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Tanque Verde Ranch
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   14301 East Speedway Road, Tucson, AZ 85748   |  
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Ranked #15 of 127 hotels in Tucson
Cambridge, Massachusetts
1 review
“We always have a great time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

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.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TanqueVerde, General Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, June 15, 2011
Thanks for your comments! Our mountain biking program has really grown over the years, quite a few guests come specifically for that now! And one of the most rewarding parts for everyone on our team is to see guests that come to the ranch at the same time each year, to re-connect with each other! The comraderie is fun to watch happen, and many guests stay in touch all year long after meeting here initially.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

My family and I were searching for another great adventure after our first vacation last year, and we stumbled upon Tanque Verde. It exceeded our expectations. The staff were wonderful...the kids program was great...and the resort & riding was top notch. My wife and I needed extra hand holding when it came to trying to figure out how and if the kids program could dovetail into some of the other trail rides, but once we figured it out, we were amazed at how seamless it all was.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

If you are not coming for an intensely horseback experience in the Sonora Desert, you may be disappointed. While the wranglers and stable facilities are top notch (unless you are somewhat atypical - more on this later), the other ranch service and programming is a B minus at best. I heard a lot of "I'm sorry" from the staff to explain shortcomings that should not have been there. Sorry - we are out of towels; sorry - biking is canceled today; sorry, no all-day ride while you are here; sorry - we can't seat you here because we want to space out our servers and on and on.

Make no mistake. This is not a luxury property with nuanced service. You are paying for the opportunity to ride horses all day long in the Desert. If that sounds intriguing, go for it. If that is not your cup of tea, the rest of the offering will not justify your outlay.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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TanqueVerde, General Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, May 1, 2011
Thanks for your thoughts on your vacation here at Tanque Verde! We make every effort to move "specialty" rides around when possible, such as the mt adventure ride, but unfortunately there are times when it is not possible to add or move a ride because other guests have made a plan already according to the defined schedule that we put out at the beginning of the week. We did have some challenges in our mt biking dept the week you were here, and we have since resolved them. I take full responsiblity for the mt biking day where we had to cover the ride last minute, it was not perfect from the guest persepctive, as you rightly point out. We are just reviewing our "season" now, and will celebrate the successes, and work to improve in areas where we have room for improvement. As always, guests comments such as yours will lead the way in helping us identify areas where we are succeeding or need improvement, so thank you for your feedback, and thanks for coming to visit!
Sincerely,
Gus
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2011

Tanque Verde Ranch is a truly great holiday experience for those who like horse riding and those who dont. Ideal for family groups from age 2 to 82. Something for everyone.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TanqueVerde, General Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, May 1, 2011
That is the precise reason we love hosting family reunions! There truly is something for everyone, from trail riding,horsemanship lessons, guided hiking and mt biking, to nature hikes, fishing, tennis and much more! Families can come and have so many incredible experiences to share, there is plenty to talk and laugh about at each meal. Families depart feeling more connected to each other and knowing they shared an experience they will look back on fondly for the rest of their lives. Many of our families have been returning for 20 years or more(some over 50 years!) for this precise reason.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2011

Wonderful place! The staff is friendly! good tennis program. nice pool, beautiful surroundings. Community dining or dine by yourself. we usually chose community table and met really nice, high caliber people. The Best riding anywhere. The wranglers are great. We have a 14yr old so we didnt take advantage of the kids program but one of the best ive seen. Our trip was sping break. the rooms area little tired but I cant wait to go back! we were really sad when we left

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TanqueVerde, General Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, May 1, 2011
Thanks for your kind words, we are especially happy with our kids program, and how the changes have been interpreted as positive by you, our guests. We are currently updating 20 rooms, with new bath fixtures, curved shower rods, new lighting, painting, and more because we recognize that althought the value and memories are in the experience we offer, the room is also important. Thanks for your comments!
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Mequon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2011

My 16 year old daughter and I did a mom and daughter trip to the ranch. I'm not sure which was more fun: learning to ride horses, meeting people from all over the world, or the great setting. There are no TVs in the rooms which is perfect for keeping everyone involved in the activities that run from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. It's all included in the price of the stay which, if you take advantage of it, makes it a good deal. We took horse riding lessons, tried to herd calves, went fishing, learned about the Saguaro National Park, sunned ourselves at the pool, had a massage and ate dessert at every meal! Can it get any better than that? Yep. The communal dining allows you to meet people from all over the world and share your trail stories. And the staff was the the friendliest overall at any resort I've ever seen! From the front desk, to the wranglers to the servers. All so friendly.

The only negative comment is that our mattresses were a bit old and needed replacing and that the cell phone coverage was a bit spotty.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2011 via mobile

Visited the ranch in the middle of a 5 week USA tour. I can't begin to put into words how much we fell in love with this place! Rooms were quite simply the best we have experienced. Food was great, especially the breakfast ride and the cook out. All the staff were amazing and completely added to the experience. The horses were well presented and looked after. They were all stars but Hemi stood head and shoulders(literally) above the rest as the one to fall in love with! The pool is well sited and adequate for the facility. The saloon provided the perfect place to finish a day off and thanks to the female serving the beers I now have a big appreciation of credence Clearwater revival! Could not fault this place and can't wait for our next visit!

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14301 East Speedway Road, Tucson, AZ 85748
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Tucson
#8 Family Hotel in Tucson
#16 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#17 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tanque Verde Ranch 4.5*
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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