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2011 MESA OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Mesa has something for almost everybody. Do you like museums, arts and music? Mesa has it. Visit our dinosaurs at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, spark your child's creativity at the Arizona Museum for Youth, or stroll through the galleries and enjoy a concert or theatre performance at the spectacular Mesa Arts Center. Is it sports you're looking for? Look no further because we've got it. Catch a Chicago Cubs Spring Training Game at Hohokam Stadium or golf at one of our many outstanding courses. Feeling adventurous? Hike the Superstition Mountains, go bird watching, horseback riding or float down the Salt River. Mesa has it all. At the end of a busy day, you can sit back and enjoy one of our beautiful desert sunsets. Whether you are on vacation or visiting on business, you'll discover that Mesa is exactly what you're looking for. -Scott Smith, Mayor

Arizona has long been recognized for its sweeping desert vistas, red rock monoliths, clear mountain lakes surrounded by forests of pine and white water river rapids. Serving as a hub to recreation and adventure, visitors in Mesa can experience these diverse natural wonders by choosing any of the nine day trips listed. The itineraries include historical, cultural and nature tours, visits to ghost towns, gold panning and much more. Mesa's central location and close proximity to the Sonoran Desert allow for easy travel to and from the following excursions.

DAY TRIP 1

Apache Trail & Superstition Mountains

65 Miles Round Trip The Apache Trail is one of the most popular day trips from the Phoenix-Mesa metro area. Follow the footsteps that Indians and prospectors took over 100 years ago. The trail features miles of spectacular desert wilderness and scenic beauty. Ghostly, volcanic Superstition cliffs rise 2,000 feet, hiding the Lost Dutchman Mine, one of the most storied mines of the West. The Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains and surrounding region. 480-983-4888 In the 1890s Goldfield was a booming community. Located on a little knoll off Mammoth Mine Road, Goldfield offers a guided tour of a reconstructed section of the Mammoth Mine. There are unique shops, a saloon and a general store. Enjoy a grilled steak or just pan for gold. Jeep tours are available on site. 480-983-0333 In the Tonto National Forest, Canyon Lake Marina offers a full-service restaurant with fine dining and spectacular views. Marine and fishing supplies are available for boaters and fishing enthusiasts. 480-288-9233 Climb aboard the Dolly Steamboat at Canyon Lake and cruise the secluded inner waterways on a Nature Cruise or a Twilight Dinner Cruise. Don't forget your camera and binoculars! 480-827-9144 The famous authentic stagecoach stop of Tortilla Flat is nestled in the Superstition Mountain Wilderness. Belly up to the bar and get the best "Old West" burgers and home-style chili and salsa, then stop by the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream-Candy store and try the Prickly Pear ice cream. 480-984-1776

DAY TRIP 2

Wickenburg & Lake Pleasant

142 Miles Round Trip Wickenburg, a short hour's drive northeast of Phoenix, is full of Old West legend, antiques, art galleries, outdoor recreation and wonderful scenery. Start at the bronze bust of Henry Wickenburg in front of Town Hall and take a quick walking tour of the historic town buildings. Stop by the Jail Tree, which once served as the town jail. Browse through fine art galleries showcasing Western, traditional cowboy, Southwestern, Native American and wildlife art. Vulture Mine, 15 miles southwest of Wickenburg, offers tours. 928-684-5479 A special piece of Arizona's natural environment is being protected near Wickenburg. The Hassayampa River Preserve includes four miles of trails, offering visitors a chance to see birds, mammals and reptiles in a natural setting. 928-684-2772 To end your day, head 35 miles southeast on scenic Highway 74 to Lake Pleasant, one of the largest and finest boating locations in the state. Pleasant Harbor Marina has rental boats, jet skis, fishing boats, deck boats and houseboats. 928-501-1710

DAY TRIP 3

Mogollon Rim & Tonto Natural Bridge

206 Miles Round Trip Travel north to take in the beauty of the Mogollon Rim Country. Payson is tucked under the spectacular 7,500-foot-high, 200-mile-long Mogollon Rim. 928-474-4515

Tonto Natural Bridge is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world at 400 feet long and 183 feet high. Visitors to this state park can stand on top of the bridge or hike down below to capture the true size and beauty of this geologic wonder. 928-476-4202 Settled in 1879 by Mormon pioneers, Pine is nestled in the shadow of the Mogollon Rim. Visitors will see many of the historical buildings that still remain in the area. The oldest Pioneer Days Celebration and Parade is held each July and enjoyed by folks from all around the state. The mountain village of Strawberry, at 6,000 feet elevation, is just three miles west of Pine and takes its name from the wild strawberries growing in the area when it was founded.Arizona's oldest standing schoolhouse, constructed by pioneers in 1885, is in Strawberry and is now a state historical site.

DAY TRIP 4

Tucson, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum & Saguaro National Park

235 Miles Round Trip Founded in 1775, Tucson was a city before Phoenix was a stagecoach stop. Among the oldest European settlements in Arizona, Tucson is the state's second largest city with a unique blend of storied past and space-age present. Today, more than 850,000 people live in metropolitan Tucson. The University of Arizona is a major world center for astronomy with evening star shows at Flandrau Planetarium. 520-621-7827 Built in 1939 as the set for the epic film "Arizona," Old Tucson Studios has remained a popular place to experience the Old West. Rebuilt after a fire destroyed many of the old buildings, it continues to attract people of all ages. One of the most authentic locations for Western movies and TV shows, the studio has more than 300 productions in the can and more filmed every year. 520-883-0100 The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an innovative, exciting mix of zoo, botanical garden and aquarium. Although it's called a museum, you will find this place is really a naturalist's dream–a mecca for the curious. 520-883-2702 Sabino Canyon is an extremely popular recreation area at the edge of Tucson. Hiking trails and picnic areas are abundant throughout the area. Many varieties of wildlife, such as deer and birds, have made the Coronado National Forest their home. A shuttle bus operates year-round. 520-749-2327 The famous Mission San Xavier del Bac has twin white towers rising from the green desert that gave it the name "White Dove of the Desert." San Xavier del Bac has been acclaimed the best example of Spanish mission architecture in the U.S. One tower remains uncompleted. 520-294-2624

Saguaro National Park has two separate areas, located on the east and west sides of Tucson. Choose a leisurely drive on one of the scenic loop drives or explore the park on more than 150 miles of hiking trails. 520-733-5153

DAY TRIP 5

Globe-Miami & Tonto National Monument

236 Miles Round Trip Boyce Thompson Arboretum displays 10,000 varieties of desert plants from throughout the world. Nestled at the base of Picketpost Mountain, the arboretum features a variety of gardens showcasing herbs, heritage roses, hummingbird and butterfly plants.The arboretum also boasts an interactive Children's Garden aimed at educating youngsters on the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert. 520-689-2811 Millions of tons of mine tailings can be seen as you drive along U.S. Highway 60 through the mining communities of historic Globe and Miami. Globe was named from the legend of a 50-pound "globe" shaped silver nugget. Numerous antique shops and art galleries are situated in historic downtown Globe. 928-425-4495 Besh-Ba-Gowah Indian Ruins, some of the best preserved ruins in the Southwest, are just minutes from Highway 60 in Globe. 928-425-0320 The San Carlos Apache Cultural Center and new Apache Gold Casino are 10 miles south of Globe on the San Carlos Reservation. 928-475-2894, 928-475-7800 Among the rolling hills of greasewood and saguaro cacti, three miles south of Roosevelt Lake, is Tonto National Monument. Enjoy a nature hike to the Salado Indian ruins,where the well-preserved cliff dwellings show how these Indians lived 500 years ago. 928-467-2241

Roosevelt Dam is the largest masonry dam in the world. It was named for Theodore Roosevelt, who approved it as the first federal reclamation project. It is the keystone of the water reclamation and storage system, keeping the Valley of the Sun supplied with water. 928-467-3200

DAY TRIP 6

Benson, San Pedro River Valley & Kartchner Caverns State Park

300 Miles Round Trip Benson and the San Pedro River Valley are rich in natural wonders and provides a home to more than 500 species of birds. Benson was established in the early 1880s as a railroad town and the railroad continues to be a prominent feature today. A historic replica of the Railroad Depot and Visitor Center in the downtown area reinforces this railroad heritage. 520-586-4293 "The Town Too Tough To Die," Tombstone is the home of the most famous shootout of the OldWest.Visit the OK Corral, Boot Hill and many other attractions. 520-457-9317

Chiricahua National Monument is a mecca for hikers and birders. Tours of the Faraway Ranch House provide a chance to learn about life in the early 1900s. 520-824-3560 Visitors can learn about Native American culture at the San Pedro Valley Arts & Historical Museum. 520-586-3070 The Holy Trinity Monastery, a serene prayer and hospitality facility, features a museum, art gallery, gift shop, thrift store, bookstore and a bird sanctuary with a walking path along a shaded pond. 520-720-4642 About 10 miles south of Benson is Arizona's newest state park, Kartchner Caverns. This remarkable "live" cave was discovered in 1974 by a pair of spelunkers and kept secret until it could be properly protected and opened to the public. You'll be amazed by the two enormous main rooms with spectacular limestone creations. Check out the Discovery Center, hiking trails and picnic area. This is also an excellent area for bird watching. 520-586-2283

DAY TRIP 7

Prescott, Sedona, Jerome & the Verde Valley

323 Miles Round Trip Located in the nation's largest contiguous forest of Ponderosa pine, Prescott is a beautiful city rich in Western flavor. Founded in 1863, Prescott became Arizona's first territorial capital and the region's economic center. Much of what was developed in those early days is preserved today–famous Whiskey Row, the downtown Courthouse Plaza and the first territorial governor's residence. Prescott is also the site of the world's oldest rodeo. 928-445-2000 Nestled in the heart of "Red Rock Country", Sedona has been proclaimed by travel journals throughout the world as "Arizona's Scenic Sensation." There are many fine art studios and restaurants, unbeatable scenery, and with more than 40 galleries, there is every kind of art imaginable. 928-282-7722 Built on the side of Mingus Mountain, part of Jerome and its economy slid downhill after the mines closed in 1951. Since the 1960s, the former mining center has enjoyed a rebirth from its ghost town status, becoming an enclave of galleries and restaurants, many of which are in the original buildings. The mansion of mining magnate James Douglas is now the Jerome State Historic Park. 928-634-2900 Near Jerome and Sedona are remnants of two distinctive cultures that once flourished in the Verde Valley. Montezuma Castle is a five-story, 20-room dwelling in a cliff recess 100 feet above the valley. 928-567-3322 Tuzigoot National Monument is the remnant of a Sinaguan village built between 1125 and 1400. 928-634-5564 Situated on the Verde River, Camp Verde offers a wide variety of scenic, recreational and archaeological attractions. 928-567-9294 While in Camp Verde, don't miss Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Arizona's wildlife theme park with over 400 animals from all around the world. 928-567-2840

Fort Verde State Park has military buildings and troop quarters left as a reminder of one of the largest U.S. Cavalry posts built to protect settlers and wage war against theApaches in the 1870s. 928-567-3275 Home to the majestic bald eagle, Verde Canyon is accessible only by rail. Expert narration and guides on the Verde Canyon Railroad's four-hour scenic ride leave passengers with a sense of history, geology, archaeology, wildlife and Indian lore. 928-639-0010

DAY TRIP 8

Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Wine Country – Elgin, Patagonia & Sonoita

332 Miles Round Trip Discover Arizona's wine country with a short drive off I-10 south of Tucson. Highway 83 winds through mountain passes and offers spectacular views of rolling foothills, mountain ranges and Sonoita/Elgin's famous grasslands. The region's wine-producing origin dates back to the Spanish padres who discovered that the altitude and soil composition created ideal growing conditions. Today, more than 10 vineyards and wineries dot the Arizona landscape. Hummingbirds and butterflies are plentiful during the summer months. Patagonia 888-794-0060 Sonoita/Elgin 520-455-5498

DAY TRIP 9

Flagstaff, Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano & Wupatki National Monuments

360 Miles Round Trip

Flagstaff is 142 miles north of Phoenix, an easy two-hour drive to enjoy the changing landscape from desert to lush forest. At 7,000 feet elevation, Flagstaff is nestled at the base of the beautiful San Francisco Peaks. Enjoy a stroll through charming historic downtown which boasts a variety of unique restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. 928-774-9541 Flagstaff is also home to Northern Arizona University, which offers a variety of cultural events and is the headquarters for High Altitude Sports Training for national and international athletes. Near historic downtown Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory welcomes visitors of all ages to explore the modern visitor center, hands-on exhibits and scenic campus. Pluto was discovered at Lowell Observatory in 1930. Lowell's century-old Clark telescope is still used for night-sky viewing. 928-774-3358 The Museum of Northern Arizona is the ideal introduction to the native peoples and the natural sciences of the Colorado Plateau region. Permanent galleries, nature trails and changing exhibits explore the art and cultures of the Hopi,Navajo, Pai and Zuni people. 928-774-5213 The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to one of the largest collections of high-country wildflowers in America. Experience the 200-acre botanical garden, research station and environmental education center at 7,150 feet above sea level, in the world's largest ponderosa pine forest. 928-774-1442 Seven miles east of Flagstaff, Walnut Canyon National Monument encourages visitors to hike and learn about ancient cliff dwellings built in steep canyon walls where the Sinagua Indians lived nearly a thousand years ago. 928-526-3367 Fifteen miles north of Flagstaff, visitors can walk through trails of hardened lava produced some 900 years ago at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. 928-526-0502 Continuing northeast through the park the forest begins to change into high desert, commonly known as the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest, leading you to Wupatki National Monument. Here you can visit four of the pueblos that were once home to farmers and traders of the Anasazi and Sinagua people. Painted Desert/Petrified Forest
928-524-6228
Wupatki National Monument
928-679-2365

HALF-DAY ITINERARIES

Following are suggested activities that can be enjoyed in any order according to your schedule.

The Heart of Mesa–Historical and Cultural Tour


Native American History


Panning for Gold – Ghost Towns and Gold Mines


Back to Nature – Desert Plants and Canals


Spring Training –Hot Dogs and Home Runs


Fly Like an Eagle


Outdoor Adventures

Apache Trail and Superstition Mountains

Highway 88
The Apache Trail is one of the most popular day trips from the Phoenix-Mesa metro area. Follow the footsteps that Indians and prospectors took more than 100 years ago. americansouthwest.net/arizona/apache_trail

Apache Trail Tours

Goldfield Ghost Town,
Apache Junction
480-982-7661
Custom wild west adventures for families or groups including Jeep tours, hiking treks, gold panning excursions, steak-outs, overnight camping and more! apachetrailtours.com

Desert Dog Hummer Adventures

Fountain Hills
480-837-3966
Breathtaking views of Arizona on full- or half-day tours. Experience the thrill of four-wheeling.Tour Four Peaks or the coves of Saguaro Lake. azadventures.com

Desert Storm Hummer Tours

15525 N. 83rd Way, Scottsdale
866-374-8637 • 480-922-0020
Experience the excitement, fun and adventure that made National Geographic vote Desert Storm Hummer Tours one of the "Top 100 Adventures In America." Enjoy Night Storm, a unique fourhour tour after sunset, using advanced night vision equipment, ITT GEN 3. dshummer.com

Desert Voyagers Guided Rafting Tours

Scottsdale
480-998-7238
Escape the city and experience the beauty of Arizona's desert rivers. Your choice of high and dry or wet and wonderful. Morning and afternoon tours available. desertvoyagers.com

Fighter Combat International

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
5865 S. Sossaman Rd., Mesa
480-279-1881 or 866-FLY-HARD
The dream of being a fighter pilot becomes a reality for thousands. It's an unforgettable experience because you actually fly the plane. fightercombat.com

Fort McDowell Adventures

14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd., Fountain Hills
480-816-6465
Unforgettable trail ride through the ever-flowing Verde River, city slicker cattle drive, scenic jeep tour and the finest western party venues in Arizona. fortmcdowelladventures.com

OK Corral

2655 E.Whitely St.,
Apache Junction
480-982-4040
One-, two- or four-hour horseback trail rides and one- to five-day horseback trail riding camping trips. okcorrals.com

Outback Safari Company

Mesa
480-987-8335
Experience the timeless beauty of the Arizona desert on an ATV, Ranger or Hummer. See a variety of scenery ranging from the classic saguaro cactus to sandy river bottoms and cool running creeks, not to mention Arizona's diverse wildlife. theoutbacksafari.com

Saguaro Lake Ranch Trail Rides

13020 Bush Highway, Mesa
480-984-0335
Guided trail rides give you spectacular views of the surrounding country and information on desert plants and cactus. Take a morning ride through the desert or a sunset ride in the late afternoon. SaguaroLakeTrailRides.com

Salt River Tubing & Recreation

1320 N. Bush Highway, Mesa
480-984-3305
Beat the heat on a hot Arizona summer day and float on the cool and refreshing mountain-stream waters of the Salt River. Seasonal. saltrivertubing.com


Theater/Dinner Theater

Barleen's Arizona Opry Dinner Show

2275 Old West Highway,
Apache Junction
480-982-7991
Relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned theater and enjoy a hearty, home-cooked meal. After dinner, enjoy an unforgettable evening of family entertainment! Seasonal. azopry.com

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa
480-325-6700
A visit to Broadway Palm is more than just great theater, beginning with their lavish buffet, full-service bar and mouth-watering gourmet desserts. Enjoy a complete evening of fabulous food and Broadway entertainment in the 500-seat theatre. broadwaypalmwest.com

Duttons Family Theater

SEASONAL
7420 E. Main St., Mesa
888-388-8661 • 480-840-6874
America's family who has entertained audiences in more countries than any other family in the world, now in Arizona from their theater in Branson. theduttons.com

Gateway 12 Imax Theater

1955 S. Signal Butte Rd., Mesa
480-354-8030
Treat your senses to the most powerful and involving movie experience yet created.A larger-than-life escape, putting you in the heart of the action! imax.com

Hale Centre Theatre

50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert
480-497-1181
Fun and affordable family entertainment. An intimate, friendly theatrical experience. haletheatrearizona.com

Mesa Arts Center

One E. Main St., Mesa
480-644-6500
A 212,755-square-foot performing arts, visual arts and arts education facility, the largest and most comprehensive arts center in Arizona. Located in the heart of downtown at Center and Main streets. Four theaters, five galleries, 14 creative art studios. mesaartscenter.com

Organ Stop Pizza

1149 E. Southern Ave., Mesa
480-813-5700
Unique Organ Stop, one of the largest restaurants in the Southwest. Xylophones, chimes, pianos, drums, cymbals and hundreds of other musical instruments and sound effects surround you in the dining room, controlled by one person at the console of the mighty Wurlitzer organ. organstoppizza.com

Rockin' R Ranch

6136 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa
480-832-1539
Gunfights and gold panning, western shops and hot dutch oven biscuits. All-you-can-eat BBQ beef or chicken dinner followed by a spectacular western stage show featuring the world-famous Rockin' R Wranglers. rockinr.net


Shopping

Bass Pro Shops

1133 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa
602-606-5600
Located at Mesa Riverview, Highway 202 and North Dobson Road. The world's leading supplier of premium outdoor gear, the only Bass Pro Shop in Arizona. bassproshops.com

Fiesta Mall

1445 W. Southern Ave., Mesa
480-833-4121
At US 60 and Alma School Road, mall features Dillard's, Macy's, Sears, Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods and more than 140 of your favorites. shopfiesta.com

Greenfield Gateway

US 60 & Greenfield Rd., Mesa Retail power center including dining, sporting goods, furniture and clothing.

Mesa Market Place

10550 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa
480-380-5572
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. 1600 booths under one roof. Mister system throughout for summer heat! mesamarket.com

Mesa Grand Shopping Center

US 60 & Stapley Dr., Mesa
Extensive selection of specialty stores, dining and cinemas. shopmesagrand.com

Mesa Riverview

Loop 202 & North Dobson Rd., Mesa
480-461-0050
1.3 million square feet of retail, including the first Bass Pro Shops in the Southwest, and the new Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill. mesariverview.com

Superstition Gateway

US 60 & Signal Butte Rd., Mesa
Retail power center including dining, shopping, cinemas, two IMAX theaters.

Superstition Springs Center

6555 E. Southern Ave., Mesa
480-832-0212
At US 60 and Power Road in east Mesa, mall includes Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears, Mervyn's, 150 specialty shops, cinemas, eateries, carousel, desert botanical garden, Plaza Amphitheater. superstitionsprings.com

Dana Park Village Square

1700 S.Val Vista Dr., Mesa
480-890-0555
Upscale, boutique-style shopping with sparkling fountains and merchants offering jewelry, home accessories, fashion clothing, gourmet foods and unique dining. danapark.com

Village at Las Sendas

Power Rd. & McDowell Rd., Mesa
Upscale dining and shopping at more than five restaurants and more than a dozen specialty shops.


Historical Sites

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

37615 U.S. Hwy. 60, Superior
520-689-2811
Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the oldest and most spectacularly situated arboretum and botanical garden in the Southwest. This 320-acre collection of desert plants was founded in the 1920s by mining magnate Colonel William Boyce Thompson. arboretum.ag.arizona.edu

Lost Dutchman State Park

6109 N.Apache Trail,
Apache Junction
480-982-4485
Named after the fabled lost gold mine, this park is located in the Sonoran Desert at 2000 feet elevation. The park features a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, campsites, picnic facilities and special programs throughout the year. azstateparks.com/parks/lodu/index.html

Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors Center

525 E. Main St., Mesa
480-964-7164
A noted landmark with beautifully manicured gardens throughout the grounds.Annual Christmas lights display and the world's largest annual Easter Pageant. lds.org/placestovisit

Park of the Canals

1710 N. Horne, Mesa
480-644-2352 or 480-827-4700
The 31-acre park includes evidence of ancient Hohokam Indian canals dating back to 700 B.C. and an extensive desert botanical garden.mesaaz.gov/parksrec/parks/park_canals.aspx

Tortilla Flat

Highway 88, Tortilla Flat
480-984-1776
An authentic Old Stagecoach Stop along the scenic Apache Trail, Tortilla Flat is one of the last remnants of the Old West. Stroll up and down the boardwalk, where the clomp of shoes on the wood is reminiscent of a time past, when wooden sidewalks were the only kind of sidewalk. tortillaflataz.com


Museums

Arizona Museum for Youth

35 N. Robson, Mesa
480-644-2468 English
480-644-2467 Spanish
Nationally renowned fine arts museum for children. Changing gallery presents three exhibitions annually with ongoing hands-on art activities. Designed for ages 5-12 and 0-5. arizonamuseumforyouth.com

Arizona Museum of Natural History

53 N. Macdonald, Mesa
480-644-2230
Museum of cultural and natural history, permanent and changing exhibitions on Arizona and the Southwest, from dinosaurs to conquistadors, from the old west to the space age. Hands-on exhibits for all ages. azmnh.org

Commemorative Air Force Museum

2017 N. Greenfield Rd., Mesa
480-924-1940
The Arizona Wing is entrusted with the restoration, care and display of "Sentimental Journey", considered to be the most authentically restored flying B-17 in the world today. azcaf.org

Mesa Historical Museum

2345 N. Horne St., Mesa
480-835-7358
This historic schoolhouse built in 1913 houses a collection of farm machinery and domestic farmstead items. Memorabilia of early Mesa, Stringtown and Lehi settlers. Murals depict the story of the Southwest and Mesa area development. mesaaz.org

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

4619 E.Washington St., Phoenix
602-495-0900 or 877-706-4408
Dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Hohokam culture. Explore the ruin of an 800-year-old platform mound, an excavated ball court and full-scale reproductions of prehistoric Hohokam homes. pueblogrande.com

Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum

4087 N.Apache Trail,
Apache Junction
480-983-4888
The museum collects, preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region. superstitionmountainmuseum.org


Outdoor Attractions

Desert Belle Paddleboat

14011 N. Bush Highway, Mesa
480-984-2425
Enjoy a relaxing 90-minute cruise aboard the Desert Belle Paddleboat on Saguaro Lake. See towering canyon walls, exotic wildlife and desert vistas. saguarolake.net

Dolly Steamboat

Apache Junction
480-827-9144
Cruise the secluded inner waterways of the Junior Grand Canyon on Canyon Lake. Relax and admire breathtaking flora and fauna of the lower Sonoran desert and listen to the captain recount the legends and lore of the Superstition Mountains. dollysteamboat.com

Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine Tour

Goldfield
480-983-0333
Explore shops and buildings along Main Street, tour the mine, visit the Superstition Mountain/Lost Dutchman Museum,pan for gold, take a narrow-gauge train ride, witness an old west gun fight. goldfieldghosttown.com

Golfland/SunSplash

155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa
480-834-8319
Fastcar Raceway, video arcade, three 18-hole miniature golf courses, wave pool, Lazy River, Master Blaster Water Coaster.Two action packed family entertainment centers in one. Sunsplash is seasonal. golfland.com/mesa

Queen Creek Olive Mill

25062 S. Meridian Rd.,
Queen Creek
480-888-9290
Hand-picked olives are blended to make one of the world's finest extra virgin olive oils. queencreekolivemill.com

Riparian Preserve

Guadalupe & Greenfield, Gilbert Ocotillo & Higley, Gilbert
480-503-6744
Two wetland wildlife sanctuaries in the desert for hikers, birders, photographers and bikers. riparianinstitute.org

Rose Garden at Mesa Community College

1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa
480-461-7022
Largest rose garden in the arid Southwest desert, 8,000 bushes and 500+ varieties. Peak flowering in April. mc.maricopa.edu/community/rosegarden

Schnepf Farms

22601 E. Cloud Rd., Queen Creek
480-987-3100
Petting corral featuring a pony, a potbelly pig, chickens, sheep, goats, rabbits. U-pick peaches, apricots, sweet corn in season. Local honey, nuts, dried fruit, specialty food and crafts. Park, tours and camping. schnepffarms.com

Superstition Farm Tours

3440 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa
480-986-7781
Dairy tours, hayrides, petting zoo, milk bar. superstitionfarmtours.com

Tonto National Forest Mesa Ranger District

5140 E. Ingram St., Mesa
480-610-3300
Great location for hiking, the Tonto National Forest is the fifth largest forest in the U.S., on nearly three million acres of land. Outstanding year-round recreational opportunities. Its scenic landscapes range from cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains. fs.fed.us/r3/tonto


Indoor Attractions

Amazing Jake's Food & Fun

1830 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa
480-926-7499
All-you-can-eat buffet, 12 bowling lanes, indoor go-karts, bumper karts, laser tag, a 25-foot rock wall, exciting kiddie rides and the latest video games. amazingjakes.com/mesa

AZ Country USA

1300 S Country Club Dr. #105, Mesa
480-610-1500
A Country themed steak house, sports bar and music venue

Crosswoods Indoor Golf Center

5222 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert
480-654-GOLF
Test your skill on more than 30 world-class courses, including Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Harbour Town. crosswoodsgolf.com

Laser Quest

2035 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa
480-752-0005
Tag, hide and seek, cops and robbers, capture the flag and Buck Rogers all rolled into one, enhanced with modern technology. Whether it's a social event or serious fun there's nothing that brings people together for a great time quite like Laser Quest. laserquest.com

Red Mountain Multigenerational Center

7550 E. Adobe Rd., Mesa
480-644-4810
Serving the needs of all ages, from pre-schoolers to senior adults, center includes indoor walking/running track, climbing wall, exercise equipment, aerobics, billiard room, gymnasium, more. cityofmesa.org/parksrec/rmmc

Stratum Laser Tag

1455 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa
480-545-5500
Includes a 13,000-square-foot laser tag arena with 15 different levels, arcade and redemption area, featuring all non-violent arcade games as well as a seated dining area. stratumhq.com

Information on other attractions is available at VisitMesa.com.


Hotels

Arizona Golf Resort

425 S. Power Rd., Mesa
800-528-8282 • 480-832-3202
Near shopping, restaurants, day spas, hiking, biking and horseback riding. azgolfresort.com

Best Western Mesa Inn

1625 E. Main St., Mesa
480-964-8000
Near the Mesa Arts Center, the Mesa Arizona Temple, golf, shopping.

Best Western Mezona Inn

250 W. Main St., Mesa
480-834-9233
Five minutes to Hohokam Park, easy freeway access.Walk to antique shops, the Arizona Museum of Natural History, cafés, coffee shops. mezonainn.com

Best Western Superstition Springs Inn & Suites

1342 S. Power Rd., Mesa
480-641-1164
Shoppers' paradise – next to the Superstition Springs Center.

Comfort Inn & Suites

651 E. Main St., Mesa
480-621-6375
Conveniently located in downtown Mesa. comfortinnmesa.com

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson – Mesa

6650 E. Superstition Springs Blvd.,
Mesa
888-201-1746 • 480-641-8000
98 out of 100 of our guests say they'd stay with us again. Near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. countryinns.com/mesaaz

Courtyard Phoenix Mesa

1221 S.Westwood, Mesa
480-461-3000
Newly renovated, walking distance to restaurants/shopping at Fiesta Mall. mesacourtyard.com

Days Inn Mesa at Country Club

333 W. Juanita, Mesa
480-844-8900
Recently renovated, resort-style outdoor courtyard area with heated outdoor pool, whirlpool, modern fitness center and sauna. daysinn.com

Dobson Ranch Inn

1666 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa
800-528-1356 • 480-831-7000
Ten-acre site traversed with walking and jogging paths. dobsonranchinn.com

Fairfield Inn by Marriott

1405 S.Westwood Ave., Mesa
800-228-2800 • 480-668-8000
Walking distance to Fiesta Mall. Complimentary breakfast. marriott.com/phxfm

Hampton Inn

1563 S. Gilbert Rd., Mesa
800-HAMPTON • 480-926-3600
You'll be 100% satisfied. Guaranteed. phoenixmesa.hamptoninn.com

Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa

1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa
800-544-5866 • 480-833-5555
260 newly renovated rooms and suites. Walking distance to Fiesta Mall. hiltonphoenixeast.com

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

1600 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
480-964-7000
Newly renovated, 246 guestrooms, largest pool and spa in the East Valley. holidayinn.com/phx-mesa

Hyatt Place – Mesa

Opening April 2009
1422 W. Bass Pro Dr., Mesa
480-969-8200

La Quinta Inn & Suites Phoenix Mesa East

6530 E. Superstition Springs Blvd.,
Mesa
800-531-5900 • 480-654-1970
Minutes from the Superstition Springs Center and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. lq.com

La Quinta Inn & Suites Phoenix Mesa West

902 W. Grove Ave., Mesa
800-531-5900 • 480-844-8747
You'll notice the difference. Near many popular attractions. lq.com

Phoenix Marriott Mesa

200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa
800-456-6372 • 480-898-8300
Minutes-away convenience to shopping, golf and sightseeing. marriott.com/phxmm

Quality Inn & Suites

1410 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
480-964-2897
One-bedroom suites, full kitchens. Remodeled outdoor pool/spa area. qualityinn.com/hotel/az276

Residence Inn by Marriott Mesa

941 W. Grove Ave., Mesa
480-610-0100
Spacious suites with separate living area, full kitchen. Outdoor pool/whirlpool/sport court, 24-hour exercise room. marriott.com/phxrm

Sleep Inn Superstition Springs

6347 E. Southern Ave., Mesa
480-807-7760
Located at Superstition Springs Mall, easy access to shopping, dining and area attractions. sleepinn.com/hotel/az022

Windemere Hotel & Conference Center

5750 E. Main St., Mesa
800-888-3561 • 480-985-3600
Minutes to golf, restaurants, shopping and nearby attractions. resortmesa.com

Complete listing of accommodations is available at VisitMesa.com.