As someone who has been a keen rider my whole life and has always dreamt of going to a ranch, Tanque Verde had a lot to live up to. I am pleased to say it met my expectations and more!
The riding opportunities are excellent - I took full advantage and rode 3 times a day. The horses are responsive and the wranglers were great and full of personality - they always made an effort to match you to a horse that would suit you and were great fun to be around. Despite what I have read in some other reviews, the lope check was relatively straightforward for a competent rider and the lope rides were brilliant. I travelled with my partner who was only a beginner but he loved the walking rides and got involved with the team penning which was great. Also, make sure you take part in the Funkhana if you want to give barrell racing a try!
The staff were the most friendly and helpful I have ever come across and a special mention should go to Lisa the barmaid who made the quiet evenings in the Doghouse Saloon extremely entertaining!
I am itching to book another trip to Tanque Verde! It is easy to see why so many of the other guests we met out there were returning after many visits.
- 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