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This was quite the adventure. Learn from what we did and didn’t do! First off, we are from... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2018
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An old, well-preserved ghost town? SURE!!

I spent the goodly part of the day getting to and then wandering through the ghost town of Ruby... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2017
New Mexico
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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

This was quite the adventure. Learn from what we did and didn’t do! First off, we are from Wisconsin. What do we know about deserted towns, being 4 miles from the border or driving on dirt roads? Nothing! After laying around the pool the daughters...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 4blondes
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

I went alone assuming that others would be visiting on a Sunday. I don't advise that. I was the only soul there except for the border patrol I had left a few miles back. It is remote, there's no caretaker that you pay before entering,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Gina C
Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Was really looking forward to the visit but what a disappointment. The not to scale map is poorly drawn and the buildings are not marked making it difficult to locate the sites. Little effort to stabilize the buildings so they are failing fast. This is...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Chiefly1
Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

We were disappointed in this ghost town. We thought the price was high for what they give you, and it there are few signs of any attempt at stabilization of the remaining structures. The caretaker gives you a map when you check in, but the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank gramps-nanna
Reviewed March 6, 2018

Did not go to the ghost town of Ruby -- but this review is for the drive on the Ruby Road from Arivaca to Nogales. We knew it was about 20 miles unpaved, and hoped our Volvo sedan would not have to turn around. Be...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank naselle
Reviewed December 29, 2017 via mobile

$12 a person is really expensive to see this very unmaintained Ghost town. It has some neat ruins but buildings are very unstable. Can’t really go inside anything. The buildings are pretty far apart so you need to drive from remnant building to next remnant...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed January 22, 2017

I spent the goodly part of the day getting to and then wandering through the ghost town of Ruby, AZ. It was primarily a lead-zinc mine that operated from the 1920s through 1940. The town originally had a population of about 1200 and many of...More

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank puckerstoppled
Reviewed April 9, 2016

This trip is not for everyone. We Travelled the entire length of the Ruby Road the last week of March, 2016. One can easily see a few points in the road where one could not pass in a Toyota Camry, as we did, if there...More

Date of experience: March 2016
3  Thank RickEtnaGreen
Reviewed March 18, 2016

What a delightful ghost town to visit in southern AZ, just 4 miles north of the Mexico border! and with a population of 1. Ruby is a photographer's delight! Old buildings, including a school house and pool hall, as well as the mines and abandoned...More

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Lindaeck
Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We went as we heard ruby is an old ghost town. The drive is long (about 2 hours from Patagonia) but it was worth it. We took a picnic and had a good walk round the ruins. We saw the store house, jail, school and...More

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank DemandingT
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Ande S
September 9, 2018|
Response from gramps-nanna | Reviewed this property |
No permit needed although there is an admission charge. Google "Ruby ghost Town" and you can find their web site with directions. We came in from a campground on the east side