Friends of the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant - Education, Recreation, and Inspiration
Friends of the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant - Education, Recreation, and Inspiration

Welcome to the Desert Outdoor Center, where every event is elevated from the predictable to the extraordinary!

Situated on a rocky bajadas of Lake Pleasant just 20 minutes outside of Phoenix, the Desert Outdoor Center offers a unique and tranquil location for your special occasion. Whether hosting your event during the day or in the evening, you and your guests will experience a romantic atmosphere that radiates from the beautiful, pristine desert surroundings.   

Unlike any other facility in the Valley, The Desert Outdoor Center adds a unique dimension to your event by offering a setting where nature is integrated into your ceremony.  Surrounded by the flawless beauty of the Sonoran Desert, our native-landscaped outdoor amphitheatre will create the perfect setting for your private wedding ceremony.  Its picturesque views of the adjacent mountains, as well as the lake below, will certainly enhance the lifetime of memories of your special day.

When the time comes for food and music, the spacious multi-purpose room provides an atmosphere of casual elegance, adaptable to your special bridal style.  Adjacent to the reception hall, a large commercial kitchen is the ideal space for any caterer of your choosing.  Later in the evening, away from the city lights, your guests will be able to enjoy the spectacular starry night skies as they relax on the Sunset Terrace.  A comfortable atmosphere, a beautiful view of the lake below, and warm personalized service will make every guest feel like a VIP.

Our professional staff is committed to collaborate with you to ensure that your event is custom-tailored to meet your needs, whether you are hosting a small intimate ceremony or the blow-out reception of the century.  Collaborating with you is our formula for success.  This ensures that your event meets your special criteria, conforms to your budget, conveys your vision and exceeds your expectations.

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If you would like to schedule a tour of our beautiful facility or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Desert Outdoor Center at 602-372-7470 ext. 209.

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