Tanque Verde Ranch
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tanque Verde Ranch Tucson
Great setting, some limits to riding & food
This place gets raves, and we went in Oct with kids. Great kids program, beautiful setting and excellent facilities. I am an experienced horse rider and did not find the riding challenging and the level of instruction low, so I think it is best for the intermediate rider. HOwever, I think they have a sister ranch (Bellota) which is horsemanship focused. If you go, take advantage of wide range of activities, not just the riding. We found the food a bit mediocre and the coffee not good. Overall, I would highly recommend it for its strengths, but be aware it has some weaknesses, too!!
I won the week i spent at TVGR and all i can say is that it was the luckiest day of my life.
The only downfall was that the trip was for one, but i didn't let that stop me!
From the moment i arrived i was welcomed with open arms. Kelly on the reception was a lovely lady, very helpful and friendly.
All the wranglers that i met, Stacey, Justin, Joe, John where all the freindliest, funloving people i had ever met. They made my week of loneliness into a week of fun and experience.
All i really did was the riding, but there are many many more things to take part in, and they are very well organised. One not to miss is the breakfast ride, to see the sun spreading across the hills and mountains was breathtaking!
If you go, you will have the best time.
I met many people whilst i was there, and i am still in contact with some now. It was a very big thing for me as i had never been to America and was very scared, but all i can say is that everyone there from the workers to the guests where all lovely.
Even Bob himself came up to me at lunch one day, introduced himself and we had a chat. HE took the time to meet me.
To sum it up - The most amazing, breathtaking, wonderful, magnificent place to go.
I am saving up to hopefully go back next year with my partner and then he can experience the sights too.
You have to go!!
The Memory goes on and on
Just the best. Tanque Verde is faultless. The riding is great, the staff couldn't be more helpful or give better service, the food fantastic and the setting breath-taking. Hope to repeat the experience soon.
The Very Best!
There is no place like Tanque Verde Ranch. My husband and I take our three children there once a year...it is our family's favorite place to vacation. Though it is a luxurious wertern dude ranch there is nothing stuffy about this place...the accomodations are fabulous and the ranch just exudes true western charm. One can keep busy with an assortment of activities offered or just enjoy the beautiful views while sitting next to the pool. Guests come from around the world, and we are just so thankful we only have to make the trip from Minnesota. We could go on and on; this place is truly special.
A Very Special Place
On a recent trip to Arizona, we had a few extra days that were not booked and decided to try this dude ranch, not expecting all that much. What a pleasant surpise. It turned out to be the highlight of our trip. This is a very special place with a real Southwest flavor. I had never ridden a horse before but that didn't matter. The wranglers match you up with the right horse for your ability and you then set off on great rides in this gorgeous desert landscape. One morning the ride led to a delicious chuckwagon breakfast. On certain nights of the week, there is a barbeque in a lovely cottonwood grove with entertainment be a singing cowboy. The food was very good and the accomodations were excellent. Also a great cantina. We noticed that guests were there from all over the world with almost all being repeat visitors. For those who don't like horses there is a nice pool and excellent guided hikes. If you want a southwest experience but also like unpretentious luxury, I can think of no finer place.
Couldn't Be Better
i am a guest that comes every year and their always improving it. Everything about it is great. It helps that i LOVE horse but theirs hiking, biking and lots more!
Can't wait to go back next year
My moter-in-law hosted a family trip for her 50th wedding anniversary. The ranch was the perfect place where there were activities for everyone. My husband and I fell in love with riding horses and as a result have enrolled in riding lessons at home and have our reservations made for next year. (Just got home three days ago!!! ) We are both missing it so much. We met the nicest people! Beats any beach vacation we ever took!!!
A Trip to Find Myself
I stayed at the Tanque Verde Ranch for a week in Februray, years ago-and my visit was magical. From meeting people I would never run into anywhere else, to late night gin games in the closed annex room with a crackling fireplace, to trips into Tucson with the tennis pro and a bunch of us guests to sample the city's finest mexican food...all of my hours there were wonderful. Horseback riding in the west-in the tall cactus landscape-nothing like it, it felt pure and primitive. Morning breakfast rides, fresh pancakes, laughs with new friends, I still recall this vacation being one of my best. I did it alone, too-and fit right in, I was made to feel a part of the whole group. I only hope the place has not changed.
Not for independent kids/teens
I was taken here as a child for quite a number of years -- the kids program was horrible and there's very little for a kid who doesn't like horses to do. Adults, go crazy, but please don't take your children unless they are interested in doing little but horseback riding (without you).
The best vacation I've ever had!
When it comes to vacations, the kids and I like action while my wife likes to relax in the sun next to water. This place has it all. Programs that engaged the kids, family and adult rides, adventureous activities, pools and spa- even a gym! Immaculate grounds, amazing scenery and the food was great. I could go on .......
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... went into the movie museum and saw examples of movies filmed here, the distinctive mountains around the park clearly seen the the movie images. I was only in the park an hour or so, then I took my ruptured pants out of there.
I took the scenic route back to Swede's, around behind the mountains that surrounded the studio. They took me up between the rocky peaks and through a gap and down the other side. What I did notice was the amount of cacti. They were so ...
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... had a great lunch and then took the ski lift to the summit.
We barely got home in time to be chauffeured by their friends to an Italian restaurant for dinner. I tried to get a picture but I ran out of power.
i have been fighting a cold for a few days so we took it easy for a few days too.