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  RUBY ROAD SCENIC DRIVE

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Ruby Road Scenic Drive features nice views of towering buttes and rolling hills , two beautiful lakes, a desert oasis inhabited by rare birds and plants, and an old ghost town.

One of the first points of interest along this drive is Peña Blanca Lake. Here you will find excellent bird watching in season and good fishing year-round.

Consider stopping at the Atascosa Trail where a short hike can take you to dramatic overlooks of mountains and canyons. Another notable stop at Sycamore Canyon where there is a Civil War-era ranch site, a streamside trail, and excellent bird watching.  The drive continues an area of shallow canyons and rugged bluffs past abandoned mines and working cattle ranches to Arivaca Lake.  You then have the choice of returning the way you came or continuing on to the town of Arivaca and a paved route back to I-19.

Ruby Road is paved the 9 miles to Peña Blanca Lake. Between Peña Blanca Lake and the town of Arivaca (25 miles), it is a rough dirt road (may be slippery when wet)suitable for high clearance 4wd vehicles only. 

 
THE BASICS


 
Location: West of Nogales in southern Arizona
Surface: Paved and Dirt
Vehicle: High Clearance 4wd
Length: 75 mile loop
20 miles on Interstate
Time to Allow: 3 hours
Season: Drivable year round

 
DIRECTIONS TO DRIVE



Leave Interstate 19 approximately 8 miles north of Nogales at Ruby Road Exit 12 (AZ 289). Drive west to Peña Blanca Lake where the route number changes to Forest Road 39. Continue on Forest Road 39, taking a side trip to Arivaca Lake if you choose, then turn north on Forest Road 216 which leads into the town of Arivaca. From Arivaca, follow Arivaca Road back to I-19.

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