Mesa National parks

Our most recommended Mesa National parks

From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

1. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

Take a trip to one of the 7 wonders of the natural world on this day tour of the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be collected from selected hotels or apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa Arizona. The journey north takes you through amazing views of the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert. You will travel through the Ponderosa Pine Forests of Flagstaff where the Lowell Observatory is located. Stop among the Red Rocks of Sedona for time to take in the breathtaking scenery and lots of pictures. Travel through Oak Creek Canyon famous the world over for its spectacular scenery. In the afternoon be taken to the Grand Canyon National Park. Stop for pictures of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Make several stops along the South Rim for picture taking and enjoying the incredible views. See the El Tovar Lodge, a former Harvey hotel. Have the afternoon to explore the sublime park and see many of its ecological wonders and natural beauty. Your professional guide will be able to inform you of the history and stories behind this ancient wonder.

From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

2. From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

This Sedona full-day tour gives you a chance to explore the rich culture and history of the area's ancient Native American civilizations. Travel in a 9 or 13-seat vehicle on this small-group tour and enjoy a more personalized experience. The tour features one of two Sinagua Indian ruins that existed along a busy trade route over 1,000 years ago. You'll also have 2 exploration options - either the ruins at Tuzigoot National Monument or Montezuma Castle National Monument. While in Sedona you'll have approximately 2-3 hours to explore on foot, visit galleries and shops, or get a psychic reading. Helicopter or jeep tours are also available. Guests will be guided to unique photo spots and your guide will help you choose from an extensive list of scenic options, including The Chapel Of The Holy Cross, Bell Rock Vortex, Oak Creek Canyon, and Airport Mesa.

Phoenix: Kayaking Trip to Foxtail

3. Phoenix: Kayaking Trip to Foxtail

There is no better way to escape the summer heat than to go kayaking on the Lower Salt River. As you cruise below cliffs and past beautiful desert scenery, look out for native wildlife. The sit-on-top kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver; after a 15-minute orientation, you'll be ready to go.  This self-guided float is the most convenient way to explore the area. Park your car at Saguaro Lake Ranch, no Tonto Pass required, and launch from a private kayak beach. Embark on an around 2-hour float. At the end of the route, staff will be waiting to gather the kayaks as you board an air-conditioned van to return to the ranch.

Phoenix and Mesa: Self-Guided Kayak Trip on Saguaro Lake

4. Phoenix and Mesa: Self-Guided Kayak Trip on Saguaro Lake

Experience the spectacular landscapes of the Tonto National Forest on a self-guided kayaking tour around Saguaro Lake. Paddle through canyons, see beautiful desert scenery, and discover the local flora and native wildlife from a unique perspective. Escape the heat and feel refreshed by one of the most stunning lakes of Arizona. Travel at your own pace, giving you the opportunity to truly take in the picturesque views. Start with an orientation of basic safety and paddling instructions. The “sit-on-top”-style kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver. Before you know it you’ll be paddling below thousand-foot cliffs. Explore the lake's glimmering waters and discover coves and craggy shorelines. Keep your eyes open for the native wildlife native to the Tonto National Forest.

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

5. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

Experience the Sonoran Desert from a thrilling new perspective on a stand up paddleboard. Paddle through the gorgeous Saguaro Lake or Lower Salt River, taking in valuable insight into the ecosystem that is sustained by these indispensable desert oases. Maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or a bighorn sheep, which are among the many distinctive species found within this one-of-a-kind environment. Stand up paddleboarding is a perfect activity for the whole family, and your professional guide will spend some time at the start of the tour teaching the proper techniques. Geared up with a provided life jacket, snacks, and bottled water, appreciate the mountain peaks that surround you as you drift along, flanked by giant saguaro cactuses and desert foliage unique to this region. And be sure to splash around and have some fun while you’re at it.

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What people are saying about Mesa

I had a fantastic experience with Across Arizona Tours. My guide Kim collected me on time fromy Scottsdale Hotel and drove us through the desert, Sedona, Flagstaff, and onto the Grand Canyon, all the while giving us a really thorough commentary on the region and natural environment. She really knew her stuff! It's a long day but the perfect day trip if you're in town and eager to see the Canyon and Sedona - both as mindblowing as you imagine them to be. You don't get too long at the canyon as it's so far from Phoenix/ Scottsdale but it's enough time to take in the increíble (literally) views and walk the rim. Kim was an excellent guide & driver - you should do this tour!

Weather was unpredictable. Zane was so patient and most definitely informative and knowledgeable. First time visitors to Arizona and we learned a lot from Zane as we traveled to our destinations. Great guide. The anticipation to see the Grand Canyon for the first time ever was clouded, literally! Zane was continually watching the webcams to look for opportunities to see the view. Finally the weather cooperated a bit to allow us the majestic view.

The guide was extremely knowledgeable. There were 13 of us on the trip. We were not picked up at our hotel, but took a lift to a nearby hotel. It was a hot day, but we had a wonderful time. I would recommend a tour rather than trying to do this on your own. Sedona, Montezuma's Castle, Tuzigoot and the Chapel of the Holy Cross were a wonderful experience. It's an early morning, but well worth the time.

Nice, long trip. Was a first time kayaker, it went fine and my 13 year old daughter did great for her first time too. A few spots are a little swift, but manageable. You have to avoid the tubers at the end, I ended up going through a small rapid with a large group of them. Was very pretty and scenic! Lots of photo opportunities. Would do again. Wear lots of sunscreen.

This was a great experience! My guide, Tyson, gave in depth commentary on the history and natural environment of the various areas as we drove from Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon. This made the entire ride interesting. It is a long day but definitely worth the trip!