Tanque Verde Ranch

Location: The American Southwest | USA

Price guide: $$$$$ $200-$350 per person per night

Offering the ultimate ‘dude ranch’ experience, Tanque Verde Ranch is the place to come for a truly immersive cowboy getaway, from courses in horsemanship to cattle herding, fishing, and hiking through the beautiful desert landscapes which surround the ranch. Adults and kids alike will be captivated by this window into life in the Old West.
Perfect forCowboys, cowgirls and lovers of all things ‘Old West’.
In the knowThe area is steeped in history and culture, with Prima Indians settling here in the 1600s.

Recommended for...

  • Landscapes & Scenery
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Riding
  • Wildlife & Nature

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

It is just east of Tucson, in the fertile region of desert known as ‘tanque verde’– green pool – which rises towards the Rincon Mountains.

Rooms at Tanque Verde Ranch

One of the most distinctive resorts in Tucson, the ranch offers a variety of accommodation, all of which provides guests with spectacular scenic views of the desert and mountains.

The casitas and salas are tastefully decorated in rich south-western style, with traditional adobe walls and Santa Fe-style architecture perfectly complementing the beauty of the natural surroundings. They are both comfortable and atmospheric, combining the spirit of the Old West with the highest standards of modern luxury.

Food & Drink

The cowboy life begins at breakfast (if you want it to), with a hearty south-western morning meal your reward for an early-morning ride past towering cacti and over rolling hills. Cottonwood Grove offers the full ranch barbecue experience: enjoy delicious ribs or steaks, homemade cornbread, fresh fruit and much more as you listen to live music.

The Doghouse Saloon, meanwhile, is the perfect place to wind down after a day under the hot Arizona sun, and you can quench your thirst with local craft beers and Tanque Verde’s famous prickly pear margaritas.


To relax and unwind, enjoy some yoga or head to the spa for a massage or a swim in the indoor pool, with large windows overlooking the mountains.

Activities at Tanque Verde Ranch

There is never a dull moment here, whether you’re seeking to explore the nearby desert and mountains, relax and reconnect with yourself, satisfy a creative craving, or burn up some energy. You can advance your horsemanship skills and understanding of horses, or enjoy ‘team penning’ - where you’ll learn the art of herding cattle.

You can also go mountain biking and hiking through the surrounding landscapes, and there are some fantastic nearby attractions such as the preserved Old West town of Tombstone and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

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Hotel location

Tanque Verde Ranch is approximately a 25-minute drive from Tucson Airport.

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