We LOVE TVR! This was our fourth visit, and the place feels like home. Front desk reception is so welcoming! (Hi Juan!) Activities directors Melissa and Megan immediately get you into the swing of things, and make sure you have a blast.Chef Ben's Southwestern cuisine is on par with any highly rated Zagat restaurant around. Delicious, beautifully presented, paired with an excellent wine list, and served by attentive, friendly wait staff that remembers you from the year before! Try one of Lisa's margaritas at the Saloon: the best! Especially when she makes them while hulahooping! And the weekly picnics (both lunch and dinner) at the outdoor venue are not to be missed. Great steaks, music and fun. Our gorgeous room with an amazing desert vista is immaculate, comfortable and spacious. My daughter loves the kid's program SO much she's already begging me to tell them she's still 12 next year, so she can stay in it! There is hiking, mountain biking and fishing to be enjoyed. My husband shipped his road bike from NJ so as to ride some of the most iconic roads in the US. And he's back into tennis, thanks to excellent coaching by Mr. D at the courts! But as a life long equestrian and hunter-jumper rider, I go there for the western riding. Well trained horses and a talented wrangling staff make each ride unique and memorable. The Harmony with Horses program is awesome, and Lisa B tailors it to your specific riding needs. Mark, Jonathan, Mike, Rebecca, Alyssia, Caitlyn, Casey (who am I missing???) are ALL knowledgeable professionals with a knack in matching the horse to the rider, and maintaining safety and enjoyment for clients. It amazes me to read any reviews here criticizing their hard work and dedication. If youve never been on a horse, hold onto the horn and enjoy a quiet walk ride. Yes, it's the desert, so if you dont want to trust a seasoned trail horse veteran up and down a rocky mountain, walk up there instead. If you only ride occasionally, maybe some great lessons from the staff will prepare you for the loping that takes place. This is not cookie cutter, ring-only, nose to butt lope riding. Its the real thing, on a herd animal that can occasionally spook, trip, and misbehave, and that needs the wrangler's strong presence and your own good seat. I roll my eyes at those that barely ride but want to pass the lope check the moment they arrive... and then complain if they dont OR if they do and have a "bad experience". Horses are not automatons, and wranglers need to discipline and control them (as well as us:)) TVR offers the best of both worlds: a safe, quiet ride in a beautiful environment for the non-rider, and a more challenging, exciting ride for the advanced. And take some of their stellar lessons if you are in between. Cant wait to visit next year!
- 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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- Tanque Verde Ranch Hotel Tucson