10.4 miles: 0 hours, 17 minutes
Your journey on Ruby Scenic Road (SR 289) takes you through the rugged landscape northwest of Nogales to Peña Blanca Lake. On the route, grassy hillsides tumble toward rocky cliffs and the bare Pajarito Mountains. The desert climate juxtaposes the lush vegetation near the lake. Scrub grass grows on the Tumacacori Highlands’ southern slopes; junipers and oaks grow on the northern slopes.