Tables set for an elegant al fresco event around the Turquesa Pool

Planning Your Trip

Arizona’s desert climate makes it a year-round getaway. Summers are extremely hot, but fall and winter evenings amid the mountains can be crisp or even freezing. There is a lot to experience at the resort, from its three swimming pools to its three golf courses, so you will want to arrive prepared for your romantic weekend or family vacation.

What to Pack

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.

Weekend 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.
Outdoor Adventure

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.
Golf Getaway

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.
Ritz Carlton Hotel image
Ritz Carlton Hotel image
What to Reserve

Chances are if you’re arriving from Phoenix or a even city more far-flung, you will want to spend most of your time experiencing the resort. Championship golf, a holistic spa treatment inspired by the desert, children’s activities and outdoor excursions should all be arranged prior to arrival.

Ritz Carlton Hotel image
Ritz Carlton Hotel image

The resort offers the perfect destination for a quick weekend getaway from Phoenix or an annual family vacation. Hikes amid cacti forests and hidden waterfalls, a meal worthy of Tucson’s UNESCO World City of Gastronomy title, a gemstone-inspired spa treatment and an afternoon swim are among the itineraries designed by the resort’s local experts.