Arizona's Best Kept Secret

The Desert Belle is a locally owned 145 passenger, two level boat. It has a partial lower level air-conditioned section and includes two bathrooms and a snack bar.


Originally launched in 1964, the Desert Belle has been cruising the waters of Saguaro Lake for over fifty years. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on one of her 90 minute narrated public cruises and see exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls, and dramatic desert vistas. The perfect spot to bring out-of-town guests. Private cruises are also available for an unforgettable wedding, birthday, anniversary, or office party. Whatever you choose, The Desert Belle is a unique way to enjoy all the beauty that Arizona has to offer.

Saguaro Lake is located within the Tonto National Forest, just 20 minutes from Mesa, Arizona. Experience the magnificence of both desert beauty and natural wildlife of one of the Valley’s hidden treasures, spectacular Saguaro Lake.

Witness the flora and fauna first-hand, as you navigate pristine Sonoran desert canyons. Watch birds of prey soaring high on desert thermals as you photograph breath-taking desert vistas.

Our Narration Cruises are entertaining as well educational for nature lovers of all ages!

Along the way, we’ll see:

  • Geological Formations – The beauty created by wind and water over millions of years on the desert landscape
  • Flora – Prickly pear, barrel, jumping cholla and majestic Saguaro cacti, mesquite, ironwood and Arizona’s state tree, the Palo Verde
  • Desert fauna – Both predators and prey, including ring-tailed cats, bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, javalina, bighorn sheep and deer
  • Avian Species – Vultures, falcons, eagles, hawks and many others to catch your eye


For more information on our public and private tours, click on the links below.