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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Will ya look at all those Saguaros!

Saguaro cactus were one of the fascinating highlights of our trip to Tucson. Gates Pass has a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ken W
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Edmonds, Washington
Beautiful drive to experience the desert and mountains

Drove thru here to reach the Tucson Sonora Desert Museum. Spectacular scenery with quite a few... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Marilyn N
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Chicago, United States
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“desert museum” (86 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (50 reviews)
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Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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"desert museum"
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"tucson mountains"
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"winding road"
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"saguaro national park"
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"speedway blvd"
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"old tucson studios"
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"west side"
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"pull over"
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"saguaro cactus"
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"short drive"
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"take pictures"
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Reviewed yesterday

Saguaro cactus were one of the fascinating highlights of our trip to Tucson. Gates Pass has a forest of them.

Thank Ken W
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Reviewed yesterday

Drove thru here to reach the Tucson Sonora Desert Museum. Spectacular scenery with quite a few turnouts for photography. Road seems well maintained.

Thank Marilyn N
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Reviewed 2 days ago

gates pass is very interesting to see the desert on both sides of the road is something very different my wife and I have never seen being from new England

Thank hlangma
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Go about 45 minutes before sunset. Hike to the left of the “official viewpoint” to see the full sunset.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

From the rolling hills to mountain views this winding drive was a pleasant surprise. Well worth the drive

Thank tjimports
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gates Pass is a great place to stretch your legs and take in fabulous views of the saguaro cactus. A climb up to the “little house “ is a must. Climb further and you have the best views. This is a special place for sunsets!...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Views, cactus, overviews, lookouts. You need to drive through here to visit the Desert Museum.

Thank 299michaele
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, if you are afraid of heights, Gates Pass is going to be a little bit of a challenge for you, but here are some tips to help. If you decide to visit, you might want to come from the valley and climb to the...More

Thank Amanda C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drove up the winding and fun road . At the top are very interesting buildings built by the CCC in the thirties. There is plenty of parking. Get out and read the story boards and take in the spectacular scenery.

Thank mosaiclover
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful views----we visit it every single time we're in Tucson. It is easy to access, not far from Old Tucson Studios.

Thank susieq19522013
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amandrainorange
19 April 2018|
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Response from StonebridgeDapper | Reviewed this property |
All above are true. There is a couple of parking lots off the road and a covered viewing area but no picnic facilities, no grills or bathrooms. Just parking and trails.
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lollie4281
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.
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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.
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