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Frequently Answered Questions

We look forward to welcoming you to our historic Arizona guest ranch in the Tonto National Forest. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us directly at 480-984-2194.


  • What time is check in and check out?
    Check-in is at 3pm. Checkout is 11am.
  • Can I bring a cooler on property?
    Coolers and ice chests are only allowed on the cabin porches and are not to be stored in the cabin as they may leak and soil the floors within the cabins. Coolers and ice chests may be transported around property, however guest-provided alcohol must remain in cabins or on porches at all times.
  • Do you have Wi-Fi?
    Limited Wi-Fi is available at no charge in the Main Lodge. Network connection can be spotty but Starlink is becoming increasingly reliable. Verizon and AT&T cell service tends to be good.
  • Do you provide shuttle service to the local area?
    Saguaro Lake Ranch does not offer any shuttle service to restaurants, airports, lakes, hiking trails, or recreation sites unless otherwise pre-arranged and agreed upon by SLR Management. Should you need a rental car or other means of transportation, we are happy to help you arrange a transfer with a transportation company at the front office or assist with scheduling an Uber or Lyft on your phone.
  • Do you allow pets?
    Pets are NOT permitted on site, unless they are a registered service animal specifically needed for medical reasons. If a service animal is brought on the property, it must remain on leash and under control at all times to protect our horses.
  • Do the cabins have kitchens?
    Our cabins are equipped with a mini-refrigerator and a small microwave, but do not have a kitchen/food preparation/cooking area. There is no cooking/grilling/or live flames allowed on property.
  • Do you allow long term stays?
    Yes, based upon availability. We typically reserve up to two weeks due to group buy-outs several times a month.
  • What is your professional photography policy?
    We welcome you to take personal photos of your experience at the Ranch; however, please note that Professional or Commercial photography of any kind must be approved ahead of time by SLR Management and will incur a Photography Site fee starting at $150 + tax. No Music Videos, Drones, Engagement Photos, Bridal Photos, Elopements, Etc. may be taken without prior consent of Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch.
  • Can you tent/rv camp here?
    No, there are no camping/RV facilities on site.
  • How many cabins do you have?
    We have 20 unique historic rustic cabins.
  • How many guests can you accommodate at once?
    We have 20 individual cabins with various sleeping arrangements that can accommodate from 1 to 6 guests. We also offer the options to book the entire ranch for special events, i.e. Weddings, Family Reunions, Corporate Retreats. The maximum number of guests will depend on the type of event, and will need to be pre-arranged with our event manager. Click here for more information and to fill out an inquiry form.
  • Do you serve lunch?
    Depending on the time of year, we may offer lunch to our lodging guests. If not, we do offer our guests pre-order lunch boxes. Simply fill out an order form and turn it in to the front desk sometime before 11 am the day you would like to pick up your order.
  • What do guests do for dinner at the ranch?
    Depending on the time of year, we may offer dinners to our lodging guests. Our seasonal cookout dinners held frequently on Saturday and Sunday evenings are also open to the public. There are off-site dining options as well including Shiprock Restaurant just 1 mile away at Saguaro Lake. They have limited hours so make sure to give them a call ahead of time. Additionally, ask our friendly staff for other off-site dining recommendations.
  • Can guests grill out at the ranch?
    Due to health code restrictions no cooking is permitted on-site. This includes outdoor grills/indoor crockpots, etc. You are welcome to bring prepared food that can be served cold or heated in a microwave.
  • How do I make horseback riding reservations?
    For some activities, you may be able to book online but for groups (20 person minimum) or to book an activity by phone, please call our Stables at 480-984-0335. Groups are welcome at Saguaro Lake Ranch for kayaking, horseback riding and more.
  • Can I bring a cooler with alcoholic drinks on my river trip?
    Bringing your own alcohol onto our launching site is prohibited by Arizona state liquor law regulating its licensees. Glass containers of any kind are also prohibited per Tonto National Forest regulations.
  • Can I launch my own watercraft from Saguaro Lake Ranch?
    Yes, you may launch your own watercraft from 7am - 11:30am only after you check-in with the ranch to receive a wristband and parking pass. There is a $15 (plus tax) launch fee. No shuttle is provided and no private tubes or rafts may be launched from the ranch. There is a limited number of launches available per day and all parked vehicles must be off-property by 5pm. The launch fee includes parking for one vehicle.
  • What are your pool hours?
    The ranch outdoor pool is available to all guests until 10pm daily. Please note there is no lifeguard on duty.
  • How old do you have to be for horseback riding?
    To embark on a horseback trail ride at the ranch, guests must be at least 7 years of age. Advanced reservations are required. Please call our Stables at (480) 984-0335 to make reservations or book online here.
  • Is the pool heated?
    Yes, during the cooler months our pool is heated.
  • Can you bring pool toys when staying at the ranch?
    Yes, as long as they are not too large and are not bothersome to other guests.
  • When kayaking or tubing at the ranch, can we have a picnic there?
    You are welcome to bring a lunch or some snacks and enjoy the lawn area when you are done kayaking/tubing. There is a 1-hour limit for picnicking on the lawn.
  • How do I make kayaking reservations?
    Please visit the Kayaking tab at the top of our website. This will guide you and provide you with all the seasonal offerings and ways we can make your kayaking adventure memorable. Or, you can call the ranch directly and one of our friendly team members will can assist you.
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