When people think of a desert vacation in Arizona, they often picture rounds of golf and poolside relaxation in the middle of the winter when temperatures are mild. It may be surprising to find out that there are plenty of ways you can enjoy Arizona in every season, especially when you stay with Bluegreen Resorts at the Cibola Vista Resort and Spa in Peoria.
Located just 10 minutes from Phoenix, the resort is the perfect starting point for a variety of unique Arizona adventures that you can undertake based on the season, such as a trip to Lake Pleasant on a scorching hot day or a visit to Native American ruins in the refreshing winter air. The following describes some of the activities that will help you enjoy a desert vacation in Arizona at any time of the year:
It’s possible to enjoy Arizona’s desert landscape during the summer because it’s just a short drive from the Cibola Vista Resort and Spa to Lake Pleasant, where you can cool off while boating, skiing, and fishing. You can also splash around on jet skis or explore the lake’s many coves in a kayak. An ideal destination for the experienced angler, Lake Pleasant offers the best bass fishing of all the lakes surrounding Phoenix and it contains a variety of other sport fish, including tilapia and channel catfish. Anglers also report that a warm summer night is the best time to catch fish in Lake Pleasant.
On a hot summer day in Arizona, one of the best ways to escape the heat is to book a spa day, which is particularly easy when the spa is located at your resort like it is at Cibola Vista. The spa offers a wide range of treatments in a tranquil environment to help refresh the mind, body, and spirit. When you visit the spa, you can savor treatments like the 50-minute Swedish massage, the anti-aging corrective facial, and the 80-minute hydrating body wrap. The rejuvenating effects of a day at the spa at Cibola Vista will give you a whole new appreciation for this oasis in the Sonoran Desert.
When the air starts to cool in the fall, you can more easily immerse yourself in the beautiful desert scenery around Arizona, including the Lavender Pit in Bisbee. The 950-foot deep pit is an abandoned mine with rugged tiers that stretch across 300 acres, an impressive sight that can be observed from rim viewing platforms. After the pit was abandoned in 1975, the town of Bisbee transformed into a historical tourist destination and artist community that draws visitors from around Arizona and the country.
Closer to the Cibola Vista Resort and Spa, you can appreciate Arizona’s arid landscapes at the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, a desert oasis surrounded by city views. The preserve offers miles of serene trails through the Sonoran Desert, as well as a number of peaks to climb. From the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, hikers can reach Camelback Mountain, the highest summit and one of the most popular hikes in the preserve.
Amid Arizona’s mild winter air, you can enjoy some of the state’s most unique sites. One such destination is the Pueblo Grande Ruin, located just 40 minutes from Cibola Vista. A National Historic Landmark, the ruin is an expansive prehistoric Hohokam Indian village that was inhabited from 100 to 1450 A.D. The Hohokam constructed caliche-brick dwellings, a ball court in the Central American style, and a 20-foot high masonry platform that covers more than 3 acres. When you visit the park, you can take a self-guided trail to the ruins and visit displays on the Hohokam people at the Pueblo Grande Museum. Visit on a Sunday for free admission to the park.
To enjoy more of Arizona’s cultural heritage, visit Taliesin West at the base of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale. The national historic landmark currently houses the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and it was once the winter home of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Founded in 1937, Taliesin West was hand-built and maintained primarily by Wright and his apprentices. The architecture was inspired by the desert landscape, and the simple design fosters a connection to nature. Over the years, the campus has expanded to include performance spaces, studios, a dining hall, and living quarters.
Springtime in Arizona is best known for spring training or the preseason series of professional baseball games between February and March, when players gather at complexes around the Phoenix area to practice and earn positions. While teams play around Phoenix, Peoria has its own sports complex that is shared with the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. After watching a game, you can easily access the nearby shopping and entertainment options in Peoria.
For additional springtime entertainment outside of the baseball diamond, you can visit the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located an hour east of Phoenix. The park is Arizona’s largest and oldest botanical garden, featuring a streamside forest, specialty gardens, and a desert lake. Managed in part by the University of Arizona, the arboretum was established by mining magnate Colonel William Boyce Thompson in the 1920s. The park currently strives to offer recreation, conservation, and research opportunities related to arid-land plants. At the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, you can stroll beneath the shade of towering trees, including Eucalyptus and Palo Verde.