Luxurious Pueblo-Style Lodgings Overlooking Desert Valley
Yellow wildflowers, prickly pear cacti, and desert brush are heavily featured in the landscape of Sidewinder Golf Course. The abundance of desert scenery here almost makes the greens seem like the pools of a desert oasis. Gold Canyon Golf Resort’s pueblo-inspired dwellings are little oases of their own, secluded in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. It's a quiet, private setting where you can get gorgeous views of the surrounding desert valley.
You can use the included resort credit for a round of golf at the 18-hole Sidewinder course, whose fairways undulate past natural arroyos and dry creek beds. Or you can upgrade to play at the Dinosaur Mountain course, which was awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest and has gorgeous views of the Superstition Mountains.
Alternatively, you can pay a visit to Gold Canyon's in-house spa, where skilled therapists tailor various massages to your individual needs. Aestheticians are also on hand to perform a variety of skin treatments, including facials that incorporate Aveda products. To see the full menu of spa services, click here.
At Kokopelli's Restaurant, you can sample pork osso bucco or grilled-shrimp tacos topped with pineapple sauce. The Ledge restaurant's outdoor patio offers expansive views and is situated beneath a colorful fabric canopy.
The resort's spa and patio casita rooms are done up in simple white and amber tones. Spa rooms are outfitted with either an indoor or outdoor jacuzzi, an indoor fireplace, and a private patio, where you can survey the Arizona sky.
Gold Canyon, Arizona: Hiking and Biking Through the Superstition Mountains
Arizona's Superstition Mountains are often veiled in a thick mist; according to legend, they're the site of a gold mine that has been lost for more than a century. You may or may not find gold, but it's worth it to go hiking or mountain biking in the Superstition Mountains, where you may encounter saguaro cacti, wild jackrabbits, or ancient petroglyphs and Pictionary sketches by Native American tribes.