Questions About Visiting Ruby Az

How long to get to Ruby Az from Tucson ?

Two hours.


Align the numbers you are given (new weekly), push hasp in and then out.  BE SURE TO TWIRL DIAL to relock after use in or out.  .

Are there places to eat on the way?

La  Gitana Cantina has  2-3 meals depending on day.  The Arivaca Soul Food at Universal Ranch has Friday-Sunday on website.   There is a Mexican Food Food Truck on weekends just W of La Gitana.   The Arivaca website  may provide additional information about restaurants and services not listed here.

Can our dogs exlore Ruby Az too?

Ruby is a high rabies incidence area.  Be sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and a leash is needed to respect comfort of other visitors.  Please dispose of dog manure in outhouses.  Thanks.

Can we look in the mine?

NO, the mine shafts are vertical, not horizontal.  The support pillars were “robbed” after the mine closed leaving the mine shaft openings  unstable and NOT SAFE for public viewing.  The ladders are rotten too (older than me!)

When are the bats at Ruby Az?

The bats usually arrive by late April and leave Ruby in August. Their residence time is variable with  weather, available bug life and moisture.

What is the condition of Ruby Road?

In the summer,  monsoon rains can wash out portions and make it difficult for “town cars”.  But once it is graded it stays quite passable for a year.  Low clearance vehicles can usually drive there safely most of the year.  Just use common sense with speed and avoid large rocks.  Any puddles are usually rocky bottomed and have never been mud filled….for last 40 yrs.  Very washboard now, 2020.

Road conditions for travelling to Ruby are often posted on the Ruby, Arizona facebook page.

Can we sleep near Ruby Az without camping?

Yes.  Arivaca Action Center has 2 hospitality suites, ranging in price  $60-85/night.  CALL 591-0852 for availability.  If you look at the  Arivaca website you will find other Bed&Breakfast information and such.


Please remove  everything you brought.  Especially food scraps.  Do not feed animals by tossing.  Please remove all fishing equipment & please pick up your cigarette butts.  They do not bio-degrade.