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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
From US$23.00
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12:30pm; Preferred TicketMost Popular
12:30pm departure for the Desert Belle boat cruise; includes priority boarding, one (1) drink per person and popcorn
12:30pm; Standard Ticket
12:30pm departure for the Desert Belle boat cruise
2:45pm; Preferred Ticket
2:45pm departure for the Desert Belle boat cruise; includes priority boarding, one (1) drink per person and popcorn
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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.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Relaxing and informative!

I went with a friend and her daughter. This was my first time in this area. The captain was super informative, and knew the area, the weather and the formations. He had a nice mix of quiet time as well as talking. The boat itself...More

Thank Lori W
Reviewed 4 July 2018
Beautiful, relaxing, and a great value

Took my fiancé here for a Father's Day surprise. We loved it! We were fortunate enough to be there on a cloudy day (and I highly recommend this as a seasonal activity when the weather is cooler). If you have motion sickness, this tour will...More

3  Thank ScottsdaleFoody2008
Reviewed 26 June 2018
Great Cruise

The cruise was so nice. The captain was so informative and funny, We were able to see wild horses on the side of the mountains. We purchased the preferred tickets which enable us to board early and get the better seats. The captain encouraged everyone...More

Thank maureenschindle
Reviewed 25 June 2018
very relaxing and informative

We scheduled a 12:30 pm cruise on a Saturday. I would advise getting preferred tickets and making sure you are there at least 30 minutes before departure. What a great way to spend a warm summer day on the water. I would advise a late...More

Thank Lee M
Reviewed 17 June 2018
One of the best sight seeing tours I been on

The captain was very informative and entertaining. The sights to see were AMAZING. We all have to step out of our homes, media, internet and just enjoy nature. The cruise reflects this very well, if you go on a nice day that is not so...More

Thank Mathew6184
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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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