Upshot: Having just finished my first vacation at the Tanque Verde Ranch, I am trying to figure out when and how I can get to go back again – that’s how good it was! During my week long vacation, the ranch exceeded all my expectations and deserves 5 stars across the board.
For those who like details: The staff at the Tanque Verde Ranch are a wonderful group who are fully committed to great customer service and providing a great vacation experience. They ALL (office staff, kitchen staff, wranglers, etc.) went above and beyond to help make my visit, celebrating my 50th birthday, a fantastic one. One example of this great service was the amazing chef, Ben, and his talented kitchen staff who custom created meals for me at each mealtime due to my severe and wide ranging food allergies. Their incredible creativity and wonderful presentation skills gave me some of the best and most memorable meals I have ever had ANYWHERE! I would never have expected that on a ranch vacation; it was a TOTAL BONUS!
The wranglers were another example of the high standard of customer service offered at the ranch. They were ALL so much fun, so helpful, and so willing to share their horsemanship know how, that I thoroughly enjoyed my week of riding and felt that I grew as a rider during my visit. In addition to the brilliant trail riding and loping rides, I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in team penning, ride an obstacle course, and compete in the Funkana, which even gave me the chance to check barrel racing off of my bucket list! The wranglers know their horses well and couldn’t have given me better horses to ride during the week. They were especially kind in helping to select smooth horses for me, since I was returning to riding after a month lay-off due to a back injury. Even as an experienced rider, I felt one of the things that really helped me to get the best out of my riding time at the ranch was that I took the intermediate lesson that is offered prior to taking the lope check. I found it well worth the time to familiarize myself with Western riding technique, and also to learn about the way the ranch horses are trained, and the cues to which they respond (which is invaluable information)!
Other things of note: the ranch itself is beautiful. The terrain is stunning and quintessentially Western, and the location next to the Saguaro National Park East cannot be beaten, as it affords endless beautiful riding and hiking opportunities. The casita I stayed in was clean, nicely decorated, and generously proportioned with a stunning view. Although I did not personally participate in the biking, tennis or hiking activities offered, I heard them spoken of most highly by other guests. The gift shop at the ranch has a nice selection at fairly reasonable prices and the evening entertainments and nature center offerings were most enjoyable. The courtesy shuttle pick-up and drop-off at the airport was also much appreciated.
Based on my experience at the ranch, I could recommend it to anyone!
- 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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