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Outdoor Adventure

In the Southwest, the summer season means longer days to fill with outdoor adventure, and there’s still time for one last summer vacation. Our team at Visit Mesa has put together exclusive discounted summer travel packages that are available now for those that want to dive in and cool off in sunshine-filled Arizona. We’ve amazing summer values for desert thrill-seekers of all ages with hotels and attractions offering discounts on incredible, one-of-a-kind experiences for families and outdoor adventurists. This summer’s exclusive Visit Mesa travel packages feature everything

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 1:32 PM

Wild West Adventures at Fort McDowell

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 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 10:09 AM

10 Tips for better vacation photos

What's a vacation without taking pictures... right? Well as technology advances, so can your photos! Put those iphones, ipads and cameras to use and get creative. Here are a few tips we learned from  Mashable  that you might just want to consider before you start snapping away on your next adventure. 1. Take a moment to line up your shot. Taking an extra minute to set up the perfect shot really pays off. 2. Take a step back, to capture the whole picture. Don't just take closeups. Take a moment to focus on all the beauty that's around you. 3. Break the rules. The rule of

Thursday, August 7, 2014 4:00 PM


One of the most popular day trips for anyone visiting Mesa is up the historic Apache Trail through the mysterious Superstition Mountains and into the foothills of the Tonto Natural Forest - the fifth largest forest in the United States. To this day, the area continues to pay homage to its Western roots which took shape in the late 1800s. On this scenic drive guests will encounter an authentic old west stagecoach stop, a ghost town, the famous Elvis Presley Chapel, and the majesty of a mountain lake, all nestled in the beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape that captures the true essence of

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,

If you thought catching an Arizona sunset was on the must-do list, try seeing our stars! Mesa's night sky programming is one of the most popular year-round activities for visitors to the Southwest. In Mesa, Arizona's third-largest city, you can get far enough from the bright city lights and open up your eyes to a star-studded sky. Arizona's clear desert skies offer some of the finest viewing conditions in the world for astronomical observations. The Italian astronomer Galileo is credited with pointing the first telescope skyward almost 400 years ago and we've been entranced

Mesa, Arizona is neighbors to the  Tonto National Forest  and visitors to this desert oasis take advantage of being incredibly close to one of the nation's largest playgrounds. Tonto is the fifth largest forest in the United States and one of the most-visited "urban" forests in the country. There are three lakes and two rivers in Mesa that allow for desert boating, paddle boarding, kayaking and water skiing. These tucked away canyons, raging rivers and expansive lakes are all surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges. Mesa has miles of shoreline and miles of trails

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:21 AM

"Udderly" Delighted in Mesa, Arizona

As a child, rooted in some of the finest green hardwoods in the nation, I grew up surrounded by beautiful nature, fresh black Illinois soil and animals galore. Fortunately, seven acres of fresh green grass and endless amounts of land surrounded me, allowing me to roam freely. While growing up, video games, fancy iPhones, or cable TV did not interest me so I was either at my neighbor's house helping milk cows or riding horses in the pasture. Speaking of milking cows, I recently moved to the Grand Canyon state, Arizona, figuring my days on the farm would be over, envisioning nothing but

Since Mesa Sports Tourism & Developments’ inception we have scored some fairly significant sporting events in Mesa.  You could make the case that none have been bigger than the event Mesa just landed this week!  The 2013-2016 USA Swimming Grand Prix series will be making a stop and calling Mesa home for 4 years. The Grand Prix series is a showcase series for USA Swimming.  An annual six city stop, the Grand Prix attracts 600-800 competitive swimmers from across the nation, and even internationally, in every city it is held.  This year’s meets included elite

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 12:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms

It’s Time… Don’t Miss the Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms – May 12-13 & 19-20 Every May is peach picking time in Arizona. At Schnepf Farms they have created an Arizona tradition for residents and visitors alike for 70 years! If you find that all roads leading into Queen Creek this weekend are jammed, it’s because families are flocking to Schnepf Farms to get their peach on! The largest peach grower in the state, here you can pick your own peaches and take in some good ol’ countryside entertainment in the 300 acre peach orchard. Peach pies, peach