Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake
For a great activity outside Phoenix, check out the Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake, where you'll see the most iconic plants and animals in Arizona from a comfortable seat in an air-conditioned boat sailing on a lake. The 90-minute cruise is is the cruise of a lifetime. Arizona is one of the most scenic places in the world, and for a day, you get to explore a part of it, prehaps feeling like you're on another planet. 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. You probably also want to bring binoculars so you can see beautiful zoomed-in views of plants and animals you pass.
The adventure starts 20 miles (32 km) outside of Mesa in Arizona's Tonto National Forest, featuring a picturesque shoreline like something from a wallpaper photograph. See soaring canyons so majestic you think you're at the Grand Canyon. See one-of-a-kind animals you won't see anywhere else. An amazing adventure awaits you, and every step of the way will be narrated so you don't get lost.
You are headed fo Saguaro Lake, which is nestled in Tonto National Forest, and is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Beautiful Saguaro Lake is named after the saguaro cacti that surround the lake's 22 miles (35 km) of picturesque shoreline. At the Saguaro Lake Marina, board the Desert Belle, a restored 1964 cruise ship. Get set for your 90-minute ride by making sure you stake out a prime viewing spot inside the air-conditioned cabin or beneath the upper deck's shaded canopy where you can view expansive views and indigenous flora and fauna. Enjoy the sights of Arizona's dramatic desert and soaring canyons formed by geological forces. Spot cacti, mesquite and prickly pear plants sprinkled throughout the landscape. Look 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 enjoy live music by local Arizonan bands while relaxing with a beverage. Beverage available for purchase include beer, wine and soft drinks from the concession stand on board the Desert Belle. An optional upgrade is available with priority seating, a beverage and popcorn included.
Sit back, and prepare to admire some of Arizona's most iconic plants and wildlife from the comfort of the Desert Belle. This tour is great to include on your vacation. Take it with someone special and enjoy sharing your memories.
Pickup & Return:
- 90-minute sightseeing cruise
- Live commentary by cruise captain
- Priority seating (if Preferred option selected)
- One (1) beverage (if Preferred option selected)
- One (1) popcorn (if Preferred option selected)
Does not include:
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
- 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.
- Children ages 4 and under are complimentary, but if seats are not available, they may need to sit on the lap of a parent or guardian, and their attendance MUST be noted.
- Wheelchair accessible