Spring Training Day Trips

Springtime in Arizona means that there are plenty of spring training games to indulge in. Many people flock to the sunny state for near perfect weather, a fresh tan and plenty of ball games. However, as you could imagine, there is much more to do and see in Arizona than just a few spring training games. If you came for the game but are ready to explore more, these are day trips for your off days. 

  1. Amazing Apache Trail
    A true Arizona treasure is the Apache Trail. This was once a stagecoach route through the Superstition Mountains. Now it serves as a paved road to attractions like Goldfield Ghost Town. Historic building line Main Street with entertaining Old West shootouts, plenty of shopping, dining and other attractions. This is definitely a way to step back in time to see what the Wild West was really about.

    If you continue on, you can make another stop in an Old West town. Tortilla Flat is an authentic stagecoach stop that offers a saloon, gift shop, country store and more. You can continue your journey to Canyon Lake and hop aboard Dolly Steamboat. You can enjoy a scenic lake cruise or a dinner tour as well.
  2. Steadfast to Superior and Globe
    East of Mesa will bring you to the small town of Superior. It may not look like much but you can make a fun stop at the World’s Smallest Museum. This is a novelty stop for fun, all 134 square feet of it and it is definitely an attraction to get you into the nearby restaurant. But hey, you can check that one off your list.

    Also located in Superior, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is another great stop to make. You can trek among 400 acres of sprawling wildflowers, cacti and other desert flora.

    When you head into Globe, the fun doesn’t end. You can check out Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park, The Pickle Barrel Trading Post, Old Dominion Historic Mine Park, Old Gila County Jail and Courthouse or browse through several antique shops along Broad Street.
  3. Sights of Scottsdale and Cave Creek
    Especially if you plan to catch games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, you won’t want to pass up the sights of Scottsdale and Cave Creek.

    Scottsdale is home to the Musical Instrument Museum, a one-of-a-kind museum showcasing more than 6,8000 instruments from around the world. Who knew there were so many? Special exhibitions are always going up.

    For your next stop, try hiking the Spur Cross Conservation Area in Cave Creek. The hike holds picturesque desert views, whether you want a moderate or difficult trek. 

Lastly, you do not want to miss out on the town of Cave Creek. There are plenty of mouthwatering restaurants, the Cave Creek Museum, Frontier Town, ranches for horseback riding adventures or swing in for a game of golf.

  1. Western Wickenburg
    If your games end up on the west side, then continue your trek a little northwest and hit up Wickenburg along the U.S. Route 60.  On the outskirts is Hassayampa River Preserve. This is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 280 species observed. You can take a trail and hike around the preserve as well.

    Next, enjoy the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. This museum has hosted guests for 50 years and displayed art and history of the American West.

    Lastly, on your way back to the valley, be sure to stop at Dillon’s at Western Trails Ranch. You can catch live music, delicious food and more entertainment options.
  2. Jump Out of Your Skin in Jerome
    For the spooky side trip, head to the ghost town of Jerome to jump out of your skin. Once a copper mining town, Jerome is now home to visiting tourists, entertainment and the living dead. It is an artist hub filled with boutiques, galleries, wine-tasting rooms and restaurants. You can pan for gold or visit Mine Museum for a glimpse into the past. And, if you dare, take a ghost town tour to see what all the dead excitement is all about.
  3. Soak Up Sedona
    For perhaps the most scenic day trip of them all, heading to Sedona will deliver beautiful red rocks and more. Powerful spiritual energy can be felt as you hike atop Cathedral Rock. Head to Main Street for a stroll among new age shops and galleries. You can end the evening with fine-dining or choose an adventurous activity like horseback riding or a Jeep cruise. 

Bottom Line

If you come to Arizona for the love of baseball, you can also leave with brand new experiences. There are plenty of day trips that can coincide with your spring training games. These trips will no doubt be fun and exhausting.