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Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake

Phoenix, United States
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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
90-minute sightseeing cruise
Live commentary by cruise captain
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)

Departure Point

Saguaro Lake
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.
Stop At:  
Tonto National Forest
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Saguaro
Admission Ticket Free
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Desert Belle Cruises
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • OPERATED BY The Desert Belle Tour Boat

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Get the preferred upgrade and sit in air conditioning while listening to the Tour guide." See review
  • "it was a good cruise, not a great cruise, pricey for what it has to offer" See review


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Wonderful experience!!
, Feb 2020
Enjoyed this relaxing cruise with friends and celebrating our 48th Anniversary. Thanks for making this day a little more special ❤️
Awesome cruise!
, Nov 2019
Wonderful cruise! We were lucky enough to see a big horned sheep and two bald eagles! Would definitely recommend this cruise.
Beautiful + Informative!
, Nov 2019
We enjoyed the tour! We learned several new AZ facts, too. John was an awesome tour guide! Thanks!!!
Wonderful, Informative
, Nov 2019
Great day, Lots of good information from the Captain. He was very friendly and personable. This is my second time and I would recommend this tour.
Great afternoon
, Nov 2019
Enjoyed the boat experience and lake cruise. Scenery was spectacular, mountains and desert beautiful. Saw some eagles, a heron and many fisherman. Staff were great and captain delivered is narrative well with lots of personal pieces.
Great cruise
, Nov 2019
Very scenic cruise. Bald Eagle sighting. Captain had a great sense of humor with perfect amount of narrative history.
Well work the money
Laurie S
, Nov 2019
Captain "Gino" is a wealth of information about the area ... not only was the scenery beautiful but we learned so much about what we were looking at ... excellent!!!!
Desert Belle Cruise is the way to go
, Nov 2019
My wife and I really enjoyed the Desert Belle Cruise. The captain and crew were excellent, It was a relaxing and informative cruise. Highly recommended
Start of vacation
, Nov 2019
From airport to lake--the restaurant had great food--the tour was pleasant though a little cool. The tour was informative and the scenery was great. Great service and great tour!!!!!!!!!!
Exceeded our expectations!
Irvin W
, Oct 2019
My wife and I had an enjoyable sightseeing cruise on the Desert Belle that exceeded our expectations. We arrived early and ate in the restaurant overlooking the lake. The boat was only half occupancy; so we had plenty of space to move around.

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