Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the state of Arizona and is a suburb of Phoenix, within the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is the third largest city in Arizona, after Phoenix and Tucson. Comfortable and convenient, Mesa is located near the foothills of the legendary Superstition Mountains. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offer two perfect choices for visitors traveling to Mesa. Mesa is one of the United States' fastest growing cities.
More than 2,000 years ago, Mesa’s agricultural destiny was carved out by the Hohokam who settled the area. The Hohokam were peaceful farmers who developed a sophisticated and effective network of irrigation canals that turned the arid land around Mesa into arable soil. The original canal system spread over 125 miles and is still used today. Mesa has fast become the third largest metropolitan city in the state of Arizona.
If you like outdoor activities, then the Apache Trail and Superstition Mountains area is for you, or view the spectacular desert wilderness and scenic beauty in a jeep through the Sonoran Desert and the Superstition Mountains. To get a taste of Arizona’s mining history, take a railroad and mine tour and enjoy Goldfield Ghost Town. At Tortilla Flat get a taste of the old west at the last remaining stagecoach stop along the Apache Trail. Enjoy a relaxing 90-minute narrated nature cruise and the flora and fauna of the lower Sonoran desert known as the “Junior Grand Canyon.”
Enjoy a nice meal at the Rockin’ R Ranch while taking in a unique Wild West adventure with live entertainment that includes stage shows and gun fights. In the Heart of Mesa you can find the Arizona Museum of Natural History this “mini-Smithsonian,” features Southwest folklore to full size dinosaurs and ancient dwellings, as well as hands on exhibits and the famous Arizona Highways archive photos.