We spent a long weekend here in late February. Located in the Tonto National Forest, below the dam that creates Lake Saguaro, the property has a lodge as well as cabins near the Salt River. We stayed in a cabin surrounded by a large saguaro cactus inhabited by a woodpecker. The grounds are full of desert plants and are well maintained. The cabin is basic but comfortable with plenty of hot water. You feel way farther than the 30 minutes from Phoenix. We went on two morning horseback rides and the stables (separately operated but just next door, a pleasant stroll from our cabin) was well run and the horses were well tended, still in their woolly winter coats. Because it is next to a river, there is an abundance of bird life here, with herons and ducks on the water and woodpeckers and tanagers on the grounds. Sitting by the river as sunset approaches, you are treated to a spectacular show as the cliffs behind the ranch are lit by the setting sun.
The management was very welcoming and the breakfasts were hot and abundant. The only real drawback was that there was a fair drive to a nearby town for restaurants, (other than the marina restaurant that is on the lake, you drive 20-25 minutes to Fountain Hills).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the Tonto National Forest along the banks of the Salt River, this historic guest ranch boasts rustic 26 cabins. An outdoor pool offers views of the Goldfield Mountain Range.Featuring traditional Western décor, each cabin comes with a private bathroom. With no TVs or phones, all cottages offer a place to kick back and relax.Guests are welcomed in the main lodge complete with a stone fireplace and wagon wheel lights. Breakfast is served in the dining room featuring a real Saguaro skeleton.Guided horseback riding is available from mid-October to early May. Kayaking and river tubing are available from May to October. Hiking and bird watching are available year round.Saguaro Lake Ranch is located 15 miles from Mesa in the Tonto National Forest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saguaro Lake Ranch Hotel Mesa
- Saguaro Lake Hotel