You have to hand it to horse lovers—they’re a dedicated lot. Maintaining a horse-riding habit takes a lot of hard-work, long hours and resources (hay isn’t cheap!). For this GO NEXT series, we round up some vacations for the horsey set. From dude ranches to English-riding style escapes, there’s something for everyone.
Tanque Verde Ranch, AZ
$$$$ – Luxury
Oldest, largest, longest-running, best…when it comes to dude-ranch superlatives, Tanque Verde Ranch leads the pack. Invariably included in the ‘best of’ lists of dude ranches, Tanque Verde also often comes in at the top of the list when it comes to price. But with its luxurious accommodations, all-inclusive stays, attention to detail and wide offerings, for those that can afford it it’s definitely money well spent.
Located at the outskirts of Tucson, AZ the 60,000 acre ranch is home to over 275 horses. The setting is spectacular, nestled in the foot of the Rincon Mountains and next door to the Saguaro National Park. Tanque Verde’s activities guarantee that guests have plenty of opportunities to explore their surroundings with a full roster of activities from horseback riding (naturally), nature hikes, fishing, yoga, pickleball and more. Unless of course, you opt to spend the day lazing by the pool and relaxing in the spa.
Tanque Verde excels at their kids offerings. The kids club will keep them busy and smiling all day and into the evenings (date night!) with horse riding, arts and crafts, movies and more. Kids are divided into age-groups of Buckaroos, Wranglers and Outlaws, so that they can play and ride with kids of similar age and abilities. Of course, there’s also many all-family events to enjoy as well.
Tanque Verde’s lodgings are sprinkled across the property, giving everyone a little privacy and space. Almost all the adobe-style cottages and lodge rooms feature fireplaces, the larger ones have mini-fridges, but none feature televisions. For screen time, kids can enjoy the weekly poolside screenings of movies and old episodes of The Lone Ranger.
All-inclusive rates include lodging, three meals, activities and kids club.
Looking for more dude ranches? The Dude Ranch Association website is one of the best, and most thorough resources around.