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Saguaro Lake: Our most recommended tours and activities

Phoenix and Mesa: Self-Guided Kayak Trip on Saguaro Lake

1. Phoenix and Mesa: Self-Guided Kayak Trip on Saguaro Lake

Experience the spectacular landscapes of the Tonto National Forest on a self-guided kayaking tour around Saguaro Lake. Paddle through canyons, see beautiful desert scenery, and discover the local flora and native wildlife from a unique perspective. Escape the heat and feel refreshed by one of the most stunning lakes of Arizona. Travel at your own pace, giving you the opportunity to truly take in the picturesque views. Start with an orientation of basic safety and paddling instructions. The “sit-on-top”-style kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver. Before you know it you’ll be paddling below thousand-foot cliffs. Explore the lake's glimmering waters and discover coves and craggy shorelines. Keep your eyes open for the native wildlife native to the Tonto National Forest.

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

2. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

Paddle through gorgeous Saguaro Lake on a kayak with this guided desert tour. Enjoy hours on the water with your experienced guide, splashing, relaxing, and viewing unique wildlife. The lake is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife.   Kayaking in Arizona is a unique experience, which offers you the chance to see desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles. Take time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora, only found in this distinctive ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction. This tour is available for individuals and groups, and is perfect for paddlers of all experience levels.

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

3. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

Experience the Sonoran Desert from a thrilling new perspective on a stand up paddleboard. Paddle through the gorgeous Saguaro Lake or Lower Salt River, taking in valuable insight into the ecosystem that is sustained by these indispensable desert oases. Maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or a bighorn sheep, which are among the many distinctive species found within this one-of-a-kind environment. Stand up paddleboarding is a perfect activity for the whole family, and your professional guide will spend some time at the start of the tour teaching the proper techniques. Geared up with a provided life jacket, snacks, and bottled water, appreciate the mountain peaks that surround you as you drift along, flanked by giant saguaro cactuses and desert foliage unique to this region. And be sure to splash around and have some fun while you’re at it.

Phoenix: Lake Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Tour

4. Phoenix: Lake Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Tour

Enjoy a fun and relaxing tour on Saguaro Lake, situated between the rugged Superstition Mountains and the towering Four Peaks. Try your hand at either paddling an inflatable kayak or balancing and manoeuvring a stand-up paddle board. The lake is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife.  Take the time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora unique to this ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction. Spot many importance species of wildlife in this diverse desert reservoir, such as bald eagles, desert bighorn sheep, and numerous examples of reptiles and amphibians. As a foraging area of the famous Salt River horses, you can marvel at these beautiful animals as they graze along the shore. This tour is suitable for all ages and ability levels. The inflatable kayaks are stable and easy to manoeuvre, creating the perfect platform for splashing, relaxing, or wildlife viewing. The SUPs offer a more playful technique, and even if you have no prior experience, you'll learn to balance, kneel, or stand on the board within no time. You may opt to trade watercraft with your fellow paddlers mid-tour, or stick with one discipline.

Mesa: Panoramic Flight over Fountain Hills and Four Peeks

5. Mesa: Panoramic Flight over Fountain Hills and Four Peeks

Take in the views of the Verde Valley from above on a sightseeing flight from Mesa. Listen to insightful commentary as you admire the highlights, including the McDowell Mountains and Four Peaks. On arrival, meet your pilot and listen to a pre-flight safety briefing. Then, pick up your aviation headset and board the aircraft. Depart the historic Falcon Field airport and head north to begin your adventure. Fly past the beautiful and unique Red Mountain. Soar over Fountain Hills, one of the largest fountains in the world, and along the McDowell Mountains. During the flight, enjoy commentary about the sights and region. Feel free to ask your pilot as many questions as you’d like. See Bartlett Dam and the lake as you turn back to the south. Follow the Mazatzal Mountains and get a bird’s-eye view of Four Peaks and the scenic Tonto National Forest. Finally, fly over Saguaro Lake and the Salt River before returning to Falcon Field.

Mesa: Panoramic Flight over the Superstition Mountains

6. Mesa: Panoramic Flight over the Superstition Mountains

Take in the views of the Superstition Mountains from above on a sightseeing flight from Mesa. Listen to insightful commentary as you admire the highlights, including Saguaro Lake and Red Mountain. On arrival, meet your pilot and listen to a pre-flight safety briefing. Then, pick up your aviation headset and board the aircraft. Depart the historic Falcon Field airport and head east past the beautiful and unique Red Mountain. Follow the Salt River towards Saguaro Lake. During the flight, enjoy commentary about the sights and region. Feel free to ask your pilot as many questions as you’d like. Fly past Weavers Needle and over the fabled and notorious Lost Dutchman Mine. Head back to the west and get a bird’s-eye view of the Superstition Mountains. Head back towards Falcon Field via Apache Junction and the Apache Trail.

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What people are saying about Saguaro Lake

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Great trip. Beautiful and tranquil day on the river. Had a great intro before we paddled, and the river was easy to navigate even as a beginners. Would do it again.

Well the day turned windy and rainy and cold for Arizona but I had a great time. I will do this again and take some of my relatives with me.