Paradise Found in the Desert Southwest

Mesa has fast become the third largest metropolitan city in the state of Arizona offering a variety of lifestyle and leisure pursuits that are in high demand by visitors and residents alike. Mesa is unique among cities in the Phoenix area as it is embraced by the Sonoran Desert – a playground for incredible, sought-after outdoor recreation and one-of-a-kind attractions. Pair this with fabulous weather, exquisite dining and ample shopping opportunities and you have the makings for incredible discoveries in the American Southwest.

An Art & Cultural Oasis
With the opening of Mesa Arts Center, the arts and cultural scene in the state exploded. Recognized as the largest and most comprehensive arts center in the Southwest, Mesa Arts Center is an architectural masterpiece and central gathering place showcasing a world of arts and culture. The seven-acre campus features a complex of four theaters that host world-class performances, Broadway shows, and popular music acts year-round. In addition, visitors can view art exhibitions at Mesa Contemporary Arts, a five-gallery visual arts complex offering free admission on Thursdays. Making up the center is a 700-foot shaded outdoor plaza locals affectionately call the Shadow Walk and 14 visual and performing arts studios and classrooms offering art education and instruction. It’s here that groups can partake in the Corporate Discovery program, a specialized itinerary that combines art instruction and teambuilding activities that both challenge and inspire.

Just down the street in downtown Mesa is the Arizona Museum of Natural History, one of the state’s premier natural history museums dedicated to paleontology with a special emphasis on promoting the natural and cultural history of Arizona. The museum hosts the state’s largest collection of dinosaurs and has Federal status as a collections repository for fossils. One of the most popular exhibitions is Dinosaur Mountain and Hall with a spectacular three-story diorama showcasing the types of dinosaurs that inhabited the state over geologic time.

Outdoor Adventure in the Sonoran Desert
Even though Mesa is growing at breakneck speed, visitors can take advantage of the city’s close proximity to a recreation paradise – the Tonto National Forest. Tonto is the fifth largest forest in the country and one of the most-visited “urban” forests in the U.S. There are three lakes and two rivers within 30 minutes of Mesa that allow for desert boating, rafting, kayaking and water skiing. Or, partake in the everpopular activity of “tubing”, a leisurely float along the cool waters of the Salt River via inner-tube. Groups especially love Arizona’s lakes which are scaled down versions of the state’s iconic canyon landscapes. Just east of Mesa is Canyon Lake. Here, take a “Mark Twain” voyage aboard the Dolly Steamboat, a replica of a sternwheeler paddleboat. Cruise the lake’s secluded inner waterways and photograph desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife. The 90-minute nature cruise or twilight dinner cruise is the perfect complement to the Apache Trail experience.   

With near perfect weather and a multitude of activities and attractions, Mesa has much to offer anyone seeking a desert escape to the American Southwest. Be sure to contact our destination experts who can help plan one of the most exciting, action-packed adventures that can be had in Arizona.

Las Sendas Golf Clubthumb_golf-course-brush-right0

  • 7555 E Eagle Crest Dr
  • Mesa, AZ 85207
  • Phone: (480) 396-4000
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Las Sendas Golf Club is widely considered to be one of the Top 10 Golf Courses in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa. As one of the best golf courses in all of Arizona, you will play on a world class… more

Longbow Golf Clubthumb_Longbow_Background_Image_Edited_Size

  • 5601 E Longbow Pkwy
  • Mesa, AZ 85215
  • Phone: (480) 807-5400
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Longbow is a must-play. The intrigue and shot making choices that players will face are infinite. The distinctive Arizona contemporary clubhouse is a one-of-a-kind structure that offers every amenity… more

Ocotillo Golf Clubthumb_ocotillogolfcourselogo

  • 3751 S Clubhouse Dr
  • Chandler, AZ 85248
  • Phone: (480) 917-6660

This superb 27-hole Troon Golf championship course designed by Ted Robinson, has become one of – if not the – finest upscale daily fee facilities in the country. Ocotillo has lush rolling terrain,… more

Toka Sticks Golf Clubthumb_toka_sticks golf logo

  • 6910 Williamsfield Road
  • Mesa, AZ 85212
  • Phone: (480) 988-9405

Toka Sticks Golf Course was originally built as a 9-hole course over 40 years ago by Air Force personnel and local community members who volunteered in exchange for golf privileges. The course plays… more

Arizona Golf Resort & Conference Centerthumb_11-25-20130arizona

  • 425 S. Power Rd.
  • Mesa, AZ 85206-5296
  • Phone: (480) 832-3202

Augusta Ranch Golf Clubthumb_logo1

  • 2401 S. Lansing
  • Mesa, AZ 85209
  • Phone: (480) 354-1234

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  • 2155 S Dobson Rd
  • Mesa, AZ 85202-6410
  • Phone: 480-644-2291

Sidewinder Golf Course at Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spathumb_GoldCanyon

  • 6100 S Kings Ranch Rd
  • Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
  • Phone: (480) 982-9449

Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course at Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spathumb_GoldCanyon

  • 6100 S Kings Ranch Rd
  • Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
  • Phone: (480) 982-9449

Sunland Springs Village Golf Course

  • 11061 E Medina Ave
  • Mesa, AZ 85209-1369
  • Phone: (480) 984-4209

Viewpoint Golf Club

  • 650 N. Hawes Rd.
  • Mesa, AZ 85207
  • Phone: (480) 373-5555

We-Ko-Pa Golf ClubWe-ko-pa_4C_logo

  • 18200 E. Toh Vee Cir.
  • Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
  • Phone: (480) 836-9000

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