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Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake

Highlights
  • 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
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Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake
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Overview
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 (198)
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Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake

We took our guests to Saguaro lake and did the cruise. It was amazing. We have taken it two times previously with other guests and they loved it. So much to see as you lour the lake and listen to the captain narrate about all...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank redwing1ontario
Reviewed 2 days ago
Great cruise

Excellent crew headed by Captain John. Beautiful experience. Highly recommend. We went on the 5 pm cruise was very informative. Learned a lot about the area and wildlife.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Connector665918
Reviewed 2 days ago
Took my 94 yr mother and had the best Christmas with her!

I grew up in AZ but haven't lived there for decades. We wanted to do something special for my 94 yr old mother at Christmas, and this fit the bill. She was THRILLED to get out and "see" AZ again. it was just beautiful, our...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank danebride
Reviewed 3 days ago
Beautiful scenery

Absolutely beautiful sites everywhere. The cruise takes 90 minutes and almost immediately you see the beauty of the area. The only bad thing was the parking situation. We did the 12:30 cruise and arrived when we were supposed to. The previous cruise had not returned...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank cubsproat
Reviewed 3 days ago
Loved this boat cruise!

This was really a wonderful trip. The Captain provided a nice narrative, alternating between fun facts and being quiet so he wasn't constantly talking. The trip itself is beautiful and provides great opportunities for pictures. I highly recommend getting the priority seating, just $5 more,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank KGafron
TheDesertBelle, Director of Sales at Desert Belle Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy you enjoyed the cruise, and took the time to do the hike too! The desert is beautiful this time of year, especially with that hike set against Saguaro Lake! Thank you again for the...More

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10 March 2019|
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Response from Tom M | Reviewed this property |
It should show up as an option to pay $5 more. It lets you board first and is good for one food or beverage item.
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10 March 2019|
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Response from CZ1A | Reviewed this property |
When you click on the date that you want, a choice of cruise times comes up. Once you chose the cruise time that you want, you then have a choice of preferred or general tickets. The preferred tickets only cost $5 more. It... More
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nancy J
10 February 2019|
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Response from Tom M | Reviewed this property |
Never hurts to call them, as there could be a cancellation. Agree with others that the extra $ charge to get on early and get a free drink is worth it.
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