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Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake

  • 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
Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake
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12:30pm departure for the Desert Belle boat cruise
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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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (166)
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Loved it!

We have been to Arizona quite a lot, and didn't even know about this tour! We had such a peaceful day on the Lake. It was very informative and so beautiful. You just cannot go wrong. It is a steal at this price. You will...More

Thank jane b
Reviewed 4 days ago
Scenic cruise in the desert

My group of 3 spent a lovely hour and a half cruising Saguaro Lake. I enjoyed every minute. The scenery lived up to the tour description, the weather was beautiful. Although it was hot, about 99 degrees, the air conditioned cabin was a nice respite...More

Thank BuckeyeBecky2014
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Ride

This is a great way to be introduced to Arizona. The ride was beautiful and the history stories about the area and Arizona were very interesting. A must do for all ages.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful experience

We were a group of 28 people who took this sightseeing cruise. From start to finish it was wonderful. The employees were friendly and helpful. The boat is comfortable, with a retractable roof on the upper deck which protects you from the hot sun. The...More

1  Thank Traveler13116807
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beautiful Lake

Such a great way to spend the day. The boat is awesome and the views can't be beat. You wont be disappointed !

Thank TDB852
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Steve W
1 August 2018|
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Response from Patricia F | Reviewed this property |
On the same road to the Desert Belle you will go past "Goldfield Mining" that is a nice place to stop and look around, it is a little old mining place with lots of shops.
Steve W
1 August 2018|
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Response from debra334 | Reviewed this property |
No. Mesa is south of Phoenix and Sedona is north of Phoenix. Another fun thing to do is to take the train ride out of Clarkdale - very scenic and beautiful. That would be on your way to Sedona. It is near Cottonwood and... More
Darrell M
16 April 2018|
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Response from Caazsherry | Reviewed this property |
All roads are paved and it’s easy an easy drive.
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