We have just returned from an unforgettable week at Tanque Verde.
Rooms - Stayed in a Hacienda Suite, room 21 which was spacious and well furnished. If you want a modern luxury type hotel this is not the place to come. It is a ranch, rooms are in the traditional western old fashioned style as they should be. Beds are comfy.
Staff - Friendly helpful staff in every area.
Food - Good and plenty to eat. Loved the breakfast and the bacon was perfect. Breakfast ride with those bluberry pancakes was wonderful.
Riding - You have to pass the lope test before going on the loping rides (cantering for the English). The lope rides were then great fun. Several of the horses are real dobbins for the complete beginner but you soon learnt which ones not to get on and the wranglers soon got to know your riding ability and were able to match you up with a suitable horse. There was 3 hrs in total of lope rides a day when we stayed plus an intermediate trotting ride in the afternoon. Plus several walk rides suitable for all levels of riding ability. Team penning was great fun.
Thanks to the wranglers Maddy, Dave and Andy specially for making sure we got the right horses and making the experience so fab.
Kids Club - My 7 year old loved the kids club and never wanted to be away from it.
Met lots of lovely people and loads of repeat guests who have been coming for years. It is unique and like nowhere we have ever stayed but the whole family loved it, even the non horsey husband.
Other activities included tennis, walking, mountain biking, nature place.
My only tiny suggestions for improvements were that the shower flow was so weak it was hard to wash hair and getting the right temperature was difficult and it was a noisy air conditioning unit. Possibly more variety in the evening menu. Another daily lope ride and an adult funkana would have been brilliant.
Thanks again to everyone at Tanque Verde for making our holiday so great.
- 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