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3 Unique Places to Stay in Mesa and Nearby

3 Unique Places to Stay in Mesa and Nearby

Prepare to be in awe as you explore Mesa, Arizona’s spectacular scenery and ever-changing landscapes. It is picture-perfect, from saguaros as far as you can see to stunning mountains and rolling hills. Here are three unique places to stay in Mesa and nearby areas that I experienced firsthand.


Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch

Discover Arizona’s hidden gem, Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch! This stunning property boasts 20 rustic cabins, ideal for events, weddings, outdoor activities, dining, and horseback riding. Rest comfortably with private baths, heat, and air conditioning – but leave the electronics at home! 

Instead, soak in the breathtaking Goldfield Mountains scenery and perfect star-gazing opportunities.


During the summer, go kayaking or tubing on the Salt River and enjoy a fantastic horseback ride all year round. The bed and breakfast plan includes a full gourmet breakfast each morning, with eggs, bacon or sausage, potatoes, yogurt, fruit, pancakes, waffles, or French toast.

Get ready to join the ranks of famous guests like Norman Rockwell, Mary Martin, Rob Lowe, and Glen Campbell. Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch is great for the rich, famous, and those seeking an exceptional stay while on a southwestern vacation. It’s my #1 ranked place to stay in Mesa. 


Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix-Mesa

Looking for a great hotel in Phoenix-Mesa that won’t break the bank? Look no further than Holiday Inn & Suites! With its six-story height, prime location, stylish decor, and affordable rates, this hotel is the perfect choice for anyone looking to get the most for their money.

Plus, you’ll love the convenient amenities included in all room types, like microwaves, refrigerators, and free wifi, not to mention free parking!

The Redstone Restaurant and Lounge are the perfect spots to enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And for families, Holiday Inn & Suites has you covered with complimentary stays and meals for kids under 18 who share their parents’ room!

Take advantage of the heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, which boasts a Palm Springs feel for relaxation and enjoyment. Book your stay at Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix-Mesa today and make the most of your Arizona adventures!


Lost Dutchman State Park

Escape to Lost Dutchman State Park in nearby Apache Junction, Arizona, and experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. This year-round RV and camping destination spans over 320 acres of breathtaking scenery, named after the legendary Lost Dutchman’s gold mine of Old West fame.

Enjoy unforgettable sunrises and sunsets while enjoying clean, full hook-up campsites and numerous hiking and biking trails—spot indigenous wildlife, such as coyotes, mule deer, and jackrabbits. Remember to take in the awe-inspiring gazillion saguaros that steal the show.


Driving toward Apache Junction, you’ll find Goldfield Ghost Town. This 1890s town includes gold-mine tours, a history museum, staged Old West gunfights, and shopping. The setting is so unique that you will snap pictures left and right.

It is cheesy and touristy, but definitely a great and Instagram-worthy place.


Sightseeing is free, but there is a fee for the tours, zip-lining, train rides, horseback riding, and museums. Goldfield Ghost Town is the gateway to the legendary Superstition Mountains of Arizona, a popular recreation area east of Phoenix. 


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