I recently discovered Butcher Jones Recreation Area near Mesa. It’s a great spot to cool off this summer, if you don’t mind sharing the beach with lots of families there to swim and picnic.
|My advice is to bring rafts and swim out farther than the little kids. You won’t feel as crowded.|
|From the water you can see families hanging out on the beach at Butcher Jones Recreation Area.|
|The scenery was lovely on a recent stormy day.|
|Many families bring shade tents and spend the day on the water.|
Before you go: Make sure to buy a $6 recreation pass at the Walgreens on Power Road once you exit the freeway.
See the Tonto National Forest website for more information.