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. 

The property is more than 60,000 acres, offering guests an array of lodging options. Dressed in traditional adobe flair, you can book a room, casita or the holy grail—an 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.

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 skilled, the Ranch ensures visitors will leave with a sacred bond to the beautiful animals.

In addition, the ranch offers hiking, mountain biking and more. And if all else fails, relax poolside or indulge in a spa treatment.

During your stay, one’s appetite is always taken into consideration serving three meals daily. Don’t miss the weekly cookout, a barbecue 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.

Remember, life is better in cowboy boots. Get that wardrobe ready to ride.