Nestled on the outskirts of Tucson, the Tanque Verde Ranch, is an ideal spot for exploring the surrounding mountains and desert. Each day is a new activity, with lots of fun in the desert sun. Our guides are not only hiking experts but talented artists as well so will offer sketching opportunities on several hikes. We'll start the week with a Cowgirl Cookout and spend some time improving our riding skills and strengthening our hiking legs on nearby trails. A trip to southern Arizona wouldn't be complete without an opportunity to also explore its culture and cuisine. So we will travel south one day to hike at Madera Canyon then visit Tubac - a Spanish presidio turned artist colony for a refreshing prickly pear margarita and time to visit the many galleries and shops. We couldn't leave out a trip to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, described as a fusion experience that's part zoo, part botanical garden, part art gallery, part natural history museum, and part aquarium! With Tanque Verde Ranch as our base, there's a little something for everyone on this Sonoran Desert adventure! Maximum group size: 13
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This trip is for women in good physical condition who can hike for three to six hours a day in a desert environment. There will be hikes of over six miles on four of the days and also some time to relax at the ranch. You will have the option to participate in all of the hikes if you train for a level 3 rated trip by engaging in aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross-country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. Rating: 1   4 5.
This is primarily a hiking trip with a few opportunities ride at the ranch and explore some of the other highlights and flavors of the desert southwest. We hike some of the areas highlights, including Saguaro National Park, Madera Canyon, Sabino Canyon and Mt. Lemmon to get a feel for the amazing diversity of this landscape. We'll also have a basic riding lesson and walk ride at the beginning and then have the option for a sunset ride later in the trip. There are also opportunities at the ranch to to go mountain biking, take a yoga lesson, or just relax and explore the many beautiful acres of desert on your own, especially if you want to arrive early or stay after the trip ends. There are so many options to make this a truly one-of-a-kind adventure!
There are five double-occupancy "salas" rooms available each with two queen beds, as well as two double or single occupancy "casitas" for a supplement. All of the rooms are located on the north side of the property in "Quail Hollow" with a nice grassy courtyard that invites you to relax and enjoy the sunset with your travel companions. The casitas are more spacious with their own sitting areas and are available for a supplement of $700, which can be as a single supplement or shared for an upgraded double. Both are described here.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Our guides Alexa and Brenda were awesome. They balanced our group hiking abilities very well so everyone could have optimal trip enjoyment at every turn!
Each day was a new adventure. We walked in a different vegetative habitat and saw different animals. The guides worked well together and adapted to the groups needs The group was one of the most enjoyable group of women I have had on a trip
Two terrific, knowledgeable, and supportive guides and a great group of women.
The variety of planned hikes and other activities, relaxed setting, PHENOMENAL guides, and the great/ easy-going group members. It was also special to see how well Brenda and Alexa worked together--- they made it seem like play, which further enhanced the experience.
Wonderful group of women
I really enjoyed the ranch; it was a great central place to partake of our daily adventures and gave guests the option to join the guided activities or stay behind to enjoy ranch life.