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Address: Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743

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grd9141

A fun drive with lots of views. A true desert feeling with some good hiking and lots of picture to take!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A fun drive with lots of views. A true desert feeling with some good hiking and lots of picture to take!

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Argyle, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gates pass is a great place to sight see, take desert pictures, see Sahuaro cactus in in greatness and hike. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes/sturdy shoes and water if you get off the highway and into the mountain area.

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Paradise Island, New Providence Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What a beautiful place to ride and hike. We saw deer and coyotes, countless birds and beautiful desert flowers. I highly recommend making the trip

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We drove down the roads to see more saguaro cactus. There was plenty of pull outs and some trails. The scenery is beautiful.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On business here from florida I ride an indian chieftan and been over the pass every morning. Better ride than tail of the dragon great scenery and pull offs to take great pix

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we made this drive our route to get to the arizona-sonora desert museum. good choice. the area is beautiful and so indicative of the area. at the top of the pass is a pull-out and view point worth stopping for. the road is in good condition and suitable for any car.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of Tucson's most lovely attractions. The scenery is beautiful and one of the last places where you can see the thousands of cacti still standing proud! Bring a journal or book and enjoy letting all your worries and cares go!

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Independence, Oregon, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A short drive from Tucson (on the way to the Desert Museum or Old Tucson), Gates Pass offers a scenic drive, great views, a good place for a break, and some local history.

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Nevada City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a park that closes around dark - however when there is a full moon the park is open long enough to see the moon rising! It is incredible for wildlife. Every time I have gone I have seen either a couple ( coyotes) or Javalena's... In the road or on the side at sunset...

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun "bonus" between Tucson proper and Old Tucson and the Arizona SOnora Desert Museum if you go west on Speedway. While there's nothing to do at the pass, per se, there is a parking lot and short hike, but mostly Gate's Pass is about the view.

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