Best Spots to Relax and Unwind Near Mesa, AZ

January 24th, 2019 by

Butcher Jones Cove beach with mountainsLife can get busy and sometimes we need to take some time to relax and unwind. Here are some things that you can do near Mesa, Arizona.

Apache Trail Drive

If your idea of a relaxing time is taking a drive through beautiful scenery, you may want to consider doing a road trip on the Apache Trail. The trail, located on Arizona Route 88, covers less than 50 miles. The trip takes you through canyons and gives you views of deserts and lakes, geologic formations,  plants and trees, and seasonal wildflowers.

There are lots of places that you can stop and relax on this trail, including Canyon Lake, which is located on a paved road and is easy for all drivers to access, and Fish Creek Hill, which is recommended only if you are comfortable with dirt roads. If you are a nervous driver, this would not be considered a relaxing journey, but if you love getting outside and are comfortable driving on more challenging roads, you will find some beautiful places to stop and unwind. 

Butcher Jones Beach

One way to relax is having a beach day. Located in Tonto National Forest, Butcher Jones Beach is located on Saguaro Lake. Visitors are required to have a Tonto Daily Pass or Tonto Discovery Pass to visit, and the hours are from sunrise to sunset. Visitors can swim, picnic, fish, and use non-motorized boats in this area.

Rose Gardens

Located in Mesa is The Rose Garden at Mesa Community College. It hosts nearly 9000 rose bushes and is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and smell the roses. The Rose Garden is a popular place for the community to visit and enjoy the thousands of roses that bloom throughout the year in the garden.

Riparian Preserve

Located at Water Ranch in Gilbert, the Riparian Preserve is a wildlife habitat that offers visitors educational and recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy birding as there have been approximately 298 species of birds identified on site, or go for a walk on the 4.5 miles of trails that offer interpretive education panels about wildlife and vegetation throughout the park.

Another activity visitors can enjoy is fishing, as there are opportunities to catch Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, and Farm-raised Channel Catfish.

Spa Day

Your idea of a relaxing day may be to visit the Spa. There are lots of spas in Mesa, but the top three are considered to be The Healing Arts Day Spa, located at 1845 South Dobson Road, Suite #110, Skin Glo Studio, which is located at 1911 East Brown Road, #2, and Little Luxury Spa, located at 1120 North Val Vista Drive, Suite 103.

Everyone has a different definition of a relaxing day. It may be taking a scenic drive or sitting on a beach. You may find visiting nature relaxing or enjoy the spa. Whatever it is you decide to do for your next relaxing day, there are lots of places around Mesa that are sure to give you the perfect day.


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