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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Beautiful scenery and great examples of Saguaro cacti

This pass is along the crest of the Tucson Mountains. The road is a bit windy, narrow and slow, but... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Norman, Oklahoma
Beautiful Drive

If your are looking for a leisurely drive with spectacular views this is a must. Every turn is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kory R
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Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This pass is along the crest of the Tucson Mountains. The road is a bit windy, narrow and slow, but the scenery is worth it. Many places to pull off and enjoy the scenery. A popular place (with locals and non-locals) to watch the sunset....More

Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed 1 week ago

If your are looking for a leisurely drive with spectacular views this is a must. Every turn is filled with nature's splendor from mountain vistas to flora and fauna. There are many pullouts along the drive if you want to stop to take a photo...More

Thank Kory R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great tour to take guest too. A true view of the sights in the southwest desert. A very peaceful tour of the Arizona desert viewing the many southwestern desert plants and cactus. Interesting to young at heart as well as adults.

Thank Jerry O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love going out here especially in the early morning! Great views and places to hike. Wonderful roads to ride and the Desert Museum is close by.

Thank Fred B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gates Pass is my favorite place to visit and simply enjoy the beauty of the area. The some 100 year old Saguaros are breath taking. However, there is much more vegetation to impress. Chollas, barrell, fish hook, prickly pears, etc. From the pull off area,...More

1  Thank Sandy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was so happy that there were no cars behind me so that I could drive slow and take in all the beauty.

Thank ihatescorpions
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beauty of this desert drive through Gates pass, going from Tucson to Old Tucson movie location and the Desert Museum, is magical. Cacti growing out of rocks are 6 feet from your car window. Flowers and sagebrush and every cactus on the planet beautifies...More

Thank tavysandin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The desert in August shouldn't be lush but thanks to the unusual amount of rain we've had this year, that's just what it seems like. Wild grasses, flowers and cacti blooming against all odds. Fabulous! Overcast skies and breezes made for an unexpectedly comfortable day...More

Thank SAC525
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Gates Pass may be just a pull over parking lot for some,but to gaze at its total beauty and scenic views is truly a must when visiting Tuscon. Saguaro cactuses by the thousands on hilly terrain with mountains on two sides, definitely bring a camera....More

Thank Andy S
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Gates pass has the most beautiful look out points along a winding narrow road. Mountains and cactus are all around you. A must see for photos breath taking views every where you look. Good for small hikes, there are trails.

Thank beverly_deitrick
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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.