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Hiking in Arizona at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain

The Giant Saguaro Cacti at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain

We never tire of the stark beauty of the desert southwest. A recent work trip brought us to the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain for a week, giving us the opportunity to hike the canyons, do some geocaching and see the giant saguaro cacti. We were impressed with these giants of the desert that can grow to over 30 feet tall and live to be over 200 years old!

The Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain is a magnificent hotel and spa complex tucked neatly into the mouth of a desert canyon outside of Tucson, Arizona. New for the summer at Dove Mountain are two geocaching courses, making use of over 20 miles of hiking trails at the resort.

For those unfamiliar with the concept of geocaching, it is a sport played using GPS devices to find hidden containers called caches out in the landscape. It’s kind of a scavenger hunt guided by satellite. We have geocached sporadically on our travels (Egypt, Italy, Czech Republic and in about 10 States) and thought we would try it here.

The hotel can provide GPS units, allowing guests to tackle one of two courses – a family course which is nearly flat and a more adventurous course for older children. We did the family course and thought it plenty challenging. This was a great way to get out, hike and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the desert.

The Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain is a stunningly beautiful property and an amazing relaxing getaway. We can’t wait to come back here for some relaxation in the future!

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The Giant Saguaro Cactus Towers over the Desert Floor at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain

Giant Saguaro Cactus at Dove Mountain

 

Hikers at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain on the Wild Burro Trail

Hikers on Wild Burro Trail at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

 

Cacti blooming red flowers at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain

Cactus in Bloom at Dove Mountain

 

In several places at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain you can find Native American petroglyphs carved into the rock

Indian Petroglyphs at Dove Mountain

 

This dead weather tree sits guard atop a hill at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain

Dead Tree, Dove Mountain

 

The cacti bloom in the spring in bright colors

Cactus in Bloom, Dove Mountain

 

In May, the cacti were in bloom - featuring bright reds and yellows

Cactus in Bloom, Dove Mountain

 

The secluded spa at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain has a lavish spa pool

Spa Pool at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

 

The Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain has a nature program, which includes an albino snake

Albino Snake in the Ritz-Carlton Nature Program

 

The giant desert tortoise still lives in the Arizona desert.  This one was at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain.

Giant Desert Tortoise

 

The beauty of the Arizona desert at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

The Desert Around Dove Mountain

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