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We Think Mesa, Arizona is the Master Adventure-Making City

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 8:40 PM

We Think Mesa, Arizona is the Master Adventure-Making City

I should be perfectly honest.  As a native to the great 48th state you will hear me say that to just about 
every city I visit but every time you hear it... I promise to back it up with some real information you can actually use.


Top 3 Reasons We LOVE Mesa, Arizona...

1)- I have to put the mountain first

Usery Mountain

Usery Mountain is a part of the Maricopa County Park system and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding Desert from the Wind Cave, high above the city floor at 2,840 feet by hiking the Wind Cave Trail, a popular spot for visitors and residents alike.

 3939 N. Usery Pass Rd. Mesa, AZ 85207 Phone: (480) 984-0032 -

 2)- NoSnow Stand Up Paddleboard

 This place is awesome! I was a complete beginner as I walked through their doors and had never paddled a board in my life. It didn’t matter. Dara, the employee taking care of the shop during my visit was incredibly informative and walked me through everything. The NoSnow website did the rest.

 3564 N Power Rd #104 480-220-5379


Now you’ve got the gear let’s get you going… Here’s the spot for beginner SUPers. It provides the calmest waters with sensational views and a backdrop to ride for. You may even see wild horses!

3)- Granite Reef Recreational Area (Lower Salt River)

[Accessible ~ May-September] (2 miles from NoSnow) Take notice to the entrance zone. This recreational spot is a one-way traffic pattern. You need a Tonto National Forest Pass for Day Use before entering the area. It will cost you $6. We picked one up at the Walgreens that shares the parking lot with NoSnow SUP. Granite Reef can provide visitors a spot to put-in and the view will be well worth it. If you’re somewhat of an experienced paddle boarder, start your SUPing a little higher on the river and paddle south to the Granite Reef location. You will need to shuttle a vehicle for this option.

Granite Reef Recreation 33°30’58”N 111°41’28”W


We realize there is so much more to Mesa than what we’ve just listed here, so tell us about your favorite place to visit by leaving a comment below!

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