I’m just back from two days in the saddle and on the ground photographing at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona with J Public Relations firm.
Tanque Verde is a beautiful cattle and guest ranch just outside the city of Tucson, situated on 60,000 acres of gorgeous desert landscape. The property also is located adjacent to Saguaro National Park, home to its namesake cactus.
The property boasts all the amenities of a luxury hotel, however the authentic American West experience is what really drew me in. I’ve loved horses since I was a child and take every opportunity to pack my riding boots for a shoot. The desert landscape is expressed beautifully at Tanque Verde.
The ranch offers walks with a naturalist guide who can identify the myriad native plants and animals that you’ll see either on foot or on horseback.
Certain nights they offer an outdoor bbq, complete with fire pits and margaritas – their signature prickly pear margarita is not to be missed! You can get those at the Dog House saloon which is open daily. If you want to take your holiday relaxation to the next level, check out their spa offerings.
I could have easily spent a week photographing at Tanque Verde, and I look forward to my next visit!
Horses at Tanque Verde Ranch, a dude ranch located on the outskirts of the Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ
A road runner, one of the birds native to the area.
Joe Valdez, legendary cowboy, at the stables at Tanque Verde Ranch
The prickly pear margarita, the signature drink at Tanque Verde Ranch
The Tanque Verde Ranch Spa, for more relaxation
A young cowboy demonstrating roping
The Tanque Verde Ranch, a dude ranch located on the outskirts of the Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ
An evening ride through the property of Tanque Verde Ranch
The outdoor bbq complete with fire pits and live music