Tanque Verde Ranch

Tanque Verde Ranch

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An oasis in the desert

Surrounded by Arizona’s stunning desert and mountain terrain, this luxurious resort rises like an oasis from the landscape and provides an abundance of activities and facilities for guests of all ages. The distinctive terracotta guest lodgings are spread across the site and offer the ideal retreat after a long day enjoying activities ranging from swimming in the indoor and outdoor pools, exploring 600 acres of bike-track landscape and fishing at the 1.5 acre catch-and-release fishing lake. Or perhaps a day at the spa sounds more appealing? Whatever your preference you are sure to find something to do at this excellent resort.

And when hunger comes knocking, enjoy a diverse range of eateries and options including outdoor BBQ’s, picnic rides and authentic meals.

Beginning or advanced riding lessons and horsemanship classes are offered daily and these are included in the price.

  • Enjoy swimming, fishing, riding, biking and hiking
  • Relax at the spa
  • Stay in authentic lodgings set across the site
  • Try exciting cuisine options including picnic rides
  • Complimentary transfers to and from Tuscon airport for stays of 4 nights or more!

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

Away from it all
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  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Ranch

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

For Families

  • Family Entertainment
  • Family Rooms
Location Highlights

Tanque Verde Ranch

  • Away from it all
  • Various transfer times depending on your holiday plans
  • Ideal for exploring the desert and mountains
840 Reviews 87% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 601
  • Very Good 122
  • Average 55
  • Poor 31
  • Terrible 31

What to Expect

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Jun 08, 2019

Incredible Family Holiday

Toronto, Canada

My family spent a week here, my mother ( a super fit and vibrant senior), my husband, 7 year old daughter and myself. We had such a wonderful time. My daughter absolutely loved the Kids Club (so much so that she refused to leave the few times I tried to get her to leave early). There were so many wonderful workshops and activities for us to choose from, or you could simply relax by the pool. This was an incredible, once in a lifetime adventure holiday for our family and we loved it.
Jun 08, 2019

Beautiful Views.

The hotel: Overall the scenery was absolutely beautiful. We had an amazing room with big windows to allow lots of light and had the best views. There were also lounge chairs on our porch which were nice for watching those gorgeous sunsets. The pool was so nice and clean. I loved the waterfall. We spent most of our afternoons in the pool because it was so hot outside. (and because there was nothing else to do). I like that parts of the original ranchhouse were still there. It was fun to hear about the ranch's history. The food: It was okay. I heard lots of great things about the food so I guess I was expecting it to be better. Breakfasts were the best. I loved the cowboy cookout. The meal there was amazing and the location for the cookout was so pretty. They had outdoor lights hanging around and live music. I loved it. Another favorite was the breakfast ride. We got to ride the horses to breakfast and the manager grilled us pancakes. The location for the breakfast was also amazing. The kids club: I went to this ranch because it was suppose to be family friendly. However if your kids are under 12 they can only go on horserides with the kids club. This wasn't a deal breaker for me because I figured the kids would have more fun with other kids. However, while most of the counsellors were amazing with kids, there was one who yelled at my kids all morning. They almost didn't want to go back. We had to be there with them after that to ensure they were not yelled at by this particular counsellor. Why put an employee in the kids camp who obviously hates kids? It was awful. But again if the kids don't go to kids camp, they can't ride the horses. So we had no choice but to bring them back. However, we were able to go on the ride with them. This kids club experience alone will keep me from ever going back to this ranch. My kids were on vacation and they had to endure getting yelled at by an employee who obviously hates her job. Also, if you look at the kid's schedule it looks like they have lots of things planned for the kids to do, however those are up to the counsellor if they want to do them or not. As we had a counsellor who hated her job she never felt like doing anything but sitting the kids in front of a movie screen all day. The horses: If you have not ridden a horse before, you can almost be guaranteed to fail the lope check. If you fail the lope check then you will only be walking your horse in a slow line which, I'm sorry, but after one horse walk it gets very boring. We took 2 classes and failed the lope check twice. Who cares that you can repeatedly lope your horse in a class, if you can't get your horse to lope right away in one lap, you fail. This was a running joke between me and my husband because I could point out plenty of wranglers having trouble getting their horses to lope. Which makes sense because sometimes you just have a stubborn horse. We were not horse experts but I am sure we would have not had any trouble taking a horse out on a lope ride. For the price I paid I should have been able to go on a lope ride or at least get a refund as I was not able to enjoy all the activities that were offered. The lope check was very stressful, and that is the last thing I need on a vacation. This is another reason why I would never return to this ranch. The Activities: I realize that we came in the off season and the weather was very hot, but all activities end at like 2 and then there is absolutely nothing for you to do until dinner at 6. We swam during that time but it was a little disappointing for us. I wish there would have been some options for maybe indoor activities in the afternoon. Overall, I am a little disappointed in this vacation destination. It was definitely not worth the price! I would say if you are a couple and wanted a nice quiet place to relax and enjoy the views then this would be a good place for you. However, if you are a family with young kids under 12, I would not go here.
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Tanque Verde Ranch



Try your hand at fishing the 1.5 acre catch-and-release lake and try to find sunfish, bass and catfish, using equipment provided by the resort. Fishing instruction is available should you want to learn more.

Nature Centre

Learn about how the harsh biome of the Arizona desert has forced flora and fauna to adapt to survive. Take part in a guided daily walk and then venture back to the centre in order to see some of the more dangerous creatures up close including rare snakes and impressive spiders.

Breakfast Ride

Start the day the same way that ranchers and cowboys might and enjoy your breakfast outdoors. Every Thursday and Sunday morning you can enjoy this memorable experience, riding to the Homestead before enjoying a true Southern breakfast spread in incredible surroundings.

Picnic Ride

Running on Friday evenings from October 1st to May 1st, this unique experience lets guests enjoy a gentle ride along the desert trails before enjoying an authentic picnic complete with burgers, hot dogs and delectable extras.


Enjoy a range of guided hiking tours and venture through breathtaking landscapes, taking in incredible sights, natural flora and fauna and great company.

Horseback Riding


Explore the desert the only way you should: on horseback! Take to the trails and paths and let your mount carry you away from the stresses of modern society. Guides are there to help you as you choose one of the 180 horses and embark on an adventure.

Fitness Centre

Treadmills, weights and other equipment ensure that you can enjoy a great work out alongside the many other activities that the ranch offers.


Take on miles of exhilarating biking paths, following the curves and drops through more than 600 acres of desert landscape. You will be equipped with helmets, gloves and a state-of-the-art bike complete with mechanical disk brake for ultimate performance. New to the resort is the pump track which adds another level of excitement to your stay.

Swimming Pool


Enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the resort's pools as you take in beautiful landscape views all around and reflect on your holiday.


Practice your serve on one of five tennis courts, each offering wonderful views of the landscape. Three courts are artificial turf plus one is artificially-lit for late-night play. Plus, take part in morning group lessons and afternoon matches to hone and test your skills.

La Sonora Spa

For the ultimate in relaxation, head to this modern spa and enjoy massage and other treatments. The products used focus on natural organic ingredients and you can cool down in the indoor pool afterwards which features windows that take in spectacular Arizona views.

Tanque Verde Ranch

Room Types

Standard Room

This room option is the typical option at the ranch and is situated in one of the attractive terracotta buildings spread across the site. They are decorated in a rustic style and offer scenic views of the mountains or the site.

  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Towels included

Junior Suite

This more spacious room option comes with a fireplace to warm those colder nights, a comfy sitting area for a well-deserved rest after a long day out and about and a private patio for relaxation in the sun or sunset.

  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Towels included


This is the most spacious room type on offer and can cater for anything from two to six guests, offering them stunning landscape views and plenty of luxuries including a mini-fridge, a fireplace and a private patio.

  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Towels included
Tanque Verde Ranch

Food & Drink

Doghouse Saloon

This relaxed bar is full-service and offers craft beers, exciting cocktails and TV’s for those vital news updates and sporting events Don’t forget to try the Prickly Pear Margarita!

Outdoor BBQ

Head down to the atmospheric Cottonwood Grove for this bi-weekly event which brings the whole resort together. Enjoy a delicious variety of fresh cuisine options ranging from steaks and ribs to cornbread and fresh fruit accompanied by live music and breathtaking scenery.

Dining at the Tanque Verde Ranch


Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at this resort, with three main meals to choose from each evening plus plenty of choice for breakfast and lunch. Start your day with a hearty South-western breakfast, enjoy a lavish gourmet buffet lunch and then finish with a delectable three course meal of an evening.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

Full board includes three meals daily and all regularly-scheduled ranch activities. Activities include horseback trail riding, terrific beginner and advanced lessons, team penning, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, art programs, art classes, water aerobics, and nature programs. Our facilities also include 5 tennis courts with a tennis pro offering complimentary clinics and mixers from Oct. 15th, until May 1st . Indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzis are available, as well as children's wade pool. We also offer basketball, a fully equipped exercise room, and a supervised fishing program. We offer outdoor BBQ dinners with live western entertainment twice weekly, as well as our signature event, our breakfast ride, twice per week.

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Family Friendly Facilities

Kids Camp

Kids at the Ranch

Let your young ones enjoy a diverse variety of activities, designed to help them learn how to work together whilst trying exciting, authentic experiences including horse riding, nature programs and arts and crafts.