We just got back from a 2-night stay at the Tanque Verde Ranch over Valentine's, and it's one of the best places we've ever stayed at. It says a lot about it that most of the other guests had been there before, some of them over twenty times. It has the biggest herd of riding horses in the whole of Arizona - 162 of them.
The food was a lot better than we expected from a dude ranch, of gourmet quality, and everything included apart from alcoholic beverages. The mole sauce I had with my chicken was the best I ever tasted. and yes, they do make some great wine in Arizona. the dry rose we had from Drayden was the equal of many we've had in the South of France.
We're novice riders so had two lessons to begin with, but then we were ready for a 90-minute walk ride in the desert. It was blissful, riding among the saguaros and other cacti, and getting up high for terrific views. The ranch has 630 acres alongside the Saguarao National Park East, and you really get a feel for what the Old West must have been like. The ranch has been there since that time, and is still a working ranch with over 600 head of cattle.
The facilities were excellent, and our only complaint would be that there was too much to do - we only had one full day and then a morning there, and there was something happening all the time - nature walks, bird-watching walks, mountain-biking, different rides and lessons, activities for kids, a lovely Nature Center where I got to handle a snake, a spa, good bar, and a real history about the place.
I can't wait to go back.
- 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