Mesa Guided Adventure Tours

Mesa is Arizona’s third largest city, conveniently located just 15 miles east of the Nation’s fifth largest city of Phoenix. Even though Mesa neighbors such a bustling city, it has a character all of it’s own with plenty of outdoor activities to match. Below are a few options for the adventure seeker in Mesa to do on their own, followed by more options for guided tours!

Outdoor Attractions in Mesa

Mesa Grande Cultural Park

Mesa Grande Cultural Park

Hohokam Native Americans constructed grand canals in the Salt River Valley in which they resided. These and evidence of Hohokam structures can be viewed and interacted with at the Mesa Grande Cultural Park. Preserved by the City of Mesa in 1988, the mounds as well as evidence of a plaza and a ballcourt await your very own exploration. Storytelling sessions, pottery demonstrations and interpretive speeches are sometimes given in the park, and makes this a worthy outdoor activity in Mesa for a more relaxed day in the sun.

Hawes Trail System

Hawes Trail System

The Hawes trail system consists of various mountain biking trails beginning just south of the Granite Reef diversion dam located on the Salt River. This network of trails allows riders to choose various routes and end up with a 15 mile or a 5 mile day. Cooling off in the river just north of Hawes is easily accessed by bike, and opens up the day to more activity. Hawes Trail system can be found by taking the 202 east out of Phoenix to the exit on Power road. Take Power Road another two miles until you see the Hawes Trailhead on your left.

Usery Mountain Regional Park

Usery Mountain Regional Park

There are planned trails to officially connect Usery Mountain to aforementioned Hawes trail system, but until that is complete these two can each stand solo as full-day mountain biking destinations. Usery Mountain is comparable to the Hawes trail network, with a few longer loops sewn into the fabric of what makes this an ideal outdoor destination. Want to get a few miles in on a scenic, low output trail? Try the Blevins loop. Want to double that distance and throw some technicality into the mix? Connect to a loop on Pass Mountain for some variety. 202 East to exit for Mckellips. Continue down McKellips to Ellsworth before entering the Usery Mountain Regional Park on your right. A $6 entry fee is charged per vehicle.