After seven years of sharing El Rancho Merlita with all of us, the owners will fulfill their dream of making the Ranch House their home. We will take our last guests on April 30th. We look forward to seeing some of you again before we do.

The rooms at Arroyo House will continue to be available for guest lodging via Airbnb. Use these links to find lodging options at Arroyo House:

Arroyo Bonita Suite
Arroyo Cielito Lindo
Arroyo Mi Nidito
Arroyo Valley Verde

It is sad to leave the Ranch but it has truly been an honor and a pleasure to have called this very special place my home, and to have had the privilege of serving all of you all. I will miss you!

With warm regards,


Welcome to the Inns at El Rancho Merlita

Where Old West Hospitality meets elegant Modern West Style right here in our Tucson, AZ inn. The original classic ranch house and guest house offer your choice of two bed and breakfast suites and six rooms. Each unique accommodation features vintage architecture including wood and beamed ceilings, heritage decor and western art. View the mountains, desert gardens or a lush arroyo from anywhere on three acres of sanctuary. Winter visitors can swim in the pool and golf or bike in the morning, and ski on the mountain an hour away when conditions are ideal.

Visit a quieter time and place…

Discover how Merle Norman once used this beautiful property as a ranch retreat… and how it was transformed into one of the area’s most unique, intimate and relaxing vacation destinations.

Luxury Lodging, Bountiful Breakfasts, Abundant Amenities

Morning sunlight brightens breakfast in the patio with juicy red watermelon and crisp sausage served with fresh roasted coffeeBegin your day with a steaming mug of our signature El Rancho Merlita coffee blend after a refreshing night sleeping on soft Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious New Mexico Collection bedding. Experience the region’s rich culinary heritage through our delicious and satisfying breakfast offerings that highlight local artisan food crafters. Take a day to relax here at the ranch: choose a friendly game of horseshoes or table tennis, schedule a massage or yoga session in our property’s studio, or take a stroll through our desert meditation gardens. Or choose a book from our library and relax under deep shaded porches with panoramic views of the Catalina Mountains and then soak in the whirlpool as you watch the moon rise. This is one of the best inns in southern Arizona.

Property map for the Inns at El Rancho Merlita