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".
- 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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