- 1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Take in the stunning views of Saguaro Lake on a 90-minute cruise. Set sail on the Desert Belle, a historic ship that’s been restored. You’ll see the iconic, warm-hued mountains of the Tonto National Forest and maybe even spot some local wildlife, from the comfort of the deck or the air-conditioned cabin. It’s a perfect nature day trip from Mesa, Arizona.
- 90-minute sightseeing cruise
- Live commentary by cruise captain
- Entry/Admission - Desert Belle Cruises
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
Prepare to see some of Arizona’s most iconic plants and wildlife from the comfort of the Desert Belle, a restored 1964 cruise ship. Board the vessel at the Saguaro Lake Marina and stake out a prime viewing spot inside the air-conditioned cabin or beneath the upper deck’s shaded canopy for this 90-minute ride. Be sure you have your camera ready when the ship pulls away from the harbor, and snap away at the first awe-inspiring view of the rust-colored mountains.
Beautiful Saguaro Lake is nestled in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, 20 miles (32 km) outside of Mesa. Named after the saguaro cacti that surround the lake, it has 22 miles (35 km) of picturesque shoreline, expansive views and indigenous flora and fauna. Enjoy the sights of Arizona’s dramatic desert and soaring canyons formed by millions of years of geological forces. Spot cacti, mesquite and prickly pear plants sprinkled throughout the landscape. Looks for coyotes, bobcats and bighorn sheep lurking in the hills.
Listen as the captain narrates what you see and points out things that are at first apparent only to the trained eye.On select nights, you can sit back and enjoy live music played on board by local Arizonan bands. Purchase beverages such as beer, wine and soft drinks from the concession stand on board the Desert Belle and then sit back and enjoy the ride. An optional upgrade is available for priority seating, which includes one drink and popcorn.
- 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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Tour guide was very friendly, good sense of humor, and gave lots of interesting information about the area and the plants.
Had a great time w my daughter on a very hot day but enjoyable, captain was very informative and professional
Enjoyed the cruise and narration as did our guests from out of town. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon seeing some of Arizona
This was a very fun trip. Excellent views of the lake and surrounding mountains, will definitely be back!
This is the 3rd time we've been on the cruise. We absolutely love it. Every part of the cruise is done absolutely top notch. So relaxing and beautiful!!!
A very relaxing 90 minute boat cruise on lake Saguaro Lake - scenery was very enjoyable - crew was very very friendly and helpful - as a 38 retiree as a public school music teacher and speech instructor, I especially would like to give a pointed credit to the boat captain whom also was the main narrator throughout - extremely informative and kept one's attention to highlights while enroute - yes, you get your monies worth - - don't hesitate to purchase the dvd for $5.00 - very well done, and profits support a valued entity
We went on the desert belle excursion ride on the 12:30 tour. The captain was excellent pointing out different attractions and telling stories. The crew member girls were very curtious . We enjoyed the cruise and found it very informative. Would recommend it to anyone
Most amazing experience ever!!!! Will definitely go again, and reccomend this for anyone. Must see!!
My girlfriend and I truly enjoyed this wonderful experience! Would recommend for anyone who comes to Phoenix! Great guide and support staff!
My father (83yrs) was down from Canada so I brought him along with my daughter and grand daughter(7mths) on the cruise! They really enjoyed it.
Definitely One to see. Get the preferred upgrade and sit in air conditioning while listening to the Tour guide. He was informative and funny. 4 stars
We enjoyed the whole time. Captain of boat very informative. Peaceful excursion around the lake. Beautiful area amazing vegetation ,love the cactus.
My relatives and I enjoyed the boat ride. The Captain was very informative. We would definitely recommend this as a must see.
Good experience on a beautiful day! Good commentary and history provided. Thanks for a fun trip!
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.
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.
All I can tell you is, It's worth every dollar you spent for this trip!