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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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The Most Stunning Views!!

On our way to the Sonoran Desert Museum (a must see), this road is unbelievable! Jaw dropping... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Hubbardston, Massachusetts
Gates Pass a Must See

I was fortunate enough to visit Gates Pass during the recent full, Blood moon over Tucson. I was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cynthia K
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“desert museum” (83 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (47 reviews)
Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Reviewed yesterday

On our way to the Sonoran Desert Museum (a must see), this road is unbelievable! Jaw dropping views as you wind thru the mountains, Beautiful flora and landscapes, the visual pleasure is non stop! Such beauty is well worth the trip!

Thank loriheidenengle
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was fortunate enough to visit Gates Pass during the recent full, Blood moon over Tucson. I was facing West at sundown and took some fabulous photos. Then on my return to Tucson, I was lucky enough to get some great shots looking east. I...More

Thank Cynthia K
Reviewed 3 days ago

go at sunset and enjoy the sunset (sometimes purple) and the Cactus. Lots of places to pull off and view.

Thank 2333FarMor
Reviewed 6 days ago

Must stop at this viewpoint any time you cross this pass. It is a nice combination of history, landscape beauty and includes a nice hike up to a higher viewpoint if you have the energy and mobility. Restrooms available.

Thank paulhundal
Reviewed 1 week ago

We raced out to Gates Pass to grab a view of the Tucson sunset on a weeknight. Unfortunately we were late to the game as there was no place to park once we reached the pass (just as the sun was setting). We snapped a...More

Thank Chuck G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited Gates Pass on multiple occasions, twice on bicycle. The road is narrow and probably avoided by those in an RV. Bicycling it is exciting to say the least. For cycling it is best to go East to West because the approach in...More

Thank JohnnyFry1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove through Gates Canyon twice, and boy, there is a lot of traffic. There seems to be commuters coming through here from Tucson proper to the newly developed area on the west side of the hills. The cactus forest is wonderful, but the road is...More

1  Thank Laura K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the road in order to view the hieroglyphs. The road was very bumpy but, in a rental, who cares? We arrived at the parking lot and it was a pretty good up and down hike to signal hill to view the petros. Not...More

Thank thomasrydz
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived just before sunset and scrambled up the rocks to locate the perfect spot to view the setting sun. We were not the only ones to have this idea! However, it was peaceful and beautiful. I recommend wearing sturdy shoes, bring some water (it's...More

Thank pearlfrancis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was visiting Tucson & lucky to be taken up to Gates Pass right at sunset (in January). Free tho limited parking lot on right side as you drive west toward mountains. Hang out at a stone wall with whoever is there & let your...More

Thank Twinbrook60
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8 September 2017|
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Response from Pukster27 | Reviewed this property |
You can stay in the parking lot and see the sunset or go to a paved overlook area right next to the lot.
Andrea V
19 February 2017|
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Response from recorder | Reviewed this property |
At the top of the pass is a nice parking lot. Looks like paths go out several directions.
Emily D
1 November 2016|
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Response from Johnny G | Reviewed this property |
If you travel from Interstate 10 up Speedway towards gates pass you'll be okay. Just do not pass the parking lot at gate pass. The road is extremely curvy after that and the drop-off is tremendous.