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Saguaro Lake: Our most recommended tours and activities

Phoenix & Mesa: 4.5-Hour Kayaking Trip to Granite Reef

1. Phoenix & Mesa: 4.5-Hour Kayaking Trip to Granite Reef

What better way to beat the Arizona heat than in the cool waters of the Lower Salt River? Kayak out into the beautiful wilderness of the Tonto National Forest. Keep your eyes peeled for native, desert wildlife. On the Granite Reef float, you'll witness the confluence of the Salt and Verde Rivers and the majestic Red Mountain. The sit-on-top kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver; after a 15-minute orientation, even beginners will feel safe and comfortable in the water. This self-guided float is the most convenient way to kayak the Lower Salt River. Park your car at Saguaro Lake Ranch — no Tonto Pass required — and launch from a private kayak beach. Enjoy the 4.5-hour float. At the end of the route, staff will be waiting to gather the kayaks as you board an air-conditioned van and return to the ranch.

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.

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What people are saying about Saguaro Lake

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 20 reviews

This activity was amazing. We were lucky to have the weather we did. The entire route was manageable using the easy to understand maneuvering instructions the knowledge guides provided. They promised we’d see wild horses and low and behold, a packed of about eight of them crossed the river as soon as my and my guest ended at the pick up location. They were not at all concerned with us. It was spectacular to see them in their natural habitat doing what they do.

Took my 12 year old granddaughter on the 7:30 trip. Great location at the base of the dam after driving through picturesque Saguaro Ranch Lodge. The check in was very easy. A quick instruction session on on your way. The trip is more of a float trip, with some paddling. This was my granddaughter's first attempt at kayaking and she did fine. We saw vultures, ducks, egrets, and wild horses. A great first trip.

Relaxing and beautiful ride! We saw several horses and enjoyed the views along the way. Staff was also warm and welcoming. So happy we booked this adventure!

Amazing experience. Budget-friendly and well worth every penny. The views were amazing and the staff were very kind and helpful.

Extremely friendly, courteous, professional service and the event itself was so much fun! Thank you for being so accommodating.