Mesa, Arizona
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90 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Enjoy a narrated 90-minute cruise on Saguaro Lake, an easy drive from Phoenix and Mesa. Hop on board the Desert Belle, a restored sightseeing vessel with spectacular views of the desert landscape. Snap photos of Tonto National Forest, and look for local wildlife such as bald eagles, coyotes and bobcats. Ride in your choice of an air-conditioned cabin or shaded open-air top deck, with great views from all seats. Drinks are available for purchase on board, or you can upgrade to include preferred seating and one drink.
  • 90-minute scenic boat ride across Saguaro Lake in Tonto National Forest
  • Relax on the Desert Belle’s sprawling deck as you take in the beautiful sights
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert as you coast along dazzling blue waters
  • See local wildlife such as bighorn sheep, bobcats and coyotes
  • Photograph beautiful desert scenery, mountains and canyons
Make your own way to Saguaro Lake to board the boat for your tour. Saguaro Lake lies within Tonto National Forest, about a 30-mile (48-km) drive from Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona.

Choose from a number of departure times throughout the afternoon for your 90-minute cruise aboard the Desert Belle, a restored double-decker boat that was originally built in 1964. You can enjoy excellent views from either beneath the upper deck’s shaded canopy or inside the air-conditioned cabin.

Take in views of classic Arizona desert scenery during your cruise, including mesquite, prickly pear plants and the iconic saguaro cactus, all set against the rust-colored mountains in the distance. You might spot a bald eagle soaring in the bright blue sky above you, or bobcats, coyotes and bighorn sheep trekking around the hills.

Keep your camera ready to snap photos as you cruise around the lake, which has 22 miles (35 km) of cactus-studded shoreline, with expansive views of the water in contrast to the dramatic desert canyons. Hear live narration from your captain about the sights you pass and look for points of interest that are only apparent at first to the trained eye.

Beverages such as beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from the concession stand on board the Desert Belle. An optional upgrade is available that guarantees priority seating, and includes one drink and popcorn.

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, Oct 2018

Most amazing experience ever!!!! Will definitely go again, and reccomend this for anyone. Must see!!

, Sep 2018

My girlfriend and I truly enjoyed this wonderful experience! Would recommend for anyone who comes to Phoenix! Great guide and support staff!

, Aug 2018

My father (83yrs) was down from Canada so I brought him along with my daughter and grand daughter(7mths) on the cruise! They really enjoyed it.

, Aug 2018

Definitely One to see. Get the preferred upgrade and sit in air conditioning while listening to the Tour guide. He was informative and funny. 4 stars

, Apr 2018

This tour was a fun 90 cruise around the lake. We did the narrated version and the captain was very knowledgeable about the history of the area. We learned a lot of fun facts and met some cool people from different parts of the U.S. The two attendants working on the boat were great. The drink/snack selection was pretty average but the views make up for that.

, Apr 2018

We enjoyed the whole time. Captain of boat very informative. Peaceful excursion around the lake. Beautiful area amazing vegetation ,love the cactus.

, Mar 2018

it was a good cruise....not a great cruise.....pricey for what it has to offer

, Mar 2018

My relatives and I enjoyed the boat ride. The Captain was very informative. We would definitely recommend this as a must see.

, Mar 2018

Boring and a boat ride moving slower than a snail. 4 Peaks view about the only thing worth taking a picture of.

, Mar 2018

Good experience on a beautiful day! Good commentary and history provided. Thanks for a fun trip!

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