America's Best Dude Ranches
Courtesy of Tanque Verde Ranch
Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, AZ
An upscale, 60,000-acre resort near Tucson,
Tanque Verde is best visited in spring or fall, when temperatures are cooler
and the desert more lush. The surrounding Sonoran Desert landscape, strewn with
saguaro and prickly pear cacti, is a world away from that of the typical Rocky
Mountain ranch, but horseback riding reigns equally supreme.
have the choice of three 90-minute rides daily through the countryside, a
six-hour all-day ride, or the combination of rides and a group arena lesson to
hone techniques (sunset rides and private lessons cost extra).
guests; 180 horses.