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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Outdoor Adventure

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 8:25 AM by Visit Mesa Team

7 Ways to Enjoy Saguaro Lake this Fall

We here at Visit Mesa like to remind ourselves of just how lucky we are to be located so close to Saguaro Lake. Named for the many beautiful saguaro cacti that surround it, the lake has more than 22 miles of shoreline and is 118 feet deep at its deepest point. What we love about the lake is that it offers so much to do. With the beautiful fall weather approaching we’ve put together a list of 7 ways to enjoy Saguaro Lake. Take a day trip, spend a weekend, however long you want to go, Saguaro Lake should be on your fall bucket list, and these are 7 reasons why. 1. The Desert Belle Tour

Monday, September 14, 2015 8:32 AM

12 Photos of Mesa That Will Give You Wanderlust

Wanderlust: noun; “a strong desire to travel.” Here at Visit Mesa we know that Mesa’s natural beauty is no joke. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and it’s a place full of adventure. That’s why we found these 12 different photos in and surrounding Mesa to show you why our city will jump start your wanderlust.

Monday, August 31, 2015 8:30 AM by Visit Mesa Team

It's as Easy as Riding a Bike

Being named one of the top 10 cities for bicyclists by Forbes Magazine, Mesa is the perfect place to hit the trails (or the bike lanes)! You can bike 12 months of the year here in Mesa, so pick a place, strap on your helmet and start peddling! http://www.visitmesa.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/cycling/ Mountain Bikers For avid mountain bikers, explore the Superstition Wilderness or ride along Power Road and the Lower Salt River into the Tonto National Forest. Enjoy Arizona’s great outdoors by bike! Another place to check out is Desert Trails Park. This 35-acre park has several

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

SCENIC DISCOVERIES IN MESA, ARIZONA

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

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