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Wednesday, July 5, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Water Wonderland in the Desert

Contrary to the portrayal in classic Western movies, there is more to our desert than cactus, dirt, and tumbleweeds. Mesa, Arizona is a gateway to the ultimate water recreation paradise consisting of three lakes and two rivers.  Go just outside of our city limits and you’ve made it to Tonto National Forest. It’s one of the many places in Arizona where the Sonoran Desert’s iconic Saguaro cactus grow and one of the few places left where the wild horses roam. Tonto is the fifth largest forest in the United States and one of the most-visited "urban" forests in the

Friday, April 7, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

10 Tips for Desert Safety

Before you hit the trails 1. Always pack water. Avoid dehydration by drinking water often throughout your hike. A good rule of thumb is to pack one gallon of water for a full-day of desert exploring.   2. Dress appropriately. Desert temperatures can hit extreme highs and extreme lows in a 24-hour period. Wearing layers helps slow dehydration and limits your sun exposure. Always wear closed-toe shoes. Wearing a hat and sunglasses are also recommended.   3. Apply sunscreen – often. Even in the winter months, Arizona’s direct sunlight can cause severe burns.   4. Hike

Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 PM by Visit Mesa Team

Fort McDowell - Spend All Day Here!

Sometimes, checking out a new destination means hopping around from one attraction to the next. Slow it down and enjoy a variety of activities in Mesa City Limitless® by spending a full 24-hours on the nearby Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.   Work on your backswing at  We-Ko-Pa Golf Club – 7:30 a.m. Book an early morning tee time to enjoy the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert while hitting the links. We-Ko-Pa’s two distinct courses, Cholla and Saguaro, offer breathtaking views of Red Mountain, Four Peaks, and the Superstition Mountains. Named as one of the Best Resort

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 10:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

17 Reasons to Visit Mesa in '17

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to travel and explore more? Check out these reasons why Mesa should be on your list of destinations in 2017.   1. Fresh Foodie Trail® In Mesa, our bountiful harvest is one that we proudly share with our visitors all year long. Here, fresh experiences and a treasured heritage of family farms and long-standing festivals make for lasting memories. Hop on our Fresh Foodie Trail ® and learn about the process of making extra virgin olive oil with Queen Creek Olive Mill’s Olive Oil 101 Tour, or take a peek at the 5,000-square-foot vertical

Friday, November 18, 2016 11:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Opt Outside in Mesa this Black Friday

Last year, outdoor recreational retailer REI decided to shut its doors on Black Friday and encourage consumers to #OptOutside instead of standing in long lines at stores. They are back at it again this year with their campaign and already have almost 2 million people that have pledged to venture outside with them. If you’re in Mesa for the holiday weekend, we have rounded up some outdoor adventures should you choose to forego shopping for great deals.   Hiking and Exploring the Sonoran Desert Head out of the shopper-filled city and enjoy the Sonoran Desert at Usery Mountain Regional

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:48 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Happy Trails to You

  Get outside, soak in the sunshine, and hit our trails by foot to experience the desert up close and personal. Mesa is surrounded by hiking trails for all ages with varying levels of difficulty and distances to choose from. Though Mesa boasts miles and miles of desert hiking trails, we’ve selected a few of our favorites for you.   All of the trails below are dog friendly. If you are looking for more dog friendly activities for your trip to Mesa, check out our blog here .   Kid Friendly - Merkle Trail This 0.9 mile loop trail at Usery Mountain Regional Park is perfect for

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Explore Mesa with Your Four-Legged Friend

Sometimes I get asked if I have any children, with which I’ll quickly reply “yes, my four-legged fur child is my world!” I will take her with me wherever possible: happy hour – where I will seek out a dog friendly patio; Home Depot - she sniffs out the best plants; the post office - I can probably use her drool for the stamp. If there is one time I feel most guilty leaving her behind, it is on vacation. If you are a crazy dog mom (or dad) like me, don’t leave your pup behind while visiting Mesa. Here are some dog friendly activities you and your furry friend can

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 5:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Compete In Your Own Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics have commenced and we are keeping our eyes on all the action! Over the next couple of weeks, you don’t have to be in Rio to get into the spirit of the games.  Here in City Limitless®, we have so many fun activities you can do to create your own Olympic experience.   Get ready for some fun filled competition at Topgolf Gilbert .  Choose from a variety of different golfing games ranging from chipping to driving, and everything in between.  Even spectators can enjoy themselves with a cocktail in hand. Take a swing and create your own Olympics with

The buzz is real and we’re not just talking about Beedrill …   Growing up in the 90’s definitely has its perks, including having to rewind a VHS or cassette and watching Saturday morning cartoons.  The Millennial Generation has an undeniable appreciation of this new phenomenon, Pokémon Go , as it has made an incredible debut into our digitally-focused world.  Nowadays, we are more in tune with our phones and technology than ever, and with the launch of Pokémon Go… we’re having nostalgic flashbacks of collecting cards, singing the

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 4:26 PM by Visit Mesa Team

Native Neighbors

New this year, Visit Mesa and the Wild Horse Pass Development Authority have partnered to share their award-winning collection of visitor attractions unique to Arizona’s history and culture. From the brand-new Four Points Sheraton Hotel at Toka Sticks, to the Western town of Rawhide, there are now even more experiences to choose from when deciding to stay in Mesa. The 134-room Four Points by Sheraton opened last summer providing convenience and accessibility for those flying into Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport . Located just one mile west of the airport, they offer complimentary shuttle