The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Tucson, Arizona

The 2,400-acre Torolita Open Space Preserve is the dramatic backdrop for the Dove Mountain Ritz-Carlton Resort and Spa. The Sonoran Desert terrain with its rustic mountains, rock formations, and ancient petroglyphs are an open invitation to explore the hotel and its surroundings. Pathways lead from the main hotel across a desert wash to the main pool and casita buildings overlooking the desert open space and the city of Tucson below. The high desert is an inherent canvas of contrasts. In keeping with this natural imagery, all exterior terraces, pools, and courts were designed with geometric, iconic Native American symbols to create a cultural and environmental juxtaposition of the constructed and natural environments. New plantings embraced the use of native desert material to honor the endemic landscape.