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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
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“Family Vacation at Tanque Verde Ranch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

My husband and I, daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons visited TVR in October 2012. We stayed for 7 days/8nights. From the time we were picked up at the airport until we were dropped off at the airport we had the most wonderful vacation. Jerry was waiting for us at the airport and risked us away to TVR. We had wonderful adjoining rooms where we could watch the most beautiful sunsets. Our grandsons, 5 and 9 thoroughly enjoyed the kid's program and couldn't wait each day to join their new found friends. There were plenty of activities for the adults. We rode every day ( several of us were new riders), took nature and bird watching hikes, fished, water-painted the skyline, enjoyed the spa, mountain biking and ate as if there was no tomorrow. The staff was exception in all areas and activities.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew_F_TVGR, Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Thank you for your recent visit to Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, and we are thrilled to know that you had a wonderful vacation with us. We're happy that your grandsons enjoyed the kids activities, as that is one of the best programs here. We're glad that you were well taken care of by our team of wranglers, to make sure that you were instructed, safe and had fun on the rides, and we hope you consider yourself a more experienced rider after a week on horseback! I'm particularly pleased that you took the time to relax and enjoy the nature and sunsets here at the ranch, and, of course, glad that our team took good care of you and your family in all areas. We hope we see you again at the ranch! Thanks again,

Andrew Fine
Director of Operations
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Did not stay at the hotel, but drove to the east end of Speedway early on a Thursday morning to do the breakfast ride. After paying $80 with taxes, we were plunked on a horse, given very little instruction and sent off up the hill on a 45-minute ride up a narrow trail to our breakfast. The front desk staff acted as though they had never booked a ride before and it took forever to complete the transaction.

The scenery was alright... nothing more than you can see from the highway and the horse was cantankerous, wanting to stop to eat vegetation all along the trail. The wrangler wanted me to discipline my horse, but did not give me any instruction how to do so. Once at the top, again very little instruction or even conversation took place.

The breakfast was fine... pancakes, eggs, toast, juice and coffee.

The trip back down the hill took maybe 10 minutes and that was it! No "come back again", no "did you enjoy yourself?", just "get off the horse, we're finished".

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew_F_TVGR, Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Thank you for your recent visit to Tanque Verde Guest Ranch. I'm sorry that the breakfast ride did not meet your expectations. The Sunday and Thursday breakfast rides are a hallmark of the ranch, and are a terrific western experience. I appreicate your comments so that we can continue to improve on this activity to make sure that all visitors have a memorable and enjoyable ride, and are matched up well, based on riding experience, to individual horses. Thank you for your feedback.

Andrew Fine
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Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We were in Tucson at another hotel for a functions and just came out for the sunday breakfst ride. We had been here before when the kids were little.

Just a great experience, riding amongst the seguras, the location is stunning, and the breakfast tops off a great activity.

As far as they guy complaining about hard to find, all of Tucson is like that, they have laws to keep the lights low for the astronmers. Its really pretty easy to find, dead end of speedway, do not see how you could miss it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew_F_TVGR, Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Thank you for coming out to Tanque Verde while visiting Tucson to enjoy the breakfast ride. It's one of the highlights for all our visitors, and one of the 'must-do' activities (and the pancakes are just the best). It's also one of the most fun activities for our team as well, and we're glad you enjoyed it just as much. We hope you'll visit again next time you're in town. Thanks again,

Andrew Fine
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Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Tanque Verde celebrates the Arizona western/cowboy experience. The decor, surroundings, staff, activities (hiking, many horse riding options) are not just Western themed, but actually Western. This is not the generic resort experience, though the expected features are there as well: spa, pool, dining, etc. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. We took an easy horse ride into the private property's hills among the cactus - very scenic - and there are options for the serious or advanced rider. Location is at the very edge of one of Tucson's main avenues, making navigation easy. We did not find it hard to navigate the property at night, and the low-wattage path lighting is actually a big benefit: we were able to fully see the stars at night because there was no light pollution. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Andrew_F_TVGR, Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Thank you for your recent visit to Tanque Verde Guest Ranch. We're glad you enjoyed your visit, taking advantage of our array of ranch activities, especially the horseback riding. We hope you found more time to relax and enjoy the surroundings here at the foothills. Thank you for your compliments for our staff and lifestyle here at the ranch, and you're right - stargazing here is amazing! We hope we'll see you again sometime at Tanque Verde. Thanks again,

Andrew Fine
Director of Operations
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We had heard for years from friends how we had to go stay at TVR.
We never quite got around to getting to TVR until this past weekend.
We had booked a 2 night stay (Friday and Saturday nights) and we arrived late Friday night.
The place is poorly lit and even more poorly signed. You had to be part tracker to find your room.
They might want to invite Disney out for a week to teach them a thing a two about journey management.

The refrigerator in the room sounded like a diesel generator. Event with the door closed.
Most disappointing was the fact that the housekeeping staff failed to make up the room.
After a bust day out (left the room at 8am and returned at 3pm) with a desire to relax and refresh for the evening - to find the room the way we left it. Funny part ... the housekeeping staff greeted us that morning outside our unit. Maybe they went walkabout or on a ride themselves. When we called about the room, we learned housekeeping had gone home for the day. They blamed the matter on new stay. Convenient. A consolation ... we did get clean towels. Woo - hoo.
We won't be back. Highly overrated. TVR needs to learn what customer service is all about.
They may have skipped that chapter during owner and employee training.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew_F_TVGR, Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
I'm very sorry that you were disappointed with any part of your visit to Tanque Verde. We strive to offer an experience that will be a highlight of any vacation, memories to last a lifetime. I'm sorry we did not successfully take care of you with housekeeping service during your visit, and will work harder to prevent such an occurrence in the future. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit, with the horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking or whichever activities you enjoyed while you were here. Thanks for your feedback.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I stayed for a memorable four nights this time last year (October 2011) as part of our 12 day honeymoon tour, and we are still talking about it and sharing the photos now. Given that i can be a tricky customer sometimes, this is quite possibly the best hospitality we've ever had the pleasure to experience. All the staff are terrific, from the approachable, friendly, ever present manager, to the lovely desk staff who are genuinely kind and interested in the guests. The sports coaches were encouraging and didn't mock our appalling tennis, nor my lack of nerve on a mountain bike (and were conciliatory when I discovered cactus prickles are sharper than they look!) The wranglers are quite a bunch of characters and make the riding really fun. We still laugh about jonathan shouting after emma on her horse even now! There is so much to do, but no pressure and you can just relax, enjoy the great scenery or the wildlife centre and chat with the other guests and staff. It is an expensive resort but you get what you pay for, and it is worth every penny. We would go back in a heartbeat, and are saving up to take our children with us next time. Thanks to all at Tanque Verde for making our honeymoon the holiday of a lifetime. See you all in a few years I hope! Rachel x

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew_F_TVGR, Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Thank you for visiting us at Tanque Verde and making us a part of your lifelong memories on your honeymoon tour. We're very glad you enjoyed our facilities in a way that was perfect for you, with horseback riding, tennis and mountain biking, while still finding time to relax. Thank you also for your kind words about our team, we love helping guests have a great vacation. We'd love to see you again when you have the time to visit us at the ranch. Thanks again,

Andrew Fine
Director of Operations
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We have just spent 3 weeks in california and Arizona after travelling all the way over from Australia and I just wish we had booked more than three nights at the tanque verde ranch. I was a little unsure after booking as I usually prefer big name 5 star hotels , however this had the best of both worlds - five star accommodation, activities & service with a really personal touch.
The scenery is spectacular and straight out of the pages of a book - lush green lawns dotted with adobe style ranch buildings surrounded by towering saguaro cacti dotting the surrounding hills.
It also proved to be a great social studies lesson for the kids as we spotted jack rabbits and gila monsters whilst on morning horserides. Picture yourself sitting watching a brilliant sunset while sipping a prickly pair margarhita...
My children are aged 6 & 9 and I have never been fond of kid's clubs and never use them. Things were different at the Tanque verde as the activities are fantastic. They would begin the day with an individual horseriding lesson before taking part in craft activities, fishing , checking out the reptile centre and swimmingI can happily say that this was the highlight of their American holiday.
The BBQ at the Cottonwood grove was fantastic and really made us feel as if we were in the real 'southwest'. The food was also excellent and I had to force myself to stay away from the large jar of chocolate chip cookies that never seemed to be empty.
The highlight would undoubtedly be the morning breakfast ride and eating blueberry pancakes in the mountains surrounded by the beautiful scenery. Out of everywhere we travelled during our holiday, and this includes Sedona, The Grand canyon, Disneyland and San Francisco, the Tanque Verde is the one place that I would fly halfway across the world again to visit.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew_F_TVGR, Director of Operations at Tanque Verde Ranch, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Thank you so much for giving us the oportunity to be the highlight of your visit to the USA. We're especially proud of the kids program, and how much fun the kids (and counselors) have, as they make friends with other guests and remain friends for years. The breakfast ride is one of the top favorites of guests, and we're glad you enjoyed it just as much, along with our desert mountain location and scenery, the food and the fun of a true Tanque Verde experience. We hope you do visit us again, and can stay longer next time! Thanks again for your visit!

Andrew Fine
Director of Operations
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
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Additional Information about Tanque Verde Ranch

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
#6 Family Hotel in Tucson
#16 Business Hotel in Tucson
#17 Romantic 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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