Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch


Established in 1930, Saguaro Lake Ranch is an historic oasis in the Tonto National Forest. The ranch lies along the Lower Salt River just below the ten-mile-long Saguaro Lake, in the shadow of the scenic Goldfield Mountains.

The main ranch house has a wide porch overlooking a shaded lawn with a full view of the imposing Bulldog cliffs. In its early days, the lodge functioned as the mess hall, ice house, and commissary for the construction crew who lived on the site while building the Stewart Mountain Dam from 1927 to 1930.

The central feature of our dining room is a giant saguaro cactus skeleton which used to stand at the bottom of Saguaro Lake. Seating for 60 is available at tables of four to ten surrounding the cactus. Look closely and you’ll also notice a hand-crafted slate rock fireplace with a built-in old-fashioned bread warmer.

New this year:  Weekly Dinner Under the Stars
Reserve your date for a truly unique dining experience at Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch. We are offering a Prix Fixe Dinner menu open to the public. Thursday night dinners in the historic lodge will include appetizer & 3-course meal. Saturday nights will be our Cowboy Cookout including steaks off the grill and S'mores around the campfire. Come early for happy hour and watch our beautiful Arizona sunset.
Limited seating & advance reservations required. Call to reserve your evening of dining near the Salt River and the beautiful Bulldog Cliffs. Plus take advantage of our Special Lodging Rate for staying overnight at the ranch!
Reservations: $35 Adult / $20 Youth (ages 5-12) / Free 4 & under

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20% Off Summer Stay & Splash Special

May 28, 2019 - August 27, 2019

There is no better way to escape the summer heat and enjoy the cool water than to go kayaking or tubing on the Lower Salt River.  You will marvel at the thousand-foot cliffs, majestic saguaros and the beautiful wilderness that is the Tonto National Forest.  

Our Summer Splash Special gives you and your guests 20% off to float down the Salt River when you book a night in one of our rustic cabins with a panoramic view of the Sonoran Desert. Use promo code: summersplash to dive into savings.

Advance reservations required, based on availability.