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Mesa is an Outdoor Lover’s Dream

City Limitless: Arizona adventures await in the American Southwest.

SUP paddle boarding at Canyon Lake. PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT MESA

Welcome to Mesa, Arizona’s third-largest city. This Sonoran Desert playground is the perfect spot for Western and outdoor adventure, culinary discoveries and authentic Arizona beauty. In fact, Mesa was named the “Best Place for Outdoor Lovers” because of its nearby mountains and canyon lands, and the thousands of acres of natural desert that surrounds the urban city core.

Staying in Mesa is perfect for visitors who want to take easy day trips to experience Native American communities and culture, as well as shopping, hiking and even visiting the Grand Canyon. Mesa is home to a premium selection of full-service hotels and is the ideal “hub and spoke” destination for exploring all of Arizona’s unique experiences and landscapes.

Tonto National Forest

Kids paddle boarding at Salt River.

Mesa neighbours the Tonto National Forest, and visitors to this desert oasis find themselves 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 forests in the country.

Mesa’s three lakes and two rivers allow for desert boating, paddle boarding, kayaking and water skiing, and these tucked-away canyons, rivers and interconnected lake systems are all surrounded by breathtaking Arizona mountain ranges. Mesa has miles of shoreline and miles of trails that set the stage for backcountry wilderness trips with expert outfitters serving as guides.

The breathtaking Superstition Mountains to the east serve as an iconic backdrop for the city and a gateway to adventure. Ghostly and volcanic, the Superstition Mountains rise some 2,000 feet into the desert sky and offer hiking and horse trails fit for every level of enthusiast. Venture down the Historic Apache Trail to find Lost Dutchman State Park. Hidden in the depths of this forbidding range is the Lost Dutchman, one of the most storied “lost mines” of the West, where you’ll find five hiking trails that range in distance and elevation. The U.S. Forest Service protects these beautiful mountains as one of the nation’s most popular designated wilderness areas.

Superstition Mountain at dusk. PHOTO BY MATTHEW WHEELER


With more than 3,600 acres, Usery Mountain Park offers plenty of opportunities for visitors to experience the beautiful desert landscape. Everything from hiking, biking and horseback riding is available along with a year-round events schedule and programs to entertain and teach visitors about the Sonoran Desert. The Nature Center is a must-see and visitors can select from daily programs centered on desert education and entertainment. Flashlight walks, scorpion hunts, stargazing sessions and full-moon hikes are just some of the fun activities available year-round.


Getting There 

Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport now offers non-stop flights to and from Calgary and Edmonton on WestJet. Visitors can also arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, located just 10 minutes away from the city’s collection of name-brand hotels featuring extended stay options. Visitors can also gain easy access to Mesa hotels and the city’s core by hopping aboard Metro Light Rail. With the airport Sky Train, getting to and from the airport is easy for international visitors.

For more information about all these Arizona adventures and experiences go to VisitMesa.com.



Visit Mesa
120 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201