Local Activities

Tee off into the desert mountains at some of the best golf courses in the country. Just minutes away from the Ranch, explore the finest desert golf in Tucson, surrounded by mountains and towering cacti. Special rates are available at select courses for Tanque Verde guests. Please check with concierge for details.  800-234-3833

Tucson offers a plethora of unique shopping areas to discover, with art galleries, craft stores, souvenir stands and antique shops. Wander through popular retail destinations where you will find authentic and one-of-a-kind items. For those who enjoy a more modern shopping experience, the Tucson Mall is home to many popular retailers.

Explore the depths of Arizona caves and caverns and discover a variety of fascinating crystallized limestone formations. Guided tours are offered at several cave sights in the Tucson area. Check with concierge for more information.  800-234-3833

Hot Air Ballooning
Tucson is home to several professional hot air balloon ride establishments. Float up into the air and look down over the breathtaking desert landscape and enjoy a peaceful sunrise or a fiery sunset. Few sites are as memorable as the Sonoran Desert and Arizona mountains from a bird's eye view.


SkyNights at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter
SkyNights is a popular after-dark program that takes advantage of the unique capabilities of theSkyCenter for experiencing the heavens. The SkyNights experience is offered virtually every night throughout the year. Learn the constellations, observe interesting atmospheric phenomena, and view the wonders of the cosmos from a high-quality astronomicalsite using an outstanding 32-inch telescope.

Mount Lemmon offers extraordinary scenic views of the desert and mountains, whether you’re downhill skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer. Only an hour's drive from the Ranch, Mount Lemmon is a great place to experience with family or friends during your stay at Tanque Verde.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Visit a natural history museum, world-renowned zoo and botanical garden all in one at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Boasting 21 acres of desert landscape, 1,200 different varieties of plants and 300 animal species, you won’t want to miss out on this unique and educational experience.


Walk the very same streets in Tombstone, Arizona that Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo, Ike Clanton and a host of other Western Legends walked over 130 years ago. Tombstone is considered the most authentic Western Town left in the United States and includes some great museums, gun-fight reenactments and tours. Find out why it is considered "The Town Too Tough to Die."