We just returned from yet another fun and memorable vacation to Tanque Verde Ranch. The setting is amazing and the programming can keep you busy from morning until night - riding, biking, tennis, hiking, fishing, evening lectures and cookouts.
For us the highlights are all the outdoor activities - the horseback riding and the biking especially. We are not riders the rest of the year, but enjoy the trail rides and the lessons and simply watching the horses in the corral. The wranglers are friendly, good riding teachers, and lead entertaining trail rides (if you are lucky enough to ride near the front of the line, many of the wranglers can tell you about the flora and fauna of the dessert). Cattle penning is also a blast! While my husband enjoys the horses, he especially enjoys the challenge of mountain biking through the cactus (I haven't tried that yet).
Another nice aspect of the ranch is getting to know the other guests (if you want to). At dinner you have the option of sitting at a communal table or on your own. We enjoyed the communal table as it gave us a chance to meet some really interesting people from different parts of the country as well as Europe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tanque Verde Ranch Resort was named "Best Dude Ranch in Arizona" by Dude Republic in 2012, as well as a "Top Ten Family Resort" by the Travel Channel since 2007, and a "Top Five Ranch" by Conde Nast in 2008. Tanque Verde Ranch is one of America’s old time cattle and guest ranches. Located on 60,000 acres of Tucson’s most breathtaking desert landscapes, nestled amongst the Rincon Mountains and adjacent to Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest. Established in 1868, the superb guest ranch is recognized as the last luxurious outpost of the old west providing guests with plush accommodations, unparalleled amenities and a vast array of exciting activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing and hiking. La Sonora Spa is the perfect place for a bit of quiet relaxation, and the kids will love all the supervised children's programs! Don't hesitate – getaway at one of the premier, all-inclusive dude ranches in the country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tanque Verde Ranch Hotel Tucson