Wildflowers in the desert
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Tip-Toe Through the Wildflowers
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Hiking in Lost Dutchman State Park
Superstition Mountains
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Kayaking on the Salt River
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Outdoor Adventure

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 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

Coming from rural Illinois to The Grand Canyon state, I've noticed the vast difference in outdoor recreation. In Mesa, Arizona you might be a bit surprised to hear there are three lakes and two rivers within 30 minutes of the Mesa border. Water recreation opportunities are plentiful for boating, fishing, rafting, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, tubing, and so much more.  Click here to see a full listing of lakes and water exploration for you to explore. Every weekend since I've moved to Arizona has been filled with some new and exciting adventure. Recently,

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 7:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Stargazing in Mesa City Limitless®

Look up and get lost in one of Arizona greatest night time attractions, the stars. Arizona’s clear desert skies offer some of the best viewing conditions in the world for astronomical observations. Mesa’s night sky programs in our parks offer year-round opportunities for visitors to gaze at the stars. Here are just a few ways to look up during your visit:   East Valley Astronomy Club Holding monthly star parties, sharing their telescopes while knowledge amateur astronomers locate constellations, count the moons of Jupiter and rings around Saturn. Star parties begin

Friday, March 23, 2018 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Get Wild for Flowers

Wildflowers in the Desert   There is something magical about desert Wildflowers with fierce beauty they continue to blossom every Spring in places you would never imagine. Even with our rain total being less than the average year, wildflowers continue to bloom throughout the Mesa desert landscape until late May. The desert becomes filled with hues of red, purple, orange and blue – all back dropped by Arizona’s lushes green indigenous desert flora. The most common wildflowers can be found at various elevations in our surrounding desert:   Brittlebush, Cactus Blossoms,

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:00 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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 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

Monday, March 5, 2018 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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

National Plan for Vacation Day 2018

Take Advantage of Your Vacation Days This Year! The U.S. Travel Association’s, Project: Time Off , is highlighting the importance and benefits of why taking time off is essential to your mental, emotional, and physical well being. The research shows that more than half of workers in the United States do not take their full allotted vacation days, meaning that roughly 662 million vacation days have gone unused in previous years.Can you believe that? Time Off suggests that the best remedy is to start planning and to start early. In order to bring awareness to the increasing cases of

Monday, January 22, 2018 11:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

18 Reasons to Visit Mesa in 2018

  We are celebrating the new year with new adventures and classic experiences throughout our beloved City Limitless ® , and by reminding you to visit Mesa! Here's our list of must-see & must-do activities and destinations for 2018 to get you started planning your next vacation with us in Mesa:           1. Adventure Explorer Utopia  Located in the Sonoran Desert, Mesa is surrounded by a rich, vibrant and verdant playground for sought-after outdoor recreation. From hiking mountain tops to kayaking along calm rivers and canyon-carved

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