Big Ruby

4 Star Route

This route is the combination of two 5 Star routes: Ruby (South) and Ruby (North). It is whiskey drinking, kick in the butt good!! (Actually excellent!). It showcases the Atascosa and Pajarito mountains, roams in and out of Warsaw Canyon and Colorado Gulch, and takes you to one of most historic ghost towns in Arizona, Ruby.

For the full route details and logistics read the Ruby (South) and Ruby (North) descriptions. The beginning of the route is Ruby (South) with the paved extension at the start. The loop portion of the route is from Ruby (North) but is ridden in the opposite direction, clockwise.

The route will work you. There is nothing flat about it. The route is suited for big tires. 40 mm is pretty much the minimum you want. 650b’s with a 50 mm tire or 29’ers with 2.1’s would be even better! Be warned, there is no water on the route unless you filter from a creek. And who knows if the creeks are flowing.

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Lollipop: 50 miles / 6400 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 88% gravel, 12% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1hour, 5 min south of Tucson, AZ
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: December 2019


Advanced. Due to some technical riding and the elevation gain over distance ratio.

The Start

Calabasas Group camping site just off Highway 289. Pit toilets. Seasonal.
Lat / Long: 31.387419, -111.051412


Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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Ridden and Reviewed by …

Gravel Girl / Team Dirty Freehub

She loves a good day of gravel like most people like a good book. She’s always amused by the outdoors and the wild adventures. Gravel Girl is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

Captain O / Team Dirty Freehub

He should have “Never Stop Exploring” tattooed on his chest! He loves adventures on bikes and is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

  • Chris says:

    How are the camping options for this route? I think this mentions it’s a good overnight trip but where are there good spots to stop for the night?

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      The difficulty is going to be finding a water source. Last year, many of the creeks were flowing with water at this time of year. This year, I am not so sure of that. You may want to contact the ghost town of Ruby for more information on water sources and the possibility of staying there. Ride dirty and smile!

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