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The Arizona desert appeals to young adventurers wanting to feed their appetite for thrills and exploration. At this family-friendly resort near Tucson, the Ritz Kids Ranger program shares lessons on health, history and the environment through fun games, experiments and activities. And while outdoor camping might be out of the question, kids can feel the sensation of sleeping under the stars with the hotel’s in-room camping experience.

The Dove Mountain Ritz Kids Rangers invite our guests ages 5-12 to join in a unique and exciting journey of discovery as they explore the meaning of the “Spirit of Adventure” that lives here at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. 

We offer two unique 3 hour programs daily, starting at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., in the Dove Mountain Ritz Kids Ranger Headquarters. Young explorers are welcome to join us for the Half Day Expedition by participating in only one of the two programs offered or the more adventurous among them may opt for the Full Day Expedition and participate in both programs offered. Participants in the Full Day Expedition will be served a healthy lunch between adventures and will have the opportunity to enjoy more personalized time with their Ranger guide.

A sampling of currently offered programs includes:

  • Things We Eat – Delve into varieties of food, where they come from and who eats what. Look at different foods people eat around the world and be shocked by how far some of our own food travels. Through a variety of unique activities and games, we will have you asking, “What exactly are the things we eat?”
  • Our Desert Friends - Discover all the unique features that make our Sonoran Desert different than all other deserts of the world as well as honor the legacy left behind from the civilizations of long, long ago. Create a habitat for your favorite desert friend and finish the morning with a Desert Detective Scavenger Hunt to see how many of our plants and animals you can identify.
  • What Is a Good Tree? – Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein guide this activity by helping explain the value of the tree through their heart-warming and inspiring stories. Young guests will expand upon the lessons through a variety of games and activities that will remind us just how important trees are and why they are so special.
  • Living Deserts – Find out about all the special critters that call the desert home and some of the fascinating ways they have adapted to live there. We look at different deserts around the world while asking how life can "beat the heat" through a variety of experiments, games, and art projects.


Full Day Expedition
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Includes lunch
$135 per child

Half Day Expedition
9 a.m - 12 p.m. OR 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$70 per child 

Ritz Kids Night Out
The fun doesn’t end at sundown. While parents enjoy a quiet night on their own, the fun and games continues. Young explorers will enjoy dinner, arts and crafts, a movie, and fun playing at our arcade.

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Includes dinner
$99 per child

For more information and reservations please call (520) 572-3000. Reservations are required for all Ritz Kids Rangers programs at least 24 hours in advance. Cancellations are requested 24 hours in advance or the full cost of the program will be charged. All programs are limited to participants aged 5 to 12 years. We require closed toed shoes, sunscreen and a hat for all day time activities.  

In-Room Camping for children visiting with their friends and families will do away with the traditional rollaway bed and replace it with an in-room tent large enough to become a private home-away-from-home for younger guests. The In-Room Tent Experience will feature The Ritz-Carlton tent delivery to the family’s guest room, tent setup, a fun and educational book about Arizona’s spectacular High Sonoran Desert, and a keepsake desert tortoise stuffed animal. In-Room Camping not only provides “shelter” for young travelers; it also helps them imagine what the same tent adventure must have been like for the early cowboy settlers who slept outdoors under the desert stars, in the midst of the same lush Saguaro cactus forest that surrounds the resort. 

For reservations or more information, please call (520) 572-3050. 

In-Room Tent Experience is based upon availability. Excludes applicable state and local taxes. Advance reservations are required. The $99 includes tent delivery and setup, an educational and fun book about the High Sonoran Desert, and a keepsake desert tortoise stuffed animal.

Give your child the gift of adventure! The Ritz Kids Adventure Package makes it easy to experience the best of what The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has to offer our younger guests. Watch their faces light up as they are surprised by an overnight camp out with the In-room tent experience. Join them on a fun Family Geocaching adventure. Let us appeal to their innate curiosity and creativity through our custom crafted Ritz-Kids Rangers programs. Then top it all off with a Kid’s Ranger Shirt to take home as a memento of their unforgettable experience. 

The Ritz Kids Adventure Package is $200 and includes: 

  • Family Geocaching experience (a $60 value)
  • Half-day Ritz Kids Rangers program (a $70 value)
  • In-room tent experience (a $99 value)
  • Kid’s Ranger Shirt (a $40 value)

For more information and reservations please call (520) 572-3000. Reservations are required for all Ritz Kids Rangers programs at least 24 hours in advance. Cancellations are requested 24 hours in advance or the full cost of the program will be charged. Ritz Kids Rangers programs are limited to participants aged 5 to 12 years. Applicable state and local taxes apply.