9 Great Arizona Ranch Vacations- Tanque Verde Ranch
This Tucson dude ranch stands out for its family-friendly activities and stunning views of the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains.
by Darley Newman
It's easy to see why guests return year after year to this Tucson guest ranch. Soaking in the sun during winter, the popular Harmony with Horse programs and more, invite travelers to unplug and relax in sunny Arizona at historic Tanque Verde. A Top 20 Ranch, Tanque Verde Ranch is located on 60,000 acres of desert, punctuated by tall saguaro and mountain views. Guests enjoy special horseback rides, including the chuckwagon breakfast ride and a myriad of other activities, including guided mountain biking and hiking tours, fishing lessons, tennis, nature walks, swimming, yoga, and arts and crafts. Read further to see what Tanque Verde has to say about their accessibility for novice riders and experience horsemen.
Straight from the Ranch
First Time Riders/ Beginners
There are several daily riding lessons from beginners to intermediate. For the advanced rider, loping instruction is a refresher course enabling the rider to enjoy his/her rides at The Ranch to the fullest. Our Kid’s Club offers several riding lessons and experiences for children ages 7-15.
With the wide variety of different elevations, landscape elements and breathtaking vistas, one can experience something different every day they ride. Rides take you across 60,000 acres of Tucson’s most stunning desert landscapes and into the Rincon Mountains, Saguaro National Park, and Coronado National Forest. Our All-Day Horseback Ride or Mountain Adventure Ride allows you to get an intimate and up-close view of not only the mountains, but also the valleys below.
For the Experienced Horseman or Horsewoman
Tanque Verde Ranch has created an exciting environment for our guests who are interested in advancing their knowledge and experience with horses. Harmony with Horses (for those 12 years of age and older) will provide you with extensive horsemanship skills, improved riding ability, better self understanding, and one of the most unique vacation experiences, right here on the ranch. We also have Daily Riding Adventures such as Breakfast Rides, Sunset & BBQ Rides, Team Penning competitions, and All-Day Mountain Adventure Rides.
Famous Ranch Features
Tanque Verde Ranch is the largest dude ranch in Arizona, with 170 plus horses. Guests return year after year because of the plush and spacious accommodations, unparalleled amenities and a vast array of exciting activities including horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, hiking and more!
Tanque Verde also offers it’s guests the La Sonora Spa, which is the perfect place for a bit of quiet relaxation after a day filled with activities. Exquisite cuisine is also a huge draw to the ranch – three meals are prepared daily by our master chef and his team of talented Ranch Cooks. There are also several indoor and outdoor specialty-dining events are held each week including: the Old Homestead Breakfast Ride, Mexican Fiesta Night, and the Cottonwood Grove Ranch Barbeque with live entertainment. The Doghouse Saloon, the local ‘watering hole’ is the perfect place to quench your wrangler thirst.