Our family travel series continues with Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck (Mama B.). Every month, Nadine showcases a fabulous destination- showcasing five things about visiting the hot spot.
This month, we’re helping you connect with your inner cowboy or cowgirl, as no hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.
If you dream of riding off into the sunset via horseback, you’ll find deep satisfaction and immense tranquility at what’s dubbed one of the best dude ranches in the country: Tanque Verde. Founded in 1868 and nestled at the base of the Rincon Mountains in Tucson, sits an escape boasting stunning southwest charm. It’s the ultimate spot for a unique vacation, providing an assortment of activities that gifts visitors an intimate connection with nature.
Where to stay:
Tanque Verde Ranch is over 60,000 acres, offering guests an array of lodging options. Dressed in traditional adobe flare, you can book a room, casita, or the holy grail: a Hacienda, the most luxurious space, capturing sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert. Able to accommodate two to six people, these radiant suites flaunt a fireplace, kitchenette, and private patio (ideal for families!).
Where to play:
To keep busy, endure in Tanque Verde’s fun-filled activities. Surely, the big draw to the place is the hundreds of horses. Whether you’re new to riding or quite skilled, there’s something special for everyone (including kids!), ensuring each visitor leaves with a sacred bond to the beautiful animals. There are numerous rides available including: a sunrise/sunset ride, breakfast ride, lunch ride, walk ride, lope ride, mountain ride, and private rides. Each adventure takes you deep into the mountainous terrain dressed in colorful desert landscape.
There are action-packed schedules and offerings for adults and kids; the daily Kids Program is full of age appropriate activities for ages 4-12 and is complimentary for all-inclusive paying guests.
In addition, the ranch offers hiking, mountain biking and more. And if all else feels, relax at the indoor and outdoor pools.
Where to feast:
During your stay, one’s appetite is always taken into consideration serving three meals daily. Don’t miss the bi-weekly Cowboy Cook Out, a BBQ experience full of meats, cornbread, fruit and dessert. Take a seat fireside while taking in the live music and savoring the lovely atmosphere. And if you’re thirsty, the saloon is open every evening.
What to bring:
Remember, life is better in cowboy boots. Get that wardrobe ready to ride. Jeans are a must, and you might want to invest in a cowboy hat to truly play the part.
There are plenty of seasonal packages available, and it’s recommended to go the all-inclusive route. Try to plan your trip around a Wednesday or Saturday evening, as that’s when they do the cookout extravaganzas.
Written by: Nadine Bubeck
Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)