Phoenix
3 Hour Butcher Jones Paddle

Canyon & Cliffside Kayaking on Saguaro Lake

Phoenix, USA
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in Arizona’s natural landscape on a self-guided kayak rental through Saguaro Lake. Booking a rental allows you to explore at your own pace and linger at locations with the best views of the river and wildlife. In addition to free parking, the tour includes a kayaking and safety orientation for all skill levels.
  • Self-guided: Explore at your own pace
  • Lakeside views rarely seen by visitors
  • All experience levels welcome: Kayak tutorial included
  • Complimentary parking pass

What's Included

  • Single sit on top Kayak (NO doubles) or Paddleboard, Life Jacket, Paddle
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 13020 N Bush Hwy, Mesa, AZ 85215, USA

    Arrive 15 minutes or more prior to your start time at Saguaro Lake Ranch for check-in to verify waivers signed, receive a ranch parking pass, prepare belongings, receive safety orientation and navigation guidance.

Start time

01:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Maximum weight is 275 lbs
  • No double/tandem kayaks available
  • Dress to be in the heat/cold and to get wet!
  • Participant must be comfortable with an unguided water excursion
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Reviews

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Great day on the lake
Danielle_D, Mar 2024
Relaxing day kayaking on this gorgeous lake. Guides gave the necessary basic instructions and then set us free on the lake. Enjoyed this excursion. Kayaks were in good shape and guides were helpful getting kayaks in and out of the lake.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for your review and the rating! We hope we get the chance to see you back for more fun in the desert sun.
Great experience!
Sarah_C, Mar 2024
What a great experience! The lake was far more beautiful than I was expecting and the company seemed to have this down to a science. One thing to note- the Ranch will drive you to and from the lake, the kayak launch is not right off their property. In total the travel time/ loading and unloading takes about an additional hour. You are not able to leave early, so keep that in mind if you have a tight schedule!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for the review and the rating! We appreciate you coming out to enjoy kayaking here with us and the tips. Hope to see you again soon.
Best trip ever!
jacob_s, Feb 2024
The sceneries are so beautiful. Didn’t believe that’s in real life!!! The service was also pretty good!!!!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for coming out to enjoy the beauties of the ranch. We appreciate your review and the rating and we hope to see you back for more adventures.
Quiet and Calm (with a Workout!)
Alan_Z, Jan 2024
Excellent workout! It was raining when I went. Wish I had a poncho. It was still an amazing experience regardless. The best part was how quiet it was (save for the occasional speedboat coming by).
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Out here at the ranch, we don't call it rain; we call it liquid sunshine! ;) We are so happy you could have such a memorable time while being out on the water. We greatly appreciate your review and the rating, and we hope to see you back for more adventures!
Freakin epic
Alexander_B, Nov 2023
The memories with my partner and the muscles that were sore the day after. : ) Sincerely, King Kayak
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for coming out to enjoy kayaking the beautiful Saguaro Lake. We appreciate your review and the rating and we hope to get to see you back soon!
It was a relaxing fun...
michealla_s, Apr 2023
It was a relaxing fun experience in wonderful weather !!! The staff was amazing and provided everything we needed
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for coming out to enjoy a kayak trip down the Salt River. Thank you for your review and the rating. We look forward to seeing you here another time in the future!
Fun experience
Waristha_B, Apr 2023
Super easy to book, check in, and enjoy the experience. We are beginners and this is definitely for us. Staff is super friendly and informative. I would go back!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for coming out to try kayaking on the Lake with us! So glad it was a fun and enjoyable trip for you! We appreciate your review and the rating and hope to see you out here again.
A quick kayak turnaround
Marcella_G, Apr 2023
The experience was very organized, the budget was perfect, and the guides were helpful in giving us insight of the lake.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you so much for your review and rating! We are happy to hear that your kayak trip met your expectations. We hope to see you again soon!
The staff were very...
Christa_H, Apr 2023
The staff were very friendly and sights beautiful! It was a wonderful day on the water for our teens.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for coming to spend time with the family on the Saguaro Lake with us. We appreciate your review and the rating and we hope we get the chance to see you here again soon!
Beautiful morning experience
Karen_K, Mar 2023
We had a wonderful experience with canyon and cliffside kayaking. They pick you up at the ranch and drive you to the lake, give you a brief explanation of the lake and tips on kayaking and then ask you return in two hours. It was an excellent way to spend our morning, the lake was beautiful and the people were great.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for coming out to spend some time with us on the Saguaro Lake. We appreciate the review and rating! Hope to see you out here again.
We had a great experience...
Alicia_W, Mar 2023
We had a great experience kayaking. All of the employees were extremely friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend this activity!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for coming out to enjoy the Saguaro Lake with us! We appreciate your review and the rating and look forward to you coming out again.
Beautiful scenery and...
Julia_W, Mar 2023
Beautiful scenery and very friendly and helpful staff. It was a bit of work but once you kayaked over to cliffs it was stunning and well worth it.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We appreciate the review and the rating and are so happy you had a good time while out here with us.
Great Kayaking
Angie_J, Mar 2023
Great experience from arrival to departure. Employees are all friendly and helpful-appear to really enjoy their jobs. The kayaking was fun. Nice durable kayaks. Highly recommend going to Willow Creek worth the 2 hour paddle to and from. Beautiful scenery. Lake can be busy with large boats-recommend earlier your time.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for your review and the rating! Happy to hear you could explore the beauties of Saguaro Lake. Thank you for coming out and we hope to see you here again!
Great chill out lake to kayak
Risa, Mar 2023
Great service by the ranch. We went to the ranch to get on the van to the lake. There is a restroom and water refill stations also a vending machine. Once we get to the lake. Staff went over how to kayak and pointed out a few locations to check out in the lake and helped us take off. Pick up was smoothly done also. Lake is pretty and a chill place to hang out. Overall a good experience.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you so much for coming to spend some time on Saguaro Lake with us. We appreciate your review and the rating and thank you for picking the ranch for your kayaking fun.
Absolutely beautiful!
Julie_M, Mar 2023
It is one of the most beautiful parts of Arizona! Well worth your time and money! We made some fabulous memories!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Happy to hear you made some beautiful memories while out here. We appreciate your review and rating and thank you for spending some time here to have some desert fun with us.
Great Day
Steve_H, Mar 2023
Incredible views of hidden treasure. We wish we would have had a little more time, but perhaps there are extended tours. Only drawback was boat traffic, but certainly not the fault of operators. They were incredibly professional and everythig was first rate. Lake Kayaking is different than river kayaking, so the boat traffic was out of anyone's control, but made the experience less enjoyable than perhaps a river tour in the same incredible part of Arizona.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for coming out and enjoying the Saguaro Lake kayaking with us. The traffic on the lake can get pretty busy and we appreciate your understanding that it isn't through our company, the weather is just getting nicer and everyone is wanting some fun on the water. Thanks for the 5 star rating and review. We look forward to seeing you here another time, hopefully when river season starts back up.
Excellent adventure with the family!
Ashley_H, Mar 2023
The kayaking experience was amazing for our family of 4. It was a fun day on the lake with great views all around us! I would recommend this to everyone and will for sure be back to go on the river kayaking trip in the summer months!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for brining the family out for some kayaking adventures! We look forward to seeing y'all back soon! Thanks for the review and the rating.
Beautiful scenery!
Mary_C, Mar 2023
Very relaxing, at your own pace kayaking. The scenery was beautiful! Guides were great. I can't wait until the river tour opens.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Neither can we! We hope to see you here many times for those river trips. Thank you for the review and the rating! We appreciate you.
Such a fun activity!
Jonathan_P, Dec 2022
Great experience! Cool kayaking trip but be careful how far you go out since its a pain to paddle back in. The team was super friendly and professional! Would definitely go again.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thanks for the review and rating! We appreciate you coming to kayak here with us. We hope to see you here again.
Lovely experience.
Melissa_S, Apr 2022
Coming around a small island and seeing a wild horse standing in the river. Beautiful! Very relaxing and easy river to navigate.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for the 5 stars and review and what a treat getting to see the wild horses! We hope to see you here again another time.

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