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Name: Arivaca Adobe Ruins Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: No votes yet
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (Easy 4WD)
Time: 1- 2 hours Region: SW Arizona
Length: 5 miles total (roundtrip) Elevation gain/loss/change: ~ +200 ft / -200 / +0 ft (roundtrip)
Type: Out and back Avg Elevation: 3800 ft
Best time to go: fall, summer (after rains), spring, winter Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Medium
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: Medium
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: September, 2014
Short Description: An easy 4WD trail (and short hike) to the remains of an old adobe ranch
Geocaches: A few geocaches in the area: El Oro Cemetery; Rattlesnake Canyon; Montana Peak
References / Contact Information: None at this time
Points of interest: Arivaca Adobe Ruins, Arivaca Lake, Chimney Canon, Ruby, California Gulch, Warsaw Canyon
Special Considerations: Lots of old mines in this area, stay away from open mine shafts and be careful of mine tailings.Trail is located in illegal immigrant and smuggler high traffic area, see page regarding warning. I have heard this area has become more dangerous in the past few months (mid 2016). Use extreme caution when visiting this area.
How to get there: From I-19, take the Arivaca exit and drive about 23 miles to Arivaca. Turn left (south) onto 5th Ave (Ruby road). Drive about 5 miles until you reach the turn off to Arivaca Lake at Waypoint 001. Click here for directions.

Trail Description

NOTE: Trail is located in illegal immigrant and smuggler high traffic area, see page regarding warning. I have heard this area has become more dangerous in the past few months (mid 2016). Use extreme caution when visiting this area.

This is a short and easy 4WD trail through the beautiful ranch lands of southern Arizona. The trail leads to what I call the Arivaca Adobe Ruins. These are some old adobe ranch walls and a circular stone tank built in 1916. There's not a lot left of the adobe ranch, but if you're interested in this stuff, it's worth the trip.

The route can be a little confusing and hard to follow in the summer months where the grass can overgrow the trail. A short hike is required to get to the adobe ruins. There is no trail to the ruins. Bushwhacking is required. Watch for snakes in the tall grass!

You can also make a short hike to Arivaca Lake from the end of the road (we did not) or visit it along the main dirt road. If you have a fishing pole and license, this could be an awesome day to spend outside.

There are lots of trails and places to explore in the area including:
- Arivaca Adventure
- California Gulch
- Warsaw Canyon
- Brouse Mine
- Carpenter's Well Ruins
- Coches Well Ruins

- Yellow Jacket Mine

General Information and History

I do not have any information on Arivaca Adobe Ruins. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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The Trail

NOTE: I went on this trail in September, 2014 and am writing this report two years later. The trail may have changed significantly since I visited it.

From Arivaca, head southeast on Ruby Road for about 5 miles until you reach the Arivaca Lake turnoff at Waypoint 001. Head east on Arivaca Lake road. This is a well-traveled dirt road.

Drive a little more than 1 mile until you reach Waypoint 002 and turn left onto the 4WD trail here. Drive along this easy 4WD trail for 0.42 miles until you reach a gate at Waypoint 003. Go through the gate and a very short distance, take a right turn off the main trail onto FR4127. This turn can be very difficult to see if it is overgrown with grass (especially in the summer). Going straight here takes you along Cedar Canyon Road to a occupied ranch. We did not take this route.

Once you make the turn, drive east for about another 0.5 miles. You will be in a large flat basin. The adobe ruins on are a slight rise on your left. Park where you see fit as best to hike to the ruins.

Hike to the ruins at Waypoint 006. Be careful going up the steep rise. The stone circular tank is just a little ways northeast of the ruins. Take a look at the ruins, being careful not to disturb the adobe. When you're finished, return to your vehicles.

If you want to continue to the end of FR4127 road, continue driving east another 1/2 a mile until you reach Waypoint 005. There's a small place to turn around here. I believe you can walk the short distance to Arivaca Lake from here, but we did not do it the day we visited the area.

When you're done, return the way you came in.

Have fun and be safe!

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