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.