RVers know it’s a treat to find an RV resort that offers great amenities and activities and has the feel of a close-knit community. At Mesa Spirit RV Resort in Mesa, Arizona, they have it all: 1,667 spaces with full hookups and a seasoned, friendly staff. Thousands of returning visitors call this their home away from home.
Travel 30 minutes SW of Phoenix, just west of the stunning Superstition Mountains and you’ll find Mesa Spirit RV Resort. This age-qualified community is pet friendly, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your fur kids behind. You’ll see all shapes and sizes of RVs here from camper vans to big rigs. For those who don’t want to make the drive down, Mesa Spirit has homes for rent and for sale. And, it’s only 25 minutes from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway International airport. Being a snowbird has never been easier!
Sense of Community
Bernice Gruchalla is a snowbird who has come to Mesa Spirit every year for the past 43 years. “The people here are fantastic,” she said. “I’m 103 and the weather is great and the activities keep me very busy. I enjoy taking the bus tours to the casinos.” Bernice loves the sense of belonging she has at Mesa Spirit. “People know me. It’s like living in a small
town It’s great to see the same people every year. I know most of the staff and residents. It’s the best park in valley.”
Lyse Dorrington is a Canadian from Victoria, BC who comes to Mesa Spirit for five to six months of the year and has for the past 16 years. “I don’t have a car,” she said. “I fly in and take the light rail system and buses everywhere. The park takes us out twice a week
to get groceries. I bought my place in 2001 and I love the weather, it’s almost always sunny.” Lyse is also one of the volunteers at Mesa Spirit. “I run the Mahjongg and Euchre games every week. I’m also the librarian. We lend books on a trust system. You know your neighbors here. You feel part of the community and you can be as social or as private as you want. There’s always free coffee and really nice people in the main office.”
The Great Outdoors
One of the great things about Arizona in the winter, is being in the great outdoors. The Grand Canyon is a four-hour drive away and makes for a great road trip. For something closer to home, take a hike at Usery Mountain Regional Park, a short 25-minute drive from the resort. The lower trails here are great for hikers of all ages and abilities.
Riverview Park is 15 minutes from the resort and has a Community Fishing Program, which means you can fish to your hearts content or four trout and four catfish a day, whichever comes first. Riverview is also the spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs.
For some, Mesa, AZ is a golf mecca. Beginners and pros alike flock here for the courses and the breathtaking views. A backdrop of blue skies and mountains makes your day on the course even more memorable. Golf once a week or once a day, there are enough courses here to keep you busy. If you don’t want to drive, the resort has a golf simulator.
Some of the courses within 30-minute drive of Mesa Spirit Resort include the famous Las Sendas Golf Club, as well as Longbow, Dobson Ranch, Kokopelli, Toka Sticks, Superstition Mountain, Apache Creek and Painted Mountain. You can also visit ViewPoint RV & Golf Resort, a sister Encore property that boasts an 18-hole championship and a 9-hole executive course that will satisfy players of all abilities.
Get Out and About
Mesa was made for getting out and about and having fun. Go soaring high in the Sonoran skies in a hot air balloon, or skydive from 10,000 feet! There’s even indoor skydiving. Hop on a bike, or the back of a trusty steed, or jump in a Jeep or Hummer and tour the area.
For something more laid back, head out wine tasting, take a boat cruise, visit the Phoenix Zoo or tour the Desert Botanical Garden. There’s an olive mill for great olive oils and plenty of area farms where you can buy everything from peaches to pumpkins direct from the farmers. Ask about the Fresh Foodie Trail.
Shop until you drop and then head to the spa! There are several great places to shop here. There are malls and downtown Mesa has several unique boutiques and shops as well as salons and spas. As for casinos, there are at least 10 within an hour of Mesa Spirit
Choose from over 30 activities at the park. Join a sports league, take yoga, join a pickleball or bocce league. Try your hand at silversmithing, singing, water aerobics, tai chi . . . the list is almost endless.
Cathy Quintero, Activities Director, makes sure there’s something for almost everyone here. “We have dances every couple of weeks,” she said. “Happy hour is every Tuesday and we make homemade pizza and sit out by the pool. Everyone comes to the country store too. It’s like a flea market with handmade crafts and food. Everyone loves to buy trinkets, and sit around and eat while they hobnob with friends.”
As for events, tribute artists, comedians and entertainers are brought in on a regular basis.
Amenities can make or break your RV experience. At Mesa Spirit, you’ll find a fitness
center, swimming pools, whirlpools/spas/hot tubs, laundry facilities, horseshoe pits, a ballroom and banquet hall, a library, tennis and pickleball courts, mini-golf, and much more.
It’s all you really need to make your RV stay feel like home.