The Grand Canyon State and the Metro Phoenix area where we are located has so much to offer visitors that it’s difficult to know where to start! If you’re planning an Arizona vacation and a stay at Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch, here are a few highlights and attractions in the area if you choose to venture off the property.
We’ve split the various attractions by drive time; use the tabs below to explore those on our doorstep, in the neighborhood, and those just a little farther away.
On Our Doorstep
In The Neighborhood
- Canyon Lake – More than 28 miles of cactus-dotted shoreline, and rugged mountain views, boat rental, restaurant, along the Apache Trail.
- The Apache Trail and Chain of Lakes – One of the best scenic drives in Arizona, the partially-paved 48-mile road snakes along a chain of 3 man-made lakes on the Salt River – Canyon, Apache, and Roosevelt lakes. Allow three to four hours for the loop.
- Tortilla Flat – An old stagecoach stop, restaurant, and gift shop on the Apache Trail just past Canyon Lake.
- Desert Dog Tours – 4X4 desert adventures in Hummers complete with air-conditioning, exterior roll cage, and multiple roof-mounted spotlights.
- Superstition Mountain Wilderness – Site of the legendary Lost Dutchman gold mine with excellent hiking trails, beautiful spring wildflowers, and wonderful views.
- Superstition Mountain Museum – Mining, geology, and American Indian exhibits.
- Goldfield Ghost Town – Site of the Mammoth Gold Mine, tours, gold-panning, gunfights and narrow gauge train.
- Ft. McDowell Casino – Fountain Hills
- Fountain Hills Fountain – Once the world’s largest fountain
Within 60 - 90 Minutes
- If you’re a sports fan we have the Arizona Cardinals (and Super Bowl XLIX in 2015), the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Coyotes, and ASU all within an hour’s drive of the Ranch. We also have museums, festivals, music venues, award winning restaurants and bars in Phoenix and Scottsdale, less than 60 minutes from our door.
- Dozens of golf courses including Wekopa, Cholla, Troon, Eagle Mountain, Gold Canyon, Las Sendas, Dinosaur…
- Casa Grande Indian Ruins – Ruins of the “Great House” of the Hohokam people; for more than 650 years the Casa Grande has stood as a meeting place and landmark. One of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in America
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. Built in 1937 as his personal home, studio and architectural campus.
- Scottsdale Downtown – Finest urban center in Arizona with 80 fine art galleries, specialty retail, dining, McDowell Mountain Preserve.
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum – Arizona State Park, 3200 desert plant species along 2 miles of trails. Butterfly and hummingbird gardens.
- Heard Museum – Native American artwork, pottery, textiles, and jewelry.
- The Palms Dinner Theatre – The Palms Theatre in Mesa is the newest member of The Prather Entertainment Group – known as “Mesa’s Most Entertaining Destination.”
- Arizona State University in Tempe – Arizona’s largest public university; Gammage Theater, Mill Avenue shopping, dining & nightlife, Tempe Town Lake.
- Carefree –The town of Carefree, settled in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert amid lush terrain and ancient boulders, offers refuge from the larger cities to the south.
- Fort McDowell Casino – Slots, keno, blackjack, bingo, dining & entertainment.
- Phoenix Zoo – Voted one of America’s top 5 zoos for kids
- Desert Botanical Garden – Dedicated to conserving the desert’s unique plant life. Exhibits. tours, Chihuly sculpture, special events.
- Mayo Clinic – Mayo Clinic in Arizona provides medical care for thousands of people from the United States and around the world each year.
- Mesa Mormon temple – First temple built in Arizona. Largest annual outdoor Easter pageant in the world. Nativity display with thousands of lights at Christmas.
- Pueblo Grande Indian Ruins and Museum – Site of a 1,500 year old Hohokam village ruin just minutes from Sky Harbor airport.
- Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix’s newest museum. Travel the world through the magic of music.
- Commemorative Air Force Museum – Home of the B-17G “Sentimental Journey”. Historic aircraft exhibits, war bird rides.
- Phoenix Art Museum – A vibrant destination for more than 50 years with vast collections of art that spans the centuries and the globe.
- Arizona Science Center – A rich history of exploration, innovation & collaboration. The Center serves over a half million guests each year, including 140,000 school children.
Within 2-3 Hours
- Tonto National Monument – Well-preserved cliff dwellings dating from the 13th-15th centuries. Museum, video, hike to lower or upper cliff dwellings.
- Tucson – Second largest city in Arizona, 118 miles south of Phoenix surrounded by mountains in every direction. Home to the University of Arizona Wildcats.
- Biosphere 2 – Built in 1986 to research and develop self-sustaining space colonization technology. Tours daily.
- Pima Air Museum – One of the world’s largest aerospace museums, known for its significant collection of 300+ commercial, private/civil and military planes.
- Sonoran Desert Museum – World renowned zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden, west of Tucson.
- Old Tucson Movie Studios-Old Tucson is the premier attraction in the Southwest to experience what life in Old West was really like.
- Sedona – Picturesque city with enchanting red rock formations surrounded by national forest. Jeep trips, hiking, shopping, resorts.
- Oak Creek Canyon – Scenic river gorge along the Mogollon Rim between Sedona and Flagstaff. Slide Rock State Park.
- Flagstaff – Home of Northern Arizona University, Lowell Observatory, just south of Arizona’s highest peak, Mt. Humphreys (12,633’). Famous Route 66 runs through town.
- Arizona Snow Bowl – One of the oldest, continually run ski areas (1938) in the U.S. Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, 14 miles outside of Flagstaff.
- Jerome – Historic copper mining town located between Prescott and Flagstaff, on top of 5,200′ Cleopatra Hill. Shopping, dining.
- Prescott – Mile high hamlet in Arizona’s central highlands. First capital of Arizona Territory. Historic districts, art galleries, Prescott National Forest, horse country.
- Grand Canyon – One of the seven natural wonders of the world and Arizona’s premier tourist destination. One mile deep, up to 18 miles wide and 227 river miles long.
- Lake Powell– Ultimate playground with 2,000 miles of shoreline and magnificent scenery. House boating, resorts, guided expeditions.
- Canyon de Chelley National Monument – One of the longest continually inhabited landscapes of North America located entirely on Navajo Trust land. Ruins, spectacular rock formations, hiking, jeep trips.
- Tombstone – Historic frontier boomtown & largest productive silver district in Arizona. Famous for Wyatt Earp, the Earp brothers and the Gunfight at the OK Corral.
- Meteor Crater – Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site. Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep.
Annual Phoenix Events
- Fiesta Bowl – The Fiesta Bowl has hosted seven national championship games and has become an integral part of college football’s postseason. January.
- Parada Del Sol Rodeo and Parade – February/March.
- Arabian Horse Show – Since 1955 the Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. February.
- Barrett Jackson Car Auction – Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, Barrett-Jackson is the world’s leading collector car auction and automotive lifestyle event. January.
- Cactus League Spring Training– 15 teams train in metro Phoenix; the largest concentration of professional baseball facilities in the U.S; most within an hour of the ranch. March.
- NASCAR Racing – The NASCAR Nationwide Series & Sprint Cup Series come to Phoenix International Raceway in November.
- Country Thunder – A weekend-long, annual country music festival held in Florence, AZ, every April.
- The Arizona Renaissance Festival – One of the largest of the Renaissance events in the nation in a giant, costumed fantasy village. February/March.
Professional Sports Teams
If you would like to learn more about the huge number of things you can do in the area before you make your reservation, please don’t hesitate to call the ranch at 480-984-2194.