcdowell.org.
Fort McDowell Adventures: For some of the most authentic Wild West experiences in Arizona, go to Fort McDowell Adventures. Situated in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, this premier outdoor activity and event venue can accommodate groups from 10 to 2,000. Head out to Friday Night Franks for a cowboy cookout and learn about the Yavapai Nation and their cultural heritage or hop aboard the Tequila Bus with tour guide Chewy. The on-site venue, La Puesta del Sol, is perfect for a sit-down event offering an incredible Southwestern-inspired backdrop. Or, gather up the greenhorns in your group and set out for the trail. Cattle drives and horseback riding tours are a specialty there.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club: Developed by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, We-Ko-Pa, Yavapai for "Four Peaks", is a daily fee golf facility that consists of two spectacular 18-hole layouts that are certain to challenge and inspire golfers of all levels. In addition to the two championship golf courses, there is a world-class practice facility to hone all aspects of your game and a full service clubhouse with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and of the Sonoran Desert. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is consistently ranked as one of the best, top 100 modern courses in Arizona by Golfweek magazine. The club features a full-service restaurant, bar and expansive patio.
Fort McDowell Casino: Fort McDowell Casino is the closest gaming facility to Mesa. In addition to slots, Fort McDowell Casino offers Keno, Bingo, Black Jack and a large card room for tournament-style play. For your added convenience, Fort McDowell Casino offers a complimentary shuttle service for their afternoon Bingo sessions with several morning pick-ups throughout Mesa. The matinee bingo shuttle departs the casino promptly at 4:30 p.m. Five on-site restaurants offer an incredible variety of dining choices from New York deli combinations to sushi and a hearty Chinese and Vietnamese noodles menu. Sit down and take a break from it all or grab and go and get back to the game! Not to be missed is the free live entertainment taking place every Friday through Sunday at Lucky 7 Saloon. Guests will enjoy a continually changing line-up of incredibly talented performers.
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