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Desert Belle Cruises Mesa

Where is it at?

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Desert Belle Cruises
14011 North Bush Highway
Tonto National Forest
Tel: 480 984-2425


From Mesa, take Bush Hwy (Power Road) about 13 miles from the 202 to the Marina. The entrance will be on your right between mile markets 33 and 32. After the Saguaro Ranch, turn right onto Saguaro Lake Road and there is free parking near the restaurant!

If you are using GPS, use 14011 N Bush Hwy in Mesa, 85215. This will get you to the vicinity be just check directions as it might not get you to the entrance.

Where are we going today?

The heat of the desert getting too much for those little ones? Desert Belle Cruises offer a solution - the water!

Cruising is a great way for kids to see a new side to the desert, and experience some of the flora and fauna that you wouldn't otherwise see!

Once at Saguaro Lake Marina, you will set sail across the lake for a beautiful, relaxing (and most importantly shady!) trip together.

The lower deck of the boat is air conditioned, and offers large windows so you won't miss out on any of the beautiful sights. They have seating and also offer food!

If you want to feel the breeze on your face, head on up to the upper deck which have incredible panoramic views, which you can enjoy from under their protective canopy (no need to worry about that hot Arizona sun!) 

Over the 90 minutes, you will hear all about the fascinating geology and geography from your very informative coastguard captain. You might even spot some of the incredible wildlife which call the area home! Try and see how many Big Horn Sheep you can spot, or even those iconic Bald Eagles - there are a pair that roam the area so you need to keep a sharp eye out!

Don't just think there is the 90 minute narrated cruise to pick from! Of course not - this is Desert Belle!

There are also musical inspired cruises, as well as special event cruises across the year. For example the Desert By Night cruises which really show the desert in a whole new light - moonlight!

Fancy celebrating your birthday out on the water? Then why not hold it on one of the Desert Belle Cruises!? They would be more than happy to chat to you about a private charter so your child and their friends can all celebrate that special day in a very memorable way!

All board! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$20 public cruise
  • Children$12 (ages 5 - 12)
  • Free Under: 4

When can we go?

Departure times vary on months so check before you book

I'm Hungry!

On the public cruises they have water, soda and alcohol for adults available. .

Any Top Tips?

Credit or debit cards are not accepted on the boat so make sure you grab some cash out! .

Need a little extra help?

The boats are handicap accessible so no need to worry! .

More information

Kids under 4 are free, but just make sure you indicate the number of non-paying children's you are bringing when you purchase the other tickets. .

What people are saying?

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    Had been twice to desert belle with my family and cousins and we thoroughly enjoyed it. nice location and some of the view points are beautiful. Nice cruise experience in the desert region for a reasonable price. I would recommend for family, kids and even 55+ age people.

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    Great staff, everyone is professional. My kids love going and will be visiting soon.

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    Well worth the time. Will be doing this again.

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