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Gates Pass

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Address: Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743

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Beautiful view

We were here about 10 years ago and wanted to go visit again--i have a favorite picture taken here and we wanted to recreate it. The view of course is gorgeous--hard to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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omaha, ne
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omaha, ne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were here about 10 years ago and wanted to go visit again--i have a favorite picture taken here and we wanted to recreate it. The view of course is gorgeous--hard to understand how the pioneer people made it through here--rugged terrain. Felt bad about all the graffiti that was on the buildings??? Why do people do this--otherwise it was... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Driving through Gates Pass is always a treat. Make no mistake, you have to pay close attention to the rode in the turns. There are designated pull offs so you can take your time enjoying the views. I is truly a drive that should not be missed. It is the most enjoyable way to get to Old Tucson Studios and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You have to check your sunset and moon-rise times before this works perfect and make sure they are within a close proximity of one another. Plus you need to walk up the hill to the man-made concrete bench which is built so when sitting in it you are facing upward, not a lot, just the right amount. You will not... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you want a beautiful drive just 10 miles outside of Tucson, this is it. Take the road toward Old Tucson and you are in for a treat, the mountains, the Saguaro cactus and the beauty of the desert is just breathtaking. I live in AZ and had not been there before, so even I was impressed with the views.

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Thank angied764
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is my best place in Tucson to watch a sunset or thunderstorm. The drive is up a winding road, the parking is generous, there is a restroom and a place to hike even higher to view our million-dollar sunsets and thunderstorms.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Gates Pass is just west of Tucson and very easy to drive to. Many look outs along the drive offer spectacular vistas of the the Tucson mountains and Saguaro National Park to the west and the city of Tucson to the east. This drive is particularly beautiful in March and April as wild flowers abound. Be sure bring your hiking... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I always stop at the Gates Pass overlook when driving from the Starr Pass area to Saguaro Natl Park, the Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum, or Old Tucson. I was at Gates Pass last Saturday, on a beautiful clear day. You can see mountains 50 miles away and get a sense for the local geology. There are some short hikes... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Gates pass is definitely one of the best places to see sunset in the Tucson area. It's on top of a mountain with very easy access. It can get crowded, so get there early (at least 40 minutes before sunset).

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

amazing views easy trails delightful exposure to the local outdoors saw deer and lots of other wildlife on the trail..a great outdoor activity

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our route and was a beautiful drive. We returned to town by another route but it wasn't nearly as breath-taking

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