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Gold Canyon

Golf, great skylines and compelling history abound in this desert paradise in the rugged lands near Phoenix

At the foot of the towering Superstition Mountains 40 miles east of the Phoenix, Gold Canyon gives visitors a taste of Arizona scenery at its best. Primarily known for its exquisite views of the mountains and gorgeously sprawling golf courses, Gold Canyon offers visitors a plethora of outdoor recreation and resort living.

This area has been known as a winter home for snowbirds escaping the cold weather to the north. They come from all over the United States, Canada and even Europe to relish the beautifully mild desert winters. These travelers enjoy award-winning golf courses, rugged hiking trails and scenery-rich walking and bike paths, as well as the desert wildlife that thrives year-round.

Two of the area's top-ranked golf courses are the Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Mountain Brook Golf Club. Gold Canyon offers a pristine desert golfing experience with the mountains forming a dramatic backdrop. The 36 holes of Desert Mountain Golf at Gold Canyon offer two unique playing options. Dinosaur Mountain takes golfers to the high Sonoran Desert with dramatic elevation changes, from tee to greens. Sidewinder, at Gold Canyon, takes golfers through the dry creek beds and natural arroyos that make up much of this desert landscape.

Attractions abound even for the non-golfers in the group. There's ample hiking and biking and Jeep tours for the ambitious and young at heart. The luxurious swimming pool, fitness center, delightful dining options and massage and spa services beckon those who enjoy some peaceful time to themselves. Panoramic views dazzle patrons of Kokopelli's Restaurant, the Bar and Grill or the Ledge at Dinosaur Mountain. Enjoy the slower pace of life in peaceful harmony with the unparalleled beauty of the high Sonoran Desert as your ethereal backdrop.

Mountain Brook Golf Club stays true to its name and offers dramatic views of the Superstition Mountains and surrounding desert hills. With ideal golfing conditions on a challenging course and excellent practice facilities, the full service clubhouse and restaurant are the icing on the cake for a no-nonsense golfer seeking wildlife sightings galore.

Gold Canyon is often incorrectly referred to as Gold Camp. Nearby attractions include:

Apache Junction
Located in the Superstition Mountains and home to the original OK Corral Horseback Riding Stables, Apache Junction was, at one time, a hot spot for the movie industry. For around $5 a person, tourists can visit Superstition Mountain Museum and see the Elvis Memorial Chapel and Audie Murphy Barn, commemorating an iconic World War II hero. Burn some extra calories by hiking through the beautiful Sonoran Desert at the Lost Dutchman State Park on the easy Native Plant Trail or on the more strenuous Siphon Draw Trail. From Apache Junction, take U.S.-60 West to get to Phoenix.

One of the fastest-growing cities in the nation and state capital of Arizona, Phoenix gives visitors a chance to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities year round due to the beautiful weather. Whether you want to play a round of golf on a championship golf course, hike through the biologically diverse Sonoran desert or visit spectacular museums or parks, you will have a lovely time doing it in this diverse town. If it's a happening nightlife scene, sports game and fantastic restaurants you're looking for, you're in the right place. Not to mention it's home to the top-rated Phoenix Zoo.

Grand Canyon
To visit the magnificent Grand Canyon is to experience an awe-inspiring landscape. Measuring 18 miles across at its widest point, the 277-mile-long marvel is Arizona's most popular attraction. With two access points from the top, the North and South Rims, the canyon draws millions come to take in spectacular views from the top or from below on day-long hikes, mule rides or river runs. It's a bucket list item that everyone should see.

Petrified Forest
Heading south on U.S.-89 toward Flagstaff, merge onto I-49 East for 110 miles when you will reach the legendary Petrified Forest. Along the way, you may notice that this is the old Route 66. The stone log fragments of the Petrified Forest are beautiful and they boast a variety of colors, best seen at sunset. If you have time, the Painted Desert is well worth a visit and is conveniently located in the northern part of the Petrified Forest National Park

The desert offers some exquisite landscapes and fun outdoor activities to entertain the golfers, hikers, bikers and more. The Sonoran Desert and Superstition Mountains are not only beautiful, but they're also fantastic places to visit, especially during the winter. Arizona is well known for its hot arid desert climate, but regular visitors know that it has four distinct seasons, with tall mountain peaks that you can hike and forests filled with lovely pine trees. From the top-rated golf clubs to the breathtakingly beautiful scenery, Gold Canyon, Arizona, is a gorgeous place that everyone ought to experience at least once in their lives.

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Gold Canyon

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