East Valley (Phoenix)

The sun shines in the East Valley an average of 300 days in the year. This area includes the cities and towns of Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale, Apache Junction and Globe.

From Tempe to the East Mesa area, in-town parks and resorts offer convenience and close proximity to the arts, upscale shopping, classes in a variety of venues, museums and sports events. Major league baseball spring training games begin in February, and there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than rooting for a professional baseball team. Roost further east in Apache Junction and beyond to be part of the real desert. The Superstition Mountains border the east side of the Valley and have dozens of hiking trails. Valley freeways allow easy travel in and out of “civilization.” Golf courses are a way of life in the Valley of the Sun, and this whole area is peppered with them. Take a short ride north of Apache Junction and spend a day on one of the man-made lakes, competing with local eagles for fish, renting a pontoon boat, or enjoying the local color of Tortilla Flat.

Globe was once a silver mining boom town, while Miami was the site of copper deposits found in the 1880s. Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park, an Indian ruin, is a fascinating place to experience how the original Salado Indian residents lived during the 13th and 14th centuries. Just east of Globe is the San Carlos Indian Reservation, once the home of Geronimo.