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Desert Belle Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake

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    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 1 week ago

    My husband and I were looking for activities to do during the hottest part of the day since we were visiting in August. A little bit of Google searching lead me to this, and we were not disappointed! It was so relaxing with truly beautiful...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank mmequiche
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We had a great time on the Desert Belle. The captain was very knowledgeable and the views on Lake Saguaro were beautiful!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Margv123
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Had a great time with family from Indiana! So glad we finally took the time to make the short trip from Phoenix.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Renee K
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Very informative cruise guide learned a lot about the area and cactus recommend for any age ! Old or young you will enjoy this cruise !

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Gail614
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    I found this cruise on TripAdvisor and it was a fun experience! It was non expensive, I enjoyed the ride and the scenery! Highly recommend!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Departure531022
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    406jaynev
    13 August 2019|
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    Response from ColJRC |
    Probably only booking that far in advance. The high season in Phoenix is in the winter. Keep an eye out for bookings to open.
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    ToniAZ
    21 July 2019|
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    Response from Saskgal64 | Reviewed this property |
    Hard to say. Only you know your children. You have to remain seated
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    24 March 2019|
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    Response from TravelingFeather | Reviewed this property |
    Yes, it is wheelchair accessible, and we saw many people using the ramp as well.
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