Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Tanque Verde Ranch recognized as the #1 Resort in Texas and the Southwest, with a score of 97.42. This score also placed Tanque Verde Ranch among the Top 10 overall travel experiences in the U.S.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized as not only the best resort in the Southwest, but also among the top 10 vacation destinations in the country,” said General Manager Rita Cote. “Here at Tanque Verde Ranch, guests return year-after-year for an authentic western experience that allows them to disconnect from their devices and reconnect with themselves and the great outdoors. Miles away from the stresses of city life, our visitors can spend their time bonding with horses on the trail and exploring the unique landscape on horse, bike or foot; all while learning new skills and making new friends.”

Front Lawn Tanque Verde Ranch

Front Lawn of Tanque Verde Ranch. Photo courtesy Tanque Verde Ranch

Over 300,000 dedicated readers – nearly twice as many as last year — cast votes for 7,394 hotels, 606 cities, 500 cruise ships, and 236 islands, in an average survey time of 8.4 minutes. The result? The 1,402 best travel experiences in the world.

Tanque Verde Ranch offers an authentic western dude ranch experience in a resort-like atmosphere, set along 60,000 acres within Tucson, Ariz.’s cacti-laden hills, which weave through the Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest. Owned and operated by the Cote family for nearly 80 years, the historic ranch is home to over 160 horses, spacious Southwestern-style accommodations, and an abundance of daily outdoor activities and educational experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy. All-inclusive rates include three daily meals prepared by the ranch’s expert culinary team, led by new Executive Chef Justin Macy, and a selection of activities included on the daily schedule – ranging from horseback riding lessons and trails, to mountain biking, fishing, yoga, water color classes, and more. Guests can also enjoy a supervised daily kids program, and special bi-weekly events like Cowboy Cookout BBQs with live music and line dancing, morning breakfast rides to the Old Homestead, and pop- up local artisan shops, all included in the nightly rates.

Tanque Verde Trail Riders

Trail rides at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch. Photo courtesy Tanque Verde Ranch.

Tanque Verde Ranch shares this “best in the west” recognition with sister property Grand View Lodge in Brainerd, MN, which was recognized by the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards as the #3 top resort in the Midwest. Another historic resort owned and operated by the Cote Family, Grand View Lodge celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year. A century after its founding in 1916, the lodge continues to offer a variety of restaurants, seasonal activities, championship golf courses, world renowned spa, and some of the best accommodations in the state.

“To have both Grand View Lodge and Tanque Verde Ranch recognized for their excellence by Conde Nast readers is a terrific honor,” said Cote Family Companies CEO Scott Siler. “The properties are unique in their offerings and their locations, so for readers to single them both out is a credit to the staffs of each resort. We are so proud of them and pleased that their guest service efforts have been appreciated.”

Dog House Saloon Tanque Verde Ranch

Dog House Saloon at Tanque Verde Ranch. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 25, 2016. The full list is published exclusively online, at

Read about Susan's stay at Tanque Verde Ranch.

About Tanque Verde Ranch:

Located on 60,000 acres of Tucson’s breathtaking desert landscape, Tanque Verde Ranch revives the spirit of the Old West by providing guests with expansive accommodations, authentic dining, unparalleled amenities, and an abundance of activities such as horseback riding lessons, trail rides, hiking, mountain biking, tennis, swimming, fishing and more. Tanque Verde Ranch also offers a highly regarded supervised kids program as part of all- inclusive rates, and is home to the La Sonora Spa. For more information, please visit

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About Condé Nast Traveler:

As the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen’s bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with 6 National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 28-year history. Advertising Age named Pilar Guzmán Editor of the Year in 2014 and attained 4 Webby Awards since 2015.

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