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We know that packing the appropriate attire makes for a better trip, so we're helping you pack your bags for "dude-luxe" horseplay at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.
Let's start with footwear. While barrel racing and penning dogies, all gringos and horseback enthusiasts should wear traditional western boots with smooth soles. Trot off in a dusty cloud of confidence wearing comfy Lucchese or Lamas to the Sonoran Desert Breakfast ride.
But toss in your tennis togs as well since full courts and lessons are available. And don't forget some good hiking boots for those guided nature walks, exploring the Sonoran Desert's diverse flora and fauna.
If you're into cycling, you might also want to bring your biking shoes (and some sweat wicking clothing) as the ranch offers mountain bikes with which you can ride through over 600 single- track trails framed by the Rincon and Catalina mountain ranges.
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven Claire heads to a dude ranch. Enjoy.
As winter descends on us, the idea of immersing oneself in the parched desert becomes more and more appealing. While buried beneath a few feet of snow, a fantasy of galloping on horseback through the sands of Arizona helps with the defrosting process.
Dude ranches are a way to live out this fantasy. And Arizona's Circle Z is the most effective way to live out our post-Nickelodeon Hey Dude" dreams in real life. The place recently reopened for business for the season on October 28:
A guest ranch operated continuously since 1926. Celebrating 82 years of excellence, the Circle Z Ranch is situated on 6,500 acres at 4,000 feet altitude.
Guests ride ranch-bred horses through the foothills of the historic Santa Rita Mountains and under huge cottonwood trees along the ever-flowing Sonoita Creek. As a quiet, family oriented ranch, we put emphasis on riding and down-home hospitality.
Giddy Up! The only thing bursting our bubble is that we need some dough. In the high season (basically now through April), weekly stays start at $1140 per adult. Children ages 6-15 are $785 for the week and children under six are much cheaper at $455, but they can't ride the horsies.
The stays are Sunday to Sunday and a three-night minimum is required. Ok then...now Giddy Up!