FAQ | Visit Mesa


Visit Mesa's most frequently asked questions.

Q. What is the altitude of Mesa?

A. 1,241 feet above sea level.

Q. What is the population of Mesa?

A. In 2005, Mesa's population was approximately 460,000, making it the third largest city in Arizona following Phoenix and Tucson.

Q. Where is Visit Mesa located?

A. Our Visitor Center is located in downtown Mesa in the Lobby at 1 N. Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201. We are on the corner of Macdonald and Main St. The lobby entrance is located on the North side of the building. 3 hour public parking is available at the lot on the corner of N. Macdonald and W. Pepper Pl.

Q. How far is Mesa from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix?

A. Sky Harbor is 12 miles from downtown Mesa.

Q. What is the average winter temperature? Average summer temperature?

A. Winter temperatures range from highs in the upper 60s to lows in the upper 30s. Summer average temperatures range from lows in the mid 70s to highs just over 100 degrees.

Q. How do I get tickets to Chicago Cubs Spring Training games?

A. In January, individual game tickets are available locally at Sloan Park at 2330 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa. Tickets are available by phone at 1.800.THE.CUBS usually beginning in January.

Q. How far is Mesa from other areas of interest in Arizona?

  • Flagstaff - 161 miles
  • Grand Canyon - 248 miles
  • Nogales - 180 miles
  • Sedona - 132 miles
  • Kartchner Caverns - 168 miles
  • Tucson 117 miles
  • Tombstone - 188 miles
  • Lake Havasu - 217 miles
  • Prescott - 116 miles

Q. What are the most popular natural attractions in the area?

A. Superstition Mountains, Apache Trail, Salt and Verde Rivers, Usery Pass and area lakes.

Q. Where and when can I see wildflowers in bloom?

A. Depending on the amount of rain the desert gets, the wildflower season usually peaks in March. The desert comes alive with color from wildflowers such as lupine, desert marigold, and Mexican gold poppy, as well as shrubs such as brittlebush, jojoba, and fairy duster. The top spots for wildflower viewing:

  1. From Mesa, take Country Club Drive (Highway 87) northeast to the Saguaro Lake turnoff; drive around the lake and return to Mesa via the Bush Highway.
  2. Take I-10 east to Tucson and stop off at Picacho Peak State Park.
  3. From Mesa, take U.S. 60 east toward Superior; stop off at Boyce Thompson State Park.
  4. Highway 88 northeast of Mesa; stop off at Lost Dutchman State Park.

Q. When can I see cacti blooming?

A. From March through late May, ocotillo blossoms are a scarlet display in the desert landscape. Hedgehog blooms usually at the end of March but can bloom as late as mid-April, and only lasts about two weeks. Prickly Pear usually begin to bloom in early April continuing through late May. The mighty Saguaro displays its creamy white blooms usually by the middle of May, with late May to early June as the peak time. The cholla flowers begin in mid-May and last until late August. The summer rains prompt the barrel cactus to bloom, beginning by mid-June and peaking in late August.

Q. I've heard there's a dinosaur museum in Mesa; is that true?

A. Dinosaur Mountain at the Arizona Museum of Natural History comes alive with dinosaurs from the Jurassic to Cretaceous periods. The museum is located in downtown Mesa at First Street and Macdonald. The museum information phone number is (480) 644-2230.

Q. What activities are there for children?

A. Mesa has a child-oriented fine arts center at the i.d.e.a. Museum, which features changing art exhibits and unique hands-on art activities. Other places for children: Arizona Museum of Natural History, featuring Dinosaur Mountain; Golfland/SunSplash, a large entertainment center and giant playground featuring three miniature golf courses, a 15,000-sq. ft. castle with arcade, and a water park; Amazing Jakes, an indoor game pavilion; and the Phoenix Zoo, with over 1,300 animals on four trails

Q. Do you have a Privacy Policy?

A. Yes, here it is: This web site is owned and operated by Visit Mesa. We recognize that many visitors to our site may be concerned about the information they provide to us and how we treat that information. At our site, we don't collect personally-identifiable information from individuals unless they provide it to us voluntarily and knowingly. This means we don't require you to provide information to us in order to view our site. If you specifically agreed to be put on our mailing list we may also contact you from time to time. You can always change your preference for follow-up contacts just by e-mailing us at any time.

Request for personal information:
In the Contact Us section of our site, we ask for some personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, and phone number. We use this information only if we need to contact you directly because our attempts to contact you by e-mail were unsuccessful. We don't use the information internally for other purposes and we don't share it with anyone outside of Visit Mesa. We don't use your e-mail address for any purpose other than responding to the message you sent.

Use of Site Material:
We don't mind if individuals want to make a single copy of a document published by us on this Site for personal use, provided that our copyright notice is prominently displayed on your copy. However, we do mind if you are downloading documents, parts of documents, logos, and other materials from our Site for your own commercial purposes without prior written consent.

We provide links to other web sites that we think may be of interest to our users. By providing links, we are not endorsing the materials disseminated by publishers at those web sites, and we are not responsible for the materials at any other site. Likewise, the existence of a link to another web site does not imply that the person or organization at that site endorses any of the materials at this site.

We may modify these Terms and Conditions, at any time without notice.

Q. Do you have a policy for contests on your mobile site?

A. Yes, here it is: Visit Mesa is proud to offer giveaways. To be entered into the contest, users must complete the entry form agreeing to receive VisitMesa updates and click "submit". One winner will be selected when the contest concludes. After 24 hours or the next business day, the winner will be announced and that person will be notified with instructions on how to redeem the giveaway. Upon notification, the winner has two weeks, or 14 calendar days, to respond to verify the prize. If verification is not sent by the winner within those two weeks, a new prize winner will randomly be selected. VisitMesa is not responsible for notifying the original winner that they have forfeited the prize.

While Visit Mesa is happy to offer giveaways, there are restrictions to prevent anyone with an unfair advantage from winning. Any employee of the property participating in the giveaway, or their direct family members, are not eligible to win. Should Visit Mesa learn that someone affiliated with one of these groups has posted the winning answer, the gift certificate will be revoked and the winner will be liable to pay for the giveaway if already used. Individuals who won during the previous three months will be denied and a new prize winner will be randomly selected.

Visit Mesa reserves the right to deny awarding the giveaway prize to any participant. Giveaways are subject to terms of the company providing the giveaway including, but not limited to: advanced reservations, based on availability, and all giveaways are not redeemable for cash.

Visit Mesa

Mailing Address:
1 N. Macdonald, Ste 209 Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 480-827-4700
Fax: 480-827-4704

Our Visitor Center is located in the Lobby at 1 N. Macdonald, Mesa AZ 85201
Visitor Center Hours are 8am-5pm, Tuesday-Friday (excluding federal holidays)
Office Hours are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday (excluding federal holidays)