With no less than two dozen golf courses and 300 days of sunshine a year, Mesa is paradise for the golf fanatic. Mesa has a variety of public golf courses, such as Augusta Ranch Golf Club and Las Sendas Golf Club, and private resorts, including the well-known Gold Canyon Golf Resort.
The Apache Trail is a driving tour for the adventurous traveler. This 80-mile route, originally traveled by American Indians, is partially paved and provides spectacular scenery of the rugged Arizona mountains. The trail leads to Apache Lake, which has camping and boating.
Superstition Mountain towers over Mesa. Golf resorts, abandoned ghost towns, hiking trails and historical museums are all near the base of the mountain. The Superstition Mountain Museum houses geological exhibits and artifacts of American Indian culture and the Old West.
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park is next to the Tonto National Forest near Mesa. The park is the site of the popular Wind Cave Trail. This 1.6 mile trail is set in a wind-carved hollow at one of Pass Mountain's steep cliffs, offering exhilarating views.
Canyon Lake, off the Apache Trail, is a popular destination for watersports enthusiasts. You can swim, water ski, jet ski, wind sail and fish amid a backdrop of rock formations and mountain animals. A marina and campground are available, as well as a restaurant and sightseeing tours on the Dolly Steamboat.