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Boat on Lake Saguaro, Explore McDowell Mountain Regional Park & More

From the moment the sun begins to heat up the Sonoran Desert until long after the day’s last light has faded, Scottsdale has something fun for just about everyone! From shopping to boating and watersports on Saguaro lake to hiking and mountain biking in McDowell Mountain Regional Park, a memorable experience awaits.

Tempe Marketplace– 19 miles

Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace– 19 miles

Tempe Marketplace is a shopper’s paradise. This outdoor retail destination includes outdoor fireplaces and water features to deliver a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Some of the national retailers at this mall include GAP, Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, G by Guess and ULTA. After browsing the shops, indulge in a bite at one of the many eateries such as Cadillac Ranch, Red Robin, Ruby Tuesday or Cold Stone Creamery. If you’re looking for a little entertainment, stop by Dave & Buster’s or Tempe Marketplace 16 Movie Theatre.

View interactive directions to Tempe Marketplace from our resort.

Arizona Mills – 25 miles

Arizona Mills

Arizona Mills – 25 miles

Arizona Mills features the finest names in manufacturers' and retail outlets, including Last Call from Neiman Marcus, OFF 5TH Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet and Kenneth Cole New York, high quality entertainment venues including Harkins Luxury 24 Cinemas, GameWorks, IMAX Theatre and various themed restaurants such as Rain Forest Café, Johnny Rockets and Joe’s Crab Shack. There are well over 150 stores and food court restaurants combined in this sprawling, Arizona Outlet Mall.

View interactive directions to Arizona Mills from the resort.

Chandler Fashion Center – 30 miles

Chandler Fashion Center

Chandler Fashion Center – 30 miles

Comprised of more than 240 shops and restaurants on two levels, this 320-acre urban village offers premier indoor/outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment unparalleled by few other malls. Start at the Fashion Center Mall’s anchor stores, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears and then work on the rest of your shopping list at the unique and familiar shops found throughout the mall. Pick a special gift at Field of Dreams, Harry & David or Sharper Image or put together a great outfit from Chico’s, New York& Company or Ann Taylor Loft. When you need a break, enjoy a meal or snack at one of the many vendors in the mall food court or savor a meal at one of several full-service restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory, P. F. Chang’s, Wildflower Bread Company and B. J.’s Restaurant & Brewery.

View interactive Center from the resort. 

Scottsdale Fashion Square – 25 miles

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Scottsdale Fashion Square – 25 miles

Discover premier shopping, dining and entertainment at the Scottsdale Fashion Square, the largest shopping destination in the Southwest. This mall offers more than 225 shops and eateries, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's and Dillard's. Scottsdale Fashion Square boasts a large collection of high-end stores such as Boss Hugo Boss, Burberry, Dana Buchman, Louis Vuitton, MaxMara, Sephora, St. John Boutique and Tiffany & Co. Shoppers will also enjoy a host of entertainment and dining opportunities, including five restaurants such as Kona Grill, Yard House and Z Tejas Grill. The food court offers a variety of specialty food selections to tempt any appetite.

View interactive directions to Scottsdale Fashion Square from the resort.

Scottsdale Waterfront – 19 miles

Scottsdale Waterfront

Scottsdale Waterfront – 19 miles

Scottsdale Waterfront is a new, chic outdoor shopping and dining locale. This intimate mall features stores such as Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters. There are many choices for a meal, including Culinary Dropout Gastropub and P.F. Chang’s.

Saguaro Lake and Boating Marina

Saguaro Lake and Boating Marina

Saguaro Lake and Boating Marina

Located about 12 miles from the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center is the Saguaro Lake Marina and boat rental facility.

The most popular lake on the Salt River is Saguaro Lake. Saguaro is a very scenic body of water with towering red and yellow cliff walls that rise out of the surrounding desert. The lake is almost always busy with activity. A full-service marina and restaurant with dock slip rentals makes the lake a great place for boating. Desert Belle, a paddleboat owned by Saguaro Lake Paddle Boat Tours, offers access to the water for those without their own boat. The boat leaves the dock, located just below the restaurant, for a 90-minute tour of the lake.

Visit the Desert Belle website for more information about boat tours of beautiful Saguaro Lake.

For more information about the marina and general lake information, visit the Marina website.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Located about 11 miles from the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center is the McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

Nestled in the lower Verde River basin, the 21-acre park is a desert jewel in the northeast Valley. Elevations in the park rise upwards of 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. As a park visitor, you’ll experience a full program schedule, over 50 miles of multi-use trails along with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. A stroll through the park usually has you finding some of the area’s native wildlife such as deer, javelina, birds and coyotes.

Visit the McDowell Mountain Regional Park official website for additional information including upcoming park events

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