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Tanque Verde Ranch
Ranked #30 of 130 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great family destination”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

We spend 4 nights here and we had a great time. The kids program is absolutely fantastic and the adult program is also great. The food they are serving is very healthy and a lot of choice during the whole day. The horses riding trips are worth every second and if you are really lucky your ranger will tell you a lot about the surroundings.
Why not a five star rating because the rooms are a bit tired and they need an upgrade.
We will come back next year.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Evansville, Indiana
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

We just spent three days at the Tanque Verde Ranch. We had never had a ranch experience before and this was a good place to do that. The staff was very nice and helpful. The room was adequate. The food was excellent. The scenery was beautiful. The horse riding experience was better than expected,although a couple of the wranglers need as good people skills as they have horse skills. Overall, it really was a fun experience for something different to do.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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64 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had so much fun at the Tanque Verde Ranch and would recommend it to anyone. We did not get the all-inclusive and ended up using the camp for one day and taking a morning horseback ride. The pool is the perfect size and not crowded, even though the ranch was full. Amazing meals, as well! Our room (34) was set up a bit strangely with a queen and twin in the main sitting room and a double in a separate room. As a result, one kid had to sleep away from everyone else. Would make more sense to have an adult room and a kid room.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

My family and friends recently spent spring break at this "dude ranch". There isn't enough space to accurately depict how much fun and excitement we experienced. I am not a horse person, till now ! Absolutely spectacular. Beyond all expectations !! Highly recommend.

Food was awesome and we left there wanting more ! A must for family vacation. No TV in the rooms, but it isn't missed. Way to much to do to even notice.

Staff was very accommodating and eager in every area of the ranch. The rides were awesome, even for a novice like myself.

We are already planning our return !!

Stayed March 2014
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Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

If you want to ride faster than a walk, do not choose this guest ranch. I visited TVR on a girls getaway, we chose a guest ranch so that we could all ride together. I ride, lesson and compete on my own horse at home and was looking forward to sharing a riding experience with my girlfriends. We paid for the all inclusive package prior to arriving, and had discussed our riding schedule with the staff. We were not advised about the difficulty of the lope check at any time prior to arrival. I failed the first time and was made to take a lesson, which was ridiculous because I lesson weekly at home with a real trainer and the riding I do is at a much higher level and very fast paced. The reason I failed I was told is that I " don't know their horses." Who does upon arrival? At the lope check there was no warm up and no guidelines as to what they were looking for. My friends took lessons and repeated the experience 3 times. I watched them ride and finally on the last check the wrangler laid out the guidelines on friend passed and the other failed. While my girlfriends were lessoning I did go on a lope ride and it was not a big deal. I observed that there were others on the ride, who were at the same level as my friends who had not passed the lope check. The worst thing that happened, is that on our last day, one of the wranglers refused to let my friend ride the same horse she lessoned on, for the lope check, again she failed and never got to ride outside of the property. Besides the riding, the property is nice. We did enjoy the food, pool and massages. Lisa who bartends at the Saloon was kind and competent. Unfortunately, the poor experience with the riding overshadowed the positive aspects. I have vacationed at other guest ranches and Tanque Verde Ranch fails in comparison, from a horse rider's perspective.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

We visited Tanque Verde ranch with our thirteen year old son and another couple who had a thirteen year old daughter. It was spring break and we wanted to do something different. None of us had recent horseback riding experience but we were attracted by the variety of activities. After a colder than normal winter, we also looked forward to warmer weather. The ranch was at capacity and we had the smaller rooms. The room had two queen beds, table, comfortable chair, walk-in closet with small refrigerator and small bath. The room was in the Quail Hollow section which was a u shaped cluster of rooms with a lovely courtyard, fountain and lounge chairs which was unique among the other units. With no televisions and all the things to do don't get more room than you need because you won't be spending a lot of time there.

The food was wonderful. Well prepared and a nice variety. The Sunday lunch was exceptional with oysters on the half shell, shrimp and salmon along with hot entrees. The outdoor cookouts at the cottonwood were lots of fun and don't miss the breakfast ride even if you walk to the serving area.

I must commend the ranch on the quality of horses and the care taken to assess skill levels before permitting you to participate in trotting and loping. Even walking rides travelled rough trails that provided beautiful scenery and thrills. Each day you could choose a variety of riding activities, hiking, mountain biking or tennis. A nice pool, spa and fitness center were also available. Many learning opportunities about the area and wildlife were also offered. The wranglers and staff were friendly and helpful. We shared a special bond with Jake and Kathy as she was from Tennessee. Jake led several of our rides and was a great guide. Juan, the dining room supervisor, was pressed into transportation the day we arrived and his pleasant welcome set the tone for the entire stay. Our children loved the place and never missed television or video games. We can see why many guests are return customers.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Do not be fooled: this is not a ranch, this is a hotel and spa for people who want the illusion they went on a ranch. In other words there's horse back riding and they call it a 'ranch', They treat people like they're 6 year olds that need to be corralled. I really have a hard time being patronized sorry. If you are a rider you are going to hate this. If you know nothing about horses or riding or the cow-boy life you're going to love it and be lulled into thinking you were 'on a ranch'... it's perfect for people who just don't want the workout, just the impression of it.

Watered down experience ruined it. Sad. There's NOTHING genuine about this place.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Tanque Verde Ranch
Address: 14301 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85748-7138
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#13 Family Hotel in Tucson
#25 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tanque Verde Ranch 3.5*
Number of rooms: 76
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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