The Lodge at Ventana Canyon is nested in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Sonoran Desert, near Tucson, Arizona.

This is a beautiful destination for golfers and nature lovers. One half of the 1,100 resort acres have been carefully preserved as a natural habitat. Guests can observe and enjoy unique desert flora and fauna, including saguaros cacti, palo verde, mesquite, deer, rabbits, coyotes and Gambel's quail. The resort grounds are bordered by the Coronado National Forest.

The two 18-hole championship courses were designed by Tom Fazio and have been recognized for their conservation and preservation efforts by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. The resort's signature hole is the #3 of the Mountain Course which offers spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert. Guests can take private lessons or participate in golf clinics for all ability levels.

The property offers 12 hard surface tennis courts and a stadium exhibition court where guests can participate in various tennis tournaments. The outdoor swimming pool area includes a heated pool, lounge chairs, play areas and a children's wading pool. There is a 24-hour Fitness Center as well as an outdoor Fitness Course with a variety of exercise stations. The salon offers hair styling, make-up application, manicures, pedicures, facials and massages.

Rooms & Food

50 guest suites are luxurious and spacious, measuring from 800 to 1,500 square feet. Private balconies and patios offer panoramic views of the course, city lights and the surrounding Santa Catalina Mountains. The suites are decorated in warm desert colors.

Hearthstone is the main restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows and scenic views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It features American cuisine with Southwestern influences. Guests can dine outdoors on the Sabino Terrace and enjoy spectacular desert sunsets. If you prefer a casual meal, try the Sierra Bar or the Golf House.

The resort is set in the Sonoran Desert near the "Old West" city of Tucson. Area attractions include the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Biosphere II, Kitt Peak Observatory, San Xavier Mission, Saguaro National Monument and Old Tucson Studios.

Things to Do Nearby

Guests can enjoy the grounds and take a guided tour along the nature trail. The concierge can arrange a number of activities including hot-air ballooning, scenic helicopter tours, desert jeep tours, horseback riding, soaring, rock climbing, mountain biking and sky diving.

Best Time to Go & Getting There

Book between late September and May to avoid summer heat. The property is 35 minutes from Tucson International Airport. Call the resort directly for transportation from the airport.

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Packages start at $399 during the summer and at $599 from January through April. Green fees start at $88 in the summer and at $190 during the peak season.

Location: 6200 North Clubhouse Lane , Tucson , Arizona , United States , , 520-577-1400