This little oasis, Mesquite, offers world-class mountain biking. ATV Tours, hiking trails, nature tours, sky diving and a Camel Safari tour just to name a few. It’s also home to world-renowned events and has hosted the World Arm Wrestling Championship, the Jr. Golden Glove National Championships, Mesquite Marathon, the Teacher games in Mesquite and many more sporting events. Mesquite has one recreational forte and it is golfing for sure. It’s a true golfer’s paradise, with courses such as Wolf Creek, Coyote Willows and Oasis Golf Course. After a spectacular day on manicured greens, what better way to recharge for a night on the tables than at one of Mesquite’s luxury spas, Casablanca Spa.
Mesquite had its origins in February 1880, when leaders and selected families of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered on the northeast bank of the Virgin River. At that time William Branch was sustained as bishop, and church members were given specific duties related to the cotton enterprise. Because water was critical, the pioneers dug a seven-and-a-half mile irrigation canal. The settlers enjoyed an ample harvest in their first year. But in June of 1882, a flood wreaked havoc demolishing homes and causing the canal to be breached in fifty-eight places. A month later, Bishop Branch dispatched this report: The brethren are steadily working on the canal, 12 of the men are down with chills leaving but 9 at work ? 110 degrees in shade and 140 degrees where the men work and filthy water to drink. Families began to leave. By 1883, when Dudley Leavitt's family moved to Mesquite, the town was deserted. Widespread damage from subsequent storms forced the Leavitts to relocate as well.
After two failed attempts to settle Mesquite, a few resolute men, including William Abbott, camped along the abandoned irrigation canal. The year was 1894, and the workers, all in their early twenties, labored to repair the damage. Their rations consisted of an occasional crust of bread, molasses, and warm milk from an old red cow tied to a wagon. In a miraculous way the youthful men prevailed. Water once again flowed, the land was fenced and divided, crops were planted, school classes began, and a voting precinct and post office were established. By 1900, nineteen families called Mesquite home—a humble home, as they lived in wagons, tents, adobe structures and under tarps.
Gold Butte Backcountry Byway is 62-mile scenic drive that starts near the town of Mesquite, Nevada.Off Road – high clearance or 4x4 vehicles recommended as well as good research prior to a trip. Extra water and emergency food is always good to have when driving into the desert including a map of the area and compass as a back up.Hiking, biking, ATVs on marked roads and involves travel on unpaved roads. Not recommend for rental cars.
With an average of 310 sunny days per year, it’s no wonder that Mesquite, Nevada is a great golf destination. Combine the great weather with the rugged setting, however, Mesquite offers plus 4 star rating courses.
CasaBlanca Golf Club is a fine Cal Olson design built in the mid-1990s. Some of the finer courses in Mesquite include Falcon Ridge Golf Club, 16th tee has an unbelievable view. Wolf Creek Golf Club, spectacular desert canyons with elevated tee shots and dramatic green settings and Contesoga Golf Club an interesting and challenging Gary Panks design.
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