The Great Outdoors
The Tonto National Forrest borders the Mesa area and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking, camping, tubing the Salt River, fishing, horseback riding and boating at Saguaro Lake.
Mesa prides itself on the top rated educational institutions including Mesa Community College, ASU Polytechnic campus and East Valley Institute of Technology. There are an array of private and public schools for primary and secondary education. Mesa Public Schools were ranked as a Gold Medal School District by Expansion Management magazine, a designation that only 16% of schools evaluated receive.