Mesa, Arizona, is a sizeable suburb of Phoenix, and, like Phoenix, it's in the Sonoran desert. So, of course, it's hot and dry, with the average high of 106 in July. But if that's all you know about Mesa, you are missing out. For instance, there are three lakes and two rivers within a thirty-minute drive of the city. Around the city, you can, of course, find ghost towns and tourist traps, but you can also find really good restaurants and interesting museums, like the Arizona Museum of Natural History.
The museum covers the state of Arizona from the earliest period. If you want to stay out of the heat, you can stay in the museum and find all kinds of fearsome creatures, from the Megalodon Shark, which was nearly as large as the Sperm Whale, to the Quetzalcoatlus, the largest winged creature to ever fly, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet.
After spending time with the scary past, why not step out into the modern sunlight and get some puppy love? Among Mesa's attractions is a very nice park. Quail Run Park is a great all-around park, with four soccer fields, and two baseball diamonds. There are picnic facilities and a lovely playground with plenty of shade. But one of the best aspects has to be the absolutely huge dog park.
Quail Run is 40 acres of open space, so it's really no surprise that the dog park is over three acres. The dog park is quite nicely set up, with very high, strong fencing. There are lots of poop bags and plenty of benches. There are also water fountains for dogs and people, however, since it's so dry in Arizona, it is always a good idea to bring extra water for you and your dog.
One really great detail is that there's a smaller, fenced enclosure meant for timid dogs. This means that if you have an older dog who is cranky and not looking for a pile of pups to play with or a new dog that is still trying to build up confidence to relate to others, they can also enjoy off-leash play without too much stimulation. The park is closed on Thursdays and from 12 pm to 1 pm daily for cleaning.