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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Great local viewpoint

This is where Tucson meets the Sonoran Desert! It is a great stopping point when going to visit the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Santa Rosa, California
One of the premier sunset lookout points

My favorite hobby is taking sunset/rise pictures and when I don't have time to hike to my favorite... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Benson, Arizona
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“desert museum” (79 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (43 reviews)
“winding road” (18 reviews)
Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is where Tucson meets the Sonoran Desert! It is a great stopping point when going to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or Saguaro National Park West. The drive is a bit steep and it is a favorite with cyclists so be careful and watch...More

Thank Rojo49
Reviewed 6 days ago

My favorite hobby is taking sunset/rise pictures and when I don't have time to hike to my favorite spot in Tucson Mountain Park, this serves as a good backup. It is probably the only place in the Tucson area to get an unobstructed view of...More

1  Thank fotoman170
Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveling through on the way to Grand Canyon. I LOVE the cactus. I've never seen anything like it in real life. A great view!

Thank shirleysmith33
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we were on a motorcycle- but the views are breathtaking no matter what vehicle you are in !! Don't miss it

Thank rhgmd13
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Gates Pass road is twisty and windy, but is a must see/do when visiting Tucson. Suggest coming west to east at night for a beautiful view of the valley

Thank Ladyenred
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Short drive with amazing views of the area both east and west of the mountains. It is a great short cut to the national park.

Thank slc1jmh
Reviewed 5 November 2017

If you are looking for that Iconic place to take a picture of the Sonora Desert, Gates Pass is just the spot. Plenty of parking, trails, restrooms and view.

1  Thank Craig M
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Beautiful drive from downtown Tucson through a mountain pass covered with Saguaro cactus. As you reach the summit you have a spectacular view of the desert valley overlooking the "Old Tucson" movie studio and the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Thank James H
Reviewed 31 October 2017

We came from the highway through the "park" and came out via Gates Pass. There are some views from the highway side that are spectacular. There are many pull outs for views, but those early places coming from the highway are elevated and you will...More

Thank Jeannet1957
Reviewed 29 October 2017

An interesting road as it winds up the hills, passing homes along wither die. the view from the top is fabulous, and on your way down, be careful of the windy road. But park along the rest areas and take photos of the amazing desert....More

Thank Janet H
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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.