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

Native American Culture 

For an authentic Wild West experience in Arizona, go to Fort McDowell Adventures and visit one or all four of their unique event venues. Situated in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, this premier outdoor venue can accommodate tons of activities for families and groups ranging from 10 to 2,000.

Event Set Up

The on-site venue, La Puesta del Sol, is perfect for weddings or any large event, offering an incredible Southwestern-inspired backdrop. Or, if you'd rather get your boots dirty, saddle up at The Stables for a trail ride across the Verde River. Cattle drives and horseback riding tours are a specialty.  At Rosa's Ranch, sit back and sip on an ice cold Prickly Pair margarita


Trail Ride

Take control of your next adventure and sign up for their guided Segway tours or steer your own wheel on Green Zebra Tom Car through the desert.

Segway tour at Fort McDowell Adventures


***This Friday*** October 3rd is the start of the ever-popular Friday Night Franks, happening the 1st Friday each month through May. Head out to this cowboy cookout and become enchanted by the rich stories of the Yavapai Nation. 

Friday Night Franks

For more information on Fort McDowell Adventures, please visit their website here.

Fort McDowell Adventures
14803 N Hiawatha Hood Rd
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
Tel: 480-816-6465