Get Outdoors at MCC!

Looking for great outdoor activities to enjoy Arizona’s gorgeous spring weather? MCC has free attractions on our beautiful campuses. Campus maps for the destinations noted below are available at the bottom of MCC’s website at  Looking for other things to do at MCC? Visit

Southern and Dobson Campus


Rose Garden

Stop to smell the roses. Located on the north side of campus along Southern Avenue, the garden is home to nearly 9,000 bushes and is the largest public rose garden in the Desert Southwest. It’s not only a Mesa landmark, but a centerpiece for community, education, and innovative economic initiatives in the East Valley.

Inside the garden there’s also a Veterans Garden with a Blue Star Memorial plaque.

Art Walk

Art Walk

Here’s a great way to get exercise and receive an art education at the same time! More than 30 public art pieces are on display throughout the Southern and Dobson campus. Grab your smart phone and take a self-guided tour starting at the visitor's parking lot near MCC's Rose Garden.

Baseball photo

Spring Sports

Go Thunderbirds! Help cheer on our local athletes for little to no cost throughout the year. Baseball entered the 2017 season ranked #6 in the nation in NJCAA DII Pre-Season Polls. Other spring sports teams are softball, basketball, tennis, track & field, and golf. News and schedules are found at, or follow T-Bird Athletics on social media.

Red Mountain Campus



Take a trip to the Red Mountain campus and you might see desert tortoises, roadrunners, quail, rattlesnakes and desert cottontails! Visit the cienega, a desert wetland surrounded by native vegetation, home to two species of endangered fish, an endangered plant species and several other species of protected reptiles and amphibians. In 2016, the cienega earned a Certified Wildlife Habitat designation from the National Wildlife Federation. The cienega is in the campus’s central courtyard surrounded by the Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Desert Willow buildings.

Watch a video about the cienega and the 2014 Founders Conservation Award from the North American Native Plant Society. 

Red Mountain Fun Run

Fitness Trail

Visitors can walk the two-mile trail around the perimeter of campus for views of saguaro cacti, 800-year-old ironwood trees, ocotillo, ephedra, jojoba, creosote bushes and many other remarkable plants. The footpath begins just outside the Mesquite building and boulders etched with desert critters mark quarter-mile increments.