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Best Horseback Riding with a Date

Tanque Verde Ranch

If you have the urge to briefly get away with a date and bone-up on your circus horsemanship, this is the place to overnight or weekend and just ride. Daily equestrian adventures into the desert are part of the room package at this four-star guest ranch resort (you must book at least one night to ride, but Arizona residents get a price break). Except for their tendency to stumble over javelina, the 120 or so horses are well behaved. The ranch has Arizona's largest stable of riding horses and 640 sprawling acres to ride in the lush desert foothills of the Rincon Mountains, adjacent to Saguaro National Park. It's the perfect first date: "Sure, honey, we can ride horses, but we have to stay the night!"