Tanque Verde Ranch

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

14301 East Speedway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona, 85748, United States

3 Reviews

Tanque Verde Ranch
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 299% more than similarly rated 3.5 star hotels

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    Tanque Verde Ranch ~ Part II


    Tanque Verde Ranch is an all-inclusive ranch resort and there is always something to do!! All activities including horseback riding, riding lessons, hikiing, biking, swimming, tennis, etc., are included in one price. Our main activity at the ranch centered around the horses and riding, but we also took advantage of the indoor & outdoor pools, the mountain-biking, ping- pong, hikes, nature talks and walks, and of courses, the campfire cookouts and just plain sitting under the cottonwood trees.

    Although there is a TV Room at the range with a major-size TV, there are no TV's in rooms. Although a little difficult to get used to at first, the encourages everyone to make the most of the day time and night time activities outside of the rooms!

    Included in the price are three-delicious meals each day plus buffets served in the central hacienda-style dining room, and the scheduled, fantastic campfire cookouts at the Cottonwood Grove, and breakfast rides up to The Homestead. In my opinion, the food was always very good and plentiful, and the Easter Brunch was exceptional! The only exception was for wine, beer and soft-drinks all of which were optional and offered at different venues.

    Unique Quality: There are too wonderful features of the ranch to mention here. The children at the ranch seemed to be having the times of their lives! I especially enjoyed seeing how comfortable & confident the children were as they rode out on the trail every morning with their ponies, not a care in the world.

    We visited during Easter, and I thought it was very special that the "Easter Bunny" visited the ranch on horseback! The ranch even arranged an Easter Egg Hunt for the children on the front lawn and the squeals of delight rang from all quarters.

    Directions: North East Tucson at the foot of the mountains.

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    Tanque Verde Ranch ~ Part I


    We found our accommodations at Tanque Verde to be even better than expected. Because we belong to a vacation club, we used our "points" to reserve a "suite" for the 4 of us and it was so much more comfortable than a standard room.

    It would be better called a bungalow than a suite because our accommodations had everything but a kitchen which was not needed anyway since all our meals were included. However, the bungalow did have a coffeemaker, and fridge which we stored water and soft drinks in and occasionally a dessert we brought back from dinner! We had a large living area with a good-sized, oak table and 4 chairs, two easy chairs, 2 day beds serving as regular beds at night, and a large picture window overlooking a private patio. All this and a terrific fireplace too!

    There was also a very comfortable master bedroom with a king-size bed , 2 night-tables, a large dresser, nice size closet and----another fireplace!

    The bathroom was of good size and was stocked with large towels, and usual toiletries but with the thoughtful addition of SPF15 sunblock. There was daily maid service and towels, toiletries and coffee were generously restocked each day.

    Unique Quality: Our bungalow had a wonderful fireplace which we used each night thanks to the supply of mesquite wood left for guests who wished to use it. What a treat a roaring fire was at the end of the day--we sat there mesmerized by the glowing flames and drifted off to sleep more than once after an event-filled day!

    While the master bedroom also had a fireplace and we enjoyed the ambience of having it there, we only used the fireplace in the main room where all 4 of us could enjoy it!

    Looking out the front door of our bungalow one could see a pleasing landscape of cacti and cottonwood trees, happy with their surroundings, filled the air with their songs. In the morning you knew that you were only a short walking distance to breakfast or to the corrals to see the horses. It was the perfect habitat and a wonderful change from the normal hotel room found on most trips!

    In the last photo you will see our visitor which was waiting to greet us the first night!

    Directions: Northeast Tucson at the foot hills of the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains.

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    Greatest Ranch ever


    I shared a bungalow with my sister and it was very big and furnished perfectly. It had a fireplace and a small porch, was located very quietly and we felt absolutely undisturbed.

    Unique Quality: We immensly enjoyed the pool to loosen stiff muscles after a long day in the saddle and I can only say we had the feeling we got much more on this trip then what we payed for.... unfortunately today I don?t remember what we payed anymore but we were pretty young and didn?t make that much money so if we were able to afford it almost everyone else should also.
    We took a sunset hike with a guide and this was one of the most memorable things I ever did: as we reached some nearby hill we watched the sun go down over the desert .... I will never forget this view as long as I live!

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by TripAdvisor Member gm25

tanque verde ranch is expensive. the price includes 3 meals per day,
riding, tennis, and nature walks/hikes. there are two reasons to
spend the money-- loping (as opposed to sitting on a slowly walking
horse that would much rather not move) is available, although not
guaranteed in high/busy seasons; and the outstanding naturalist
Jerry Brewer and the outstanding tennis pro, Daryl. the food is
huge in quantity but mediocre. the views from some rooms are
spectacular. the children's programs are not creative, and kids
are not guaranteed to get to ride in busy season.

Tanque Verde Ranch

by TripAdvisor Member horses5544

Our family really enjoyed Tanque Verde Ranch. We found all the people to be so friendly, the employees really went out of their way to insure that guests were happy. Also, the wranglers seemed very safety conscious and clearly placed a high priority on the health and happiness of the horses. On one ride, it was explained to me that the horses are tracked as to how often they work, and there are goals in place in regards to how often horses should be ridden. Several families staying while we were there have been vacation there for several generations. There were 25 year olds that had been coming with their families since they were born. Overall, it seemed a very guest focused, friendly place to vacation. It was also nice to see that they valued their horses so highly, and seemed to take very good care of them. We will be back!!


by TripAdvisor Member alison29

Have just returned from a week at the Tanque Verde Ranch and it was a magical week. leaving aside the spiders and other creepie crawlies, the ranch is fantastic. the food is out of this world - which is handy as the riding keeps you constantly starving! the rooms are more than comfortable and huge, and the staff and extremely helpful and very nice. to anyone who wants a week horseriding on a ranch, i would recommend the Tanque Verde Ranch - its a great place, the wranglers are excellent and you are very well looked after when riding. i can't recommend it enough.

Nice place for a ranch vacation

by TripAdvisor Member Miramar

Just back from 5 nights at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson. The directions provided on the ranch website as to how to get there are accurate and easy to follow. I believe it was about a 30-40 minute drive from the airport.
I had reserved a standard room and it was definitely adequate for one or two people. It had a nice southwestern decor and had a lounge chair outside the door. The bathroom seemed a little outdated, but overall it was fine. During my stay I was the only one in my building unit, as the other rooms in that unit had their bathrooms being retiled or renovated in some way. Mine was slated for the same after I left.
The food was excellent. Lunch each day is buffet style with several hot entree and sides selection. There is also a large salad bar and rolls offered at lunch. But the best part of the lunch offerings was definitely the pastry table offered each day. There had to be about 20-30 selections on the table at all times. Dinners are served sit down style with waiter service. About 4-5 entrees are offered at dinner. Several nights per week dinner is served not in the dining room but as a cookout in the Cottonwood Grove.
Breakfasts encompass both buffet offerings or choices off a menu. A couple mornings per week a breakfast ride is offered. At all meals you may request a table for just your party or you may join one of the group tables.
There is a nice choice of activities at the ranch. Guided hikes (or you may hike on your own), mountain biking, nature walks, art classes and of course riding are among the offerings. Rides go out 3x per day and you may choose between a walking ride or a loping ride. For the lope rides you must first pass the ranch lope test, for which classes are offered if you don't have much riding experience. There is also a outdoor swimming pool and indoor pool for your use.
The desert setting is lovely with many variety of cacti. While there I saw a roadrunner, quails, cotton tail rabbits. I did not see any rattle snakes while there, but the people staying in the building next to mine had a rattle snake on the front porch one evening. They called security and it was removed.
The ranch also offers evening activitie such as star gazing, movie night, and lectures on various topics that have to do with the ranch or the desert.
This property does seem to attract large groups. There was a different group there everyday that I was there (not all are overnight guests though-- some just seem to use the facilities for meetings). There was a large wedding party staying there as well.
I do plan to return to TVR the next time I am in Tucson, as it is a lovely property.

Excellent Family Vacation

by A TripAdvisor Member

My family and I spent a week-long vacation at Tanque Verde which was nothing short of fabulous. It was a vacation that we will never forget and we cannot wait until our next opportunity to re-join the Tanque Verde family. The grounds are beautiful and Arizona mountains fantastic. The pools and hot tubs; breakfast ride; cottonwood cook-out; and meals are excellent. The staff (including wranglers) are more than friendly and helpful. The childrens' program is also exceptional. Yes, its expensive (and nothing is perfect, especially when travelling with children). However, it is worth it. I would give it my highest endorsment. We will return not soon enough. Special thank you(s) to Nancy, Andrea, Kat, April and Stacey (and of course, Bob and Rita). You won't find better hosts anyplace else. Thanks.

Horses Living in Filthy Inhumane Environment

by A TripAdvisor Member

Trip Advisor review
We have been to four other Arizona guest ranches, and have at no time seen the appalling circumstances which I am about to describe here. We had chosen Tanque Verde because they advertised tennis in addition to riding.
When we approached the corrals on our first morning we were shocked and sickened by the conditions in which the horses were living, and by their treatment by the wranglers who were “preparing” them to be ridden. The horses, approximately 200, were standing crowded together in 10” of their own manure and urine-soaked muck. They were covered in muck and manure from head to tail. Wranglers were roping them and putting bridles on their muck-covered faces. They were then led to another area where rotting blankets and broken-looking worn-out saddles were thrown onto them. Guests were asked to mount horses that had soggy manure-soaked legs.
This situation was awful from the point of view of a rider, but our deeper concern was for the horses. Standing with wet or damp feet for long periods of time can cause a serious, sometimes fatal, condition called thrush in horses. Some of these horses were in such bad condition that they had to lie down. Horses will lie down to roll for a moment or to rest comfortably, but a healthy horse would never choose to lie down in deep muck and manure.
If you love horses, or if you wan to learn more about them, this would be aplace to avoid. Horses are wonderful sensitive creatures and you can see the broken spirits of the Tanque Verde horses in their sad eyes, their filthy coats, and their drooped heads.
Arizona ranches that we vsited and enjoyed include Elkhorn Ranch, The Circle Z and The Lazy E. We also enjoyed Rancho de la Osa, although it's proximity to the Mexican border and relatively flat terrain were minuses for us.


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Western Ranch

by BBruder


My and my girlfriend are planning to visit grand canyon in late august. Is there any 'western ranch' nearby (within cca 100 miles radius) where we can see cowboys at work, sleep over, go on a horse-riding trip, do the cowboy stuff? :)

Thank you for Your answers.

Re: Western Ranch

by Odinnthor

First, just ignore the sales pitch in the above response. It will be deleted.

Now, what you are looking for is known as a "dude ranch". There are several to choose from. Here is an example. Just Google Arizona dude ranch - and you will find more.


Hope this helps.....d:o)

Re: Western Ranch

by bocmaxima

Tanque Verde Ranch is, IMHO, the best guest ranch in Tucson (which is the best city to visit in Arizona, at least from my perspective), and possibly Arizona, but Tucson is 6 hours from the Grand Canyon.
That being said, you're not going to find many guest ranches within 100 miles of the Grand Canyon. Reason being, the area around the Grand Canyon is forested and not as heavily ranched as other parts of the state.
There are a couple of guest ranches in the Bradshaw Mountains, which is just outside the town of Prescott. This would take 4 hours or so to reach from the South Rim. http://www.kayelbar.com/
I also found this one, which would take about 4.5 hours to reach from the South Rim: http://www.stagecoachtrailsranch.com/

Re: Western Ranch

by BBruder

Thank You both for informations. Although I must say, these ranches are a bit too expencive for us. :( We decided to visit rodeo event in Page, AZ and see cowboys and I hope some interesting things and actions there. :)

Thank You again.

Re: Western Ranch

by bocmaxima

Yeah, it's expensive. People think that you can just come to Arizona and hang out with cowboys but, unfortunately, so many tourists want to do that that it's become a relatively large industry.
The rodeo at Page is a good idea. Any rodeo would be a good experience, but being close to where you are anyway is certainly a plus.

Re: Western Ranch

by BBruder

Thank You all for Your answers!
Although these dude ranches sound tempting, we'll stick to 'rodeo experience'. :)



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Address: 14301 East Speedway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona, 85748, United States