Ruby (North)

5 Star Route

When we hear the name Ruby, we start thinking slippers. Wizard of Oz. Fantasy world. Which this route is absolutely a fantasy, it’s also rugged and remote. You earn all those wonderful views through punchy, winding climbs. And you do get to tour the ghost town of Ruby and visit the quirky town of Arivaca. (Read the details section.)

Oh, did we mention all the washes?  We counted 50+ … and good luck keeping your feet dry if the water is running. But it just adds to adventure. (We rode this in mid-December, about 10 days after significant rains, and all the washes had running / standing water, about ankle deep.) **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Lollipop: 37 miles / 3400 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 67% gravel, 33% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 10 min south of Tucson, Arizona
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: December 2019

Difficulty / Strava Metrics

Advanced. The loop section is technically demanding and has a number of short steep pitches, up and down, in excess of 10%. The area is also very remote with no cell phone coverage.
Gravel Girl’s ride data.

When we like to ride this …

Late fall to early spring when the skies are clear and the temps are moderate. We would avoid this route in summer as the section along the stick of the lollipop is very exposed to the sun. Wind could also make this route brutal. And … if it has recently rained, give it several days to let the washes run shallower or dry.

The Start

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (Arivaca Cienega). Pit toilets.
Lat / Long: 31.575945, -111.323169

Food / Water



Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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