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Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson

Disclosure: Tanque Verde Ranch hosted our family. Opinions are 100% our own. Tanque Verde Ranch is also sponsoring this giveaway! This site uses affiliate links.

Tanque Verde Ranch captured our family’s heart earlier this month.  A destination that is sure to bring out your inner cowboy and cowgirl; Tanque Verde Ranch is as luxurious as it is Wild West. Everything from the rooms, to delicious meal options, to horse-back riding instruction is top notch. If you are looking for a really fun family travel option for your Summer vacation, look no further! Today I am thrilled to not only share highlights from our trip. A dude ranch is such a fun way to spend Spring Break.

tanque verde ranch horses

“Tanque Verde Ranch is one of America’s old-time cattle and guest ranches. Today, guests experience its rich history with miles of exciting horse trails, winding their way through desert and mountain scenery. As the ultimate dude ranch experience, additional activities include fishing, mountain biking, hiking, pickle-ball, Jeep adventure, tennis, a kids’ camp and more. Amenities include four tennis courts among the towering saguaro and ocotillo, several swimming pools, and more than 150 horses for lessons and rides from sun-up to sunset. A variety of lodging options, providing guests with spectacular scenic views of the desert and mountains, are tastefully decorated in traditional southwestern style with adobe walls and Santa Fe style architecture, perfectly complementing the beauty of the natural surroundings.”

You love it already, right?  Make sure to print out our FREE Summer Bucket List Printable and add a visit right to the top!

tanque verde ranch

There are so many things we loved about our trip!  Here are a few of the highlights!  Don’t just take our word for it though, check out the reviews on Hotels.com 



I absolutely love horses.  My parents owned a horse when I was very little. Getting in the saddle when we visited my grandparents was always a highlight of visits to the desert growing up. In college I paid for my own riding lessons. My kids and I had the opportunity to partner with a local horse camp for a few years and we all rode then.  We were so thrilled to have the opportunity to ride while at Tanque Verde Ranch! We all took at least one trail ride each day. Our kids enjoyed a lesson in the morning and the afternoon as well as a daily trail ride.  No matter how long your stay, children are matched with the same horse each day.  We only visited for two days, but our kids loved the connections they made with ‘their’ horses. While horseback riding experiences can be purchased a-la-carte, I highly suggest an all-inclusive package if your family would like to spend a lot of time on horses.

horse back riding

Kids Program!

Our family loved the Daily Kids Program.  Our kids loved being with camp counselors and kids their ages.  We loved that we were able to enjoy time by ourselves while they burned energy doing kid appropriate things.  Kids club is for kids ages 4-12. Upon arrival, kids join a group based on age – Buckaroos (4-6), Wranglers (7-9), and Outlaws (10-12).  These groups will take riding lessons, make crafts, play games, go on trail rides, and more together. The best part? The Daily Kids Program is complimentary to all guests on an all-inclusive package. Our kids are already begging to go back before our oldest ages out!

kids club included at tanque verde ranch

The kids eat lunch together in an air-conditioned dining room with other kids and camp counselors.  They were excited to watch a movie while cooling off and filling up on fruit salad, mac and cheese, veggies, burgers, and of course, dessert!  As a parent, I honestly loved that the kids had a separate space for breakfast and lunch. I got to enjoy breakfast and lunch with my husband all by myself, it was like we were on a mini getaway, just the two of us.  Kids all meet up with their parents by 4pm.  Ours were full of fun stories and tired out!

bucakroo bunkhouse

We all give the Kids Club two thumbs up!

The Food!

dinner options at Tanque Verde Ranch

This is my daughter in carnivore heaven.  I do my best to keep meat as a side dish, if present at all in our house.  When we go out the kids always order beef.  This one LOVES steak and she was thrilled to order off the adult menu!

I, on the other hand, was in pescatarian heaven.  I enjoyed Salmon the first night, Swordfish for lunch the following day, and Halibut at the Cowboy Cookout!

salmon at tanque verde ranch

Honestly, when I hear ‘dude ranch’ I don’t think about amazing cuisine.  I was expecting standard cowboy food, but boy was I wrong! I really looked forward to every meal.  Meals included an incredible buffet, but also cooked to order options.  I found that it was not at all hard to eat healthy. There were fresh salads, fish options, lean meats, and veggies.  Don’t worry, if you want something more decadent, there were plenty of choices there too. My littlest has a dairy allergy and we found the chef to be very accommodating.  There are several different dessert options, including a dairy-free sorbet.

salad at tanque verde ranch

Do not miss the Cowboy Cookout!  This outdoor BBQ has a huge buffet, live music, games, and more! This is included in the All-inclusive package. Check out their page for all the info, it is the perfect kiss goodnight after a day of riding and exploring the ranch.

Cowboy Cookout Tanque Verde Ranch

On our last day we enjoyed the Breakfast ride. This is also included in all-inclusive packages.  Guests enjoy a beautiful trail ride first thing in the morning.  We stopped on a hill with beautiful views and fresh made breakfast.

breakfast ride

This is the scene from breakfast!  You can see the resort in the distance.  It was wonderful to enjoy breakfast out in the open. Do not miss it.

Our Room!

There are only 69 rooms at the Ranch.  We enjoyed two nights in room 19. The room was a spacious, clean, and the decor complimented the desert backdrop.  Our room opened up to a large patio with a view of acres of giant Cacti. The sunrises and sunsets were downright magical. Make sure to check out our full room tour below.

tanque verde ranch room

As one might imagine, the summers are HOT in Arizona.  We visited in the middle of May and by mid-day the temperature rose to the mid 90s!  It is true what they say about a dry heat.  While the temperature was high, our family is used to more humidity.  While it was hot, it did not feel like the 90s we are used to.  We were pleasantly surprised!  We suggest taking trail rides early in the morning and spending lots of time at the pool during the middle of the day.  Take advantage of the indoor and outdoor pool.

pool tucson

When all else fails, a Prickly Pear margarita at the Saloon is sure to cool you down.

prickly pear margarita

Pro tip – bring your own Benadryl.  While none of us have a horse allergy, my husband and daughter found the pollen from the desert bloom to be irritating.  While you can purchase it at the gift shop, it is not open all hours and it is quite pricey. We plan on visiting again, but we will pack some Benadryl, just in case.

Want to see a tour of our room?

Our family was so thankful for the opportunity to be hosted by Tanque Verde Ranch.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to extend the invitation to one Highlights Along the Way subscriber to experience for themselves!  Make sure to check out how to enter below.  A huge thank you to Tanque Verde Ranch for hosting us and also for sponsoring this giveaway!

Update – this giveaway has ended!

desert bloom

One lucky subscriber will receive a two-night summer stay at Tanque Verde Ranch. The prize is a two-night, all-inclusive stay in a standard room and is valid for up to four guests, including accommodations, tax, and resort fee. Must be used by August 30, 2018. Please note this does NOT include travel expenses to Tanque Verde Ranch.  Tanque Verde Ranch is located in Tucson Arizona.  Please do not enter if you cannot travel to Tucson before August 30, 2018.

Not able to enter our giveaway? Make sure to pin this to save! Tanque Verde Ranch is open year round and it is a perfect place to consider for your family vacation!

tanque verde ranch family

Who wants to win a Summer Getaway?  (Our giveaway is over, but you should still plan on a trip!)

As with most of our giveaways, you must be a verified subscriber to Highlights Along the Way. Simply subscribe and leave us a comment letting us know who you would take with you to Tanque Verde Ranch.  That’s it! We also have several ways that you can earn more entries by engaging with us on social, but being a subscriber is the only requirement. Void where prohibited. This giveaway can only be entered by those ages 18 and up. This giveaway is valid only within the United States.

Enter for your chance to win in the Rafflecopter entry form below.  Giveaway starts NOW and will end on 6/2/2018. Winner will be chosen and notified by or before 6/5/2018. Winner will be contacted via email. Winner’s name will also be visible in the entry form (First name and last initial). Only the winner will be contacted. Winner MUST respond within 48 hours of winner announcement and provide a mailing address. If the winner does not respond within that time frame, the prize is forfeited and a new winner must be chosen. Booking is of course subject to availability, so winner should book as early as possible.  Again, this giveaway is for accommodations, meals, and activities, but it does not include travel to the destination.

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Best of luck to all!

Until Next Time ~ Kate
Categories:  Travel
  1. Tania Machado says:

    If I win, I would go with my husband and our two kids. It looks amazing! And I’m subscribed 😉

    • Meagan k says:

      I am a subscriber. I would go with my husband and 2 daughters before we move from California and create lasting memories.

  2. Alma A says:

    I am a subscriber. I would take my aunt for sure and any two relatives or friends that would be available. This sounds like an adventure we would enjoy in making great memories! Thank you!

  3. Tanque Verde Ranch looks like the perfect family vacation! – I’d take my family and a friend for our son to hang with!

  4. Susan says:

    I am a subscriber. This looks so amazing to take my husband and 2 boys. They would LOVE it!!!

  5. Erin Oldham says:

    This sounds like an amazing experience! I would take my almost10 year old and 22 year oldas willas my husband and myself and have a great family trip.

  6. Surbhi K says:

    I’m an email subscriber and I would take my hubby and my two young kiddos!

  7. Melissa D says:

    I would bring my husband, daughter and her bestie. We have never been on a full vacation before and would love the opportunity to be outdoors at the ranch!

  8. Rachel K says:

    Wow looks like it was a wonderful adventure! I’d take my family with me. Fingers crossed!

  9. Rio says:

    I’m subscribed and I’d bring my family!

  10. This looks AMAZING! I have been wanting to look into staying at Tanque Verde Ranch, checking out their website now!

  11. Heather says:

    This sounds amazing! I’d love to take my hubby and our two girls

    • Heather says:

      Sorry, my email was wrong in my first comment…I’d love to take my hubby and our two girls!! Email fixed!

  12. christine says:

    I would love to bring my family! I am a subscriber!

  13. Bo says:

    I am a subscriber! I would love to take my family with me!

  14. Elizabeth C. says:

    Wow, what a great place! I’m a subscriber and would love to take my husband and two girls for a relaxing getaway! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Tondi Greenberg says:

    This would be such a fun getaway with our two boys!

  16. Sasha flores says:

    I am a subscriber. I would take my daughter and husband.

  17. andrea bacon says:

    I would LOVE to take my husband & 2 sons. It would be a much needed getaway.


  18. I am a subscriber. 😉 I would take my loving kids and hubby because those two months of Summer vacay are going to be loooong. We’ll need to get out of the house or state to keep us all sane! Ha!

  19. Kelly says:

    I’m a subscriber and this would be AMAZING! I’ve got 2 young boys and they would be in heaven at the ranch. We could all use some away time together!


  20. Kelly says:

    I’m a subscriber and this would be AMAZING! I’ve got 2 young sons and they would be in heaven on the ranch. We could all use a getaway this summer!


  21. Julie B. says:

    We’ve never been to a dude ranch before! In fact, my kids have never been to Arizona before, but this sounds like an amazing adventure!

  22. Jennifer says:

    What an awesome opportunity! I’m an email subscriber and would love to do this with my husband and son! We have family nearby. It would be nice to have a place to stay and still be able to visit family!

  23. This sounds fantastic! I’d love to bring my husband and two sons to Tanque Verde Ranch! I am a subscriber. Thank you for this opportunity!


  24. Michaelyn P says:

    I am a happy subscriber and I would bring my family! Well, I guess I’d bring the hubby and 2/4 kids with me? lol

  25. Becky says:

    I would love to take my niece on this incredible get away to create some memories of a lifetime!

  26. Tonya S says:

    We’d love to stay at the ranch this summer. My husband and boys enjoy swimming and horseback riding. It’d be a wonderful stay-cation for my family.

  27. Jezel Bow says:

    Hi! I’m subscribed! I would bring my husband and 2 daughters. Both love horses and we live in Az. Thank you for this opportunity! Hoping we win!!

  28. Courtney L says:

    I’m a new subscriber and would love this! I would bring my friend Michele and her daughter along with my daughter. We love adventures together! Thank you!

  29. Carly Haynes says:

    A friend of mine just moved to Tucson and this would be a great excuse to go visit her!

  30. pattie says:

    I would take my mom, my chiclets and my nieces 🙂

  31. cas says:

    i am subscribed. such a fun trip! i’d take my kids and hubby.

  32. Courtney Russell says:

    Looks amazing! I would take my hubby and kiddos, I’m certain my kids would love it!

  33. Hazel M. says:

    I’m a subscriber! I would love to win this so I can take my hubby and 2 kiddos. We love road trips and AZ!

  34. CHRISTINA says:

    I love it, Your daughter has become the best tour guide. She is so professional and uses the terms just like a tour guide. I am glad to see your family had a wonderful time in Tucson.

  35. Christina P says:

    This looks like such a fabulous fun getaway! I would take my family. My kids would be fascinated by the horses and love the pool. I am subscribed.

  36. Lanette Johnson-Sullivan says:

    I would bring my mom, it would be a nice weekend getaway for her.

  37. Jennifer T says:

    This place looks AMAZING!!!!! I’d be bring my husband and two boys on this trip. We loooooove the desert. Arizona is such an amazingly beautiful place.

  38. Michelle says:

    The rooms, the food, the horseback riding! I can’t decide what I love more. I would love to win this!

  39. Jennie says:

    This looks like so much fun!!!

  40. Cynthia ansel says:

    Such a cool place I never knew something like this existed so pretty

  41. Viia Scurr says:

    This would be a dream! Glad you all had fun!

  42. Becky Neumann says:

    I’m a subscriber. If I won, I would take my husband, my son and my dad. This ranch looks incredible!

  43. Cory Boll says:

    This looks awesome!! My 8-yo and 15-yo daughters are so in love with horses. Why are equestrian camps so expensive?! To take them and my oldest daughter, who’s off to college in a few short months, would be an absolute dream. Thank you so much for the giveaway (and to the host as well!!) Thanks Kate 🙂

  44. Jennifer says:

    I would take my hubby on a well deserved date night! Then our kiddos can come up and hang out the next day

  45. Pamela Van Deelen says:

    I subscribe! I would take my husband and 2 kids! This sounds so much fun!

  46. Heather says:

    I’m a subscriber. I would love to take my husband and two kids to Tanque Verde Ranch. I would appreciate some time with my husband knowing my kids were close by also having a fun time of their own!

  47. Nichole Larrabee says:

    I’d go with my husband and two daughters

  48. Gabby says:

    We are a subscriber and love reading your blog! We would love to win! I would take my husband and my son plus one of his friends!

  49. Karen says:

    What a neat experience and trip! Fun memories for the kids too!

  50. Crysta says:

    I’d love to win this!! My son and daughter would enjoy this trip!!!

  51. Jennifer says:

    This would be amazing I would take my husband and 2 daughters well 3 daughters the others is 4 months old! Thanks for the opportunity

  52. Angie says:

    We’d love to attend! Myself, Husband and 6 year old. We have family in Tucson that we could visit as well ☺️ Pick us!

  53. cep says:

    I am an email subscriber. This would be a blast to take my kids!

  54. Angie says:

    Oh, by the way, we are subscribers! Pick us! we’d loooove to go!! Hubby, self and 6 year old daughter who loves cowgirl boots and horses!!

  55. Nidia H says:

    What a great giveaway! I would definitely take my family! Kids are getting older, great way to make more family memories.

  56. Chris Nelson says:

    We never don’t these type of trips trips! Would love to take my husband and kids!!

  57. Amy says:

    Oh how fun this would be., a great family adventure. So glad i am a subscriber to this blog. THank you for the chance and good luck everyone.

  58. Michelle says:

    Glad I find your site, I’m a new subscriber 🙂 would love a staycation with my family to TVR! Never been and would love to!

  59. Angelica M says:

    I am a new subscriber 🙂 This would be awesome and of course I would take my husband along with me 😉

  60. Sabrina Paul says:

    Your trip looks amazing!! How fun! If I were to win, I would take my kids 🙂 My daughter is an adult and my son is a teenager, so I am always looking for small getaways, so that we can hang out and make memories together!!

  61. Tracy Evitts says:

    Great article! I would love to take my husband and boys to check out TVGR. We live in Tucson and I’ve always wanted to visit Tanque Verde Guest Ranch.

  62. Xury Broyles says:

    I would bring my husband and two boys to this oasis in the Sonoran desert. I am a subscriber.

  63. Xury B. says:

    I am a subscriber. My husband and I were married at TVGR in Sept. 2004. I would love to surprise him and our 2 boys with a trip there.

  64. Xury B. says:

    I am a subscriber. My husband and I were married at TVGR in Sept. 2004. I would love to surprise him and our two boys with a trip there. The ranch is a gem in the Old Pueblo.

  65. Amy Cunningham says:

    What a fabulous trip. Looks like so much fun!

  66. Marielle Weaver says:

    We are moving from Wyoming to Arizona in 3 weeks. This would be fun to do

  67. We are subscribed and I’d take my boys!

  68. Jennylou says:

    We would love this trip and it would make for an amazing part of our AZ summer. Our friends of 10 years in Henderson and our family in Avalon is reason enough to go to AZ but this would be sweet! My family of 4 plus baby have yet to be in Arizona. And yes I’m a longtime subscriber 🙂

  69. Erin Torres says:

    We are Tucson natives but have never visited TVGR. It looks amazing! I would bring my hubby, my son and my mom.

  70. Yvonne says:

    Just subscribed, and would love to win this fabulous vacation!

  71. Eddie Lebron says:

    Subscribed. Would love to take my wife and daughter.

  72. Trish Martini says:

    New subscriber! Happy to find this blog! My kids and I, would love a break and a get-away! We have never experienced TVGR!

  73. tammy says:

    hi i am a subscriber, and would take my hubby, and my best friend and her husband also!

  74. Ginnie says:

    I would take my husband and daughters. I’m a subscriber!

  75. Sarah says:

    Subscriber here! I would take my brother and our parents as a high school graduation celebration:)

  76. Mayra D says:

    I am extremely interested in staying there. My sister came back from a trip a few days ago and only had great things to say about her experience. She mentioned the staff was awesome. If I get the chance to go I want to take my newly single mom, nephew, sister and her kids. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  77. Paola M says:

    Subscribed I would love the chance to take my two daughters and nephew. With summer vacation right around the corner this mini trip would be so nice for them. Thanks for sharing this giveway with your subscribers.

  78. Susan Neely says:

    I would take my kids because when I was there age Tanque Verde was my favorite place to go with my parents. We have the best memories from the ranch and I would love for my children to be able to create those memories with me.

  79. Kara says:

    Our family of four would love to go in Juneau August to Tanque Verde Ranch! We have never been on a vacation that is all inclusive, what a treat that would be!

  80. Elaine says:

    This place looks fun

  81. Anne N. says:

    I’m an email subscriber. My 2 kids love to ride horses and would love to bring them to this amazing place. Thank you for the chance and writing about this great place.

  82. Christina V says:

    I am a subscriber and would love to take my mother and two children to this amazing place <3

  83. Claire E Hyde says:

    I’m subscribed, and if I won, I would take my three kids with me! Creating memories is so important to us, and we love us some road trips! <3

  84. Heather says:

    I’m a subscriber and I would take my hubby and 3 kids! I have another friend that has gone to this amazing ranch and just loved it just as much as your family! Horseback riding would be top on our list!

  85. Oh my gosh – what a great place! I love the video your daughter did on YouTube…so cute! This looks like the perfect place to make family memories <3

  86. Jamie Porter says:

    Im am so glad i saw this opportunity. What a wonderful way to spend time with the family and expose children to something adventurous! We are ready to win this!

  87. Nathan says:

    Just signed up! I would bring along my partner Stephanie and our two friends from Phoenix. Always see the sign for the ranch when we are out at the Douglas Spring Trail.

  88. Miranda says:

    subscribed! We would love it! Love horses! It would be my husband who is a teacher and is off for the summer and my kids! This would be so awesome!!!

  89. Subscribed! This would be so awesome as my husband is a teacher and is off for the summer! It wold be us and my two kids! We love horses!!!

  90. Steph C. says:

    This looks like an awesome vacation! I have been going through chemo and would love to take my amazing boyfriend, who has been with me through this rough time, someplace where we can get away and forget for a few days!

  91. Sam says:

    I would take my son mom and my niece.

  92. Catherine N. says:

    Wow! I would love to take my husband and two children.

  93. Alma London says:

    This place looks amazing. I would love to vacation there. I’m also a subscriber.

  94. Paul A. says:

    Subscriber. Would love to take my family. Wife and 2 boys.

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