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Planning Your Trip

Set amid the stunning Sonoran Desert, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain provides an escape like no other. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate golf retreat, adventurous hiking excursions or just some fun in the sun, here’s what to pack for your getaway.



There’s so much to do in this sun-soaked desert destination, a weekend might not seem like enough time, but you can cover a lot of ground with the right guidance on what to pack.






  • While the Tucson area is known for its nearly perpetual sunshine, temperatures can dip into the chilly zone during winter. Be sure to bring along warmer layers for evenings spent outdoors.
  • Hikers of all levels will want to pack a pair of trail-ready shoes — The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is nestled in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains, making it the perfect starting point for a rigorous hike or an easy morning stroll.
  • In the warmer months, you’ll want to spend time poolside, so be sure to pack a bathing suit or two, along with some stylish cover-ups to take you from the pool to the patio for happy hour.


Home to forests of saguaros, hidden waterfalls and stunning mountain peaks, the Sonoran Desert is a truly unique outdoor paradise. Whether you’re hiking through a national park, cycling through town. Here’s what to pack to make the most of your stay.




  • For trekking through the desert’s rugged terrain, leave the sandals and casual sneakers at home and opt for a sturdy pair of hiking boots instead.
  • Weather in the desert can mean crisp mornings and warm afternoons; pack convertible hiking pants that you can change from pants to shorts.
  • For birding or wildlife spotting, bring along binoculars. The region is home to unique flora and fauna that are worth a closer look.
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The combination of world-class golf resorts, 300-plus days of annual sunshine and stunning desert landscapes make Tucson a dream destination for expert and novice golfers alike.






  • Bring your own set of clubs (and gloves) if you plan to book multiple tee times.
  • Standard golf attire for men consists of collared shirts, slacks and golf shorts while women may do the same, or wear dresses and skirts that fall below mid-thigh.
  • A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with SPF will help keep you protected from the Sonoran sun, which can be intense in summer.

Don't Forget:

If visiting in the warm summer months, be sure to pack a few swimwear options. You’ll likely want to spend lots of time by the resort pool.

For the most part, Tucson is a relaxed town where few things require a reservation. But there are exceptions — and most of them are things you won’t want to miss. From teeing it up on the stunning mountain courses to relaxing in one of the country’s best spas, here’s what to book during your Sonoran sojourn.

Tee Times

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Legendary golf champion Jack Nicklaus took advantage of the High Sonoran Desert setting to integrate strategy and variety into his Signature Design Tucson golf resort’s landscape at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. Home to 27 holes with unique challenges and distinct character, the course is a must-play for any golf aficionado. If you’re looking to work on your skills, private lessons and group clinics are available and can be tailored to any skill level.  


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The Sonoran Desert is home to hiking and biking aplenty — just step out your backdoor at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and onto a trailhead for a vigorous morning hike. To go even deeper into the desert, though, book a 4x4 tour with Trail Dust Jeep Tours or a horseback ride with White Stallion Ranch. No matter which vehicle you choose, you’ll enjoy a rugged ride into the heart of the desert, where wildlife and ancient petroglyphs are easily spotted.


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Tap into your little ones’ innate curiosity by introducing them to the natural wonders and rich cultural traditions at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Kiddos ages 5–12 can join in on a unique and exciting journey of discovery with the Dove Mountain Ritz Kids Ranger Program. The daylong agenda includes things like testing their rodeo skills, learning how life thrives in the desert and reveling in stories by Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.

Spa Appointments

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Recognized as the No. 1 spa in Arizona by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, a trip to The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain is a journey in and of itself. Treatments are inspired by the time-honored traditions of the Sonoran Desert, and peace and serenity manifest in services like the Gemstone Healing Massage and Desert Gemstone Ritual.

Set in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, where margaritas are infused with prickly pear and the forests are full of cactuses, Tucson is a destination like no other. Discover hiking trails that challenge your stamina as they delight your senses. Indulge in the world-class cuisine that earned the city a designation as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy. Challenge your golf game on courses designed by the pros. And when the day is done, retreat back to your luxury accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, where the beauty of the desert is just outside your backdoor.


Home to forests of cactuses, hidden waterfalls and stark mountain peaks, the Sonoran Desert is a truly unique outdoor paradise. With nearly 300 days of sunshine each year, there are countless opportunities to connect with the land. Whether you’re hiking through a national park, mountain biking into a canyon or stargazing at the vast night skies, the desert’s rugged beauty is sure to inspire awe.  


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Family Vacation Fun

With vast landscapes begging to be explored, nearly 300 days of sunshine every year and a rich sense of culture and history, Tucson, Arizona, is the perfect destination for a family getaway. Bring out their inner adventurer with hikes through the sprawling desert, where nature’s unique flora and fauna are the star of the show.  




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