• Location: Mesa, Arizona
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake

Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise

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.

Customer Reviews

Gene K G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

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

Betty W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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

Mike S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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

Susan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This cruise on the Suguaro Lake exceeded our expectations. The scenery is beautiful, on the cruise and driving to and from the cruise. The narration by Captain Mike was informative and entertaining.

Amber L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The four of us enjoyed the sightseeing cruise on Saguraro Lake. It was our first visit to this area for two of us our two friends that live in AZ had never done the cruise. The narration of the area, rock formations, views of the cliffs, and plus being a beautiful day were wonderful. We would recommend this cruise to visitors and locals. Thank you.

Judy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Wonderful tour! Captain Mike was a hoot!

Carolyn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Very educational and relaxing

Michele F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

All I can tell you is, It's worth every dollar you spent for this trip!

Marjorie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was a hot day, so to sit right at the front of the boat and get a few splashes was perfect. We chose the afternoon cruise with live music it was relaxing. I would recommend taking this trip.

gloria z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Lovely cruise. Great staff. Captain very informative and knowledgeable. Beautiful, scenic. I would suggest this as a must see to anyone that visits Phoenix.

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