Get to Know the Uniqueness of Mesa

coolridged_2pja27 September 6, 2019

Mesa’s story is one of mysterious Indians, Spanish expeditions, early American explorers, Mormon migrations, a diverse community, and continual growth. Individuals and families made important contributions to the development of Mesa. Hohokam Indians The history of Mesa dates back two thousand years to the Hohokam Indians. The Hohokam, whose name means the Departed Ones, built the original canal system that spread over 125 miles and is still used today. Explorers and Apaches Missionaries and explorers, including Coronado, Father Kino, and Marcos de Niza, came to Arizona (though not present day Mesa) during the 1500’s and 1600’s. A less known explorer was Esteban (also called Estevan or Estevanico), who searched for the city of gold. Apache Indians, east of our area, drove the Spanish away in the 1700’s. U.S. Army troops fought the Apaches in the late 1800’s, opening the way for white settlement. Kit Carson and other explorers came through the Salt River Valley during the early part of the 19th century. Explore the 5 best neighborhoods in Mesa AZ (Northeast and Southeast Mesa) below: NORTHEAST MESA Northeast has been named as the wealthiest neighborhood in Mesa. This upscale area has several golf communities and custom home enclaves along with more affordable areas. Northeast Mesa neighborhoods are among the most popular in the Valley for road bicyclists, who flock to the Usery Pass Road and Bush Highway. The Desert Trails Bike Park is in the heart of the area with trails for all ages. Las Sendas also offers many hills and bike lanes. Saguaro Lake and Salt River Recreation offer boating, tubing, paddling and other water sports. 1). Las Sendas – The most upscale master-planned community in Mesa is Las Sendas, which encompasses 1800 acres. The community features million dollar homes with spectacular views of the Superstition Mountains and dedicated…

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15 Adventures to Experience in Mesa AZ

coolridged_2pja27 September 5, 2019

THINGS TO DO IN MESA In Mesa, Arizona it’s easy to find adventure. Packed with excitement, the Mesa area offers visitors an explosion of educational, cultural and outdoor attractions. From interactive museums to Broadway musicals and old west towns, Mesa’s got it all! You’ll have easy access to the area’s most popular natural attractions, including Superstition Mountains, Apache Trail, Salt and Verde Rivers, Usery Mountain Regional Park and area lakes. Explore the mysterious Superstition Mountains or cruise Saguaro Lake aboard the Desert Belle and Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly Steamboat. There’s no shortage of family fun in Mesa, either, with kid-friendly museums that will entertain the little ones – and your inner child, too! Hear the roar of the dinosaurs at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Let your imagination take flight by learning about vintage aircraft at the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona. Spark your child’s creativity with a visit to the i.d.e.a Museum. Soar the Sonoran skies on a hot air balloon ride and get in touch with nature at the nearby Phoenix Zoo. 1. Play beach volleyball at Tyndale Park. This park also features a sandy/stony beach, a large picnic shelter, washrooms and a play area. 2. Check out drop-in swimming times at the city’s rec centres. The Holly Recreation Centre features a waterslide, water cannons, diving boards and bucket drop. 3. Walk your dog in Ardagh Bluffs.  Enter through Ardagh Road near Wildflower Court, off Mapleton Avenue south of St. Joan of Arc Secondary School, or at the south end of Penvill Trail. 4. Have a picnic at Vancouver Lookout or Nelson Lookout. Pack a lunch and enjoy stunning views of Lake Simcoe. 5. Go for a splash at Lampman Park. Check out the splash pad, upgraded tennis courts, skateboard park and basketball court. 6. Wander…

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