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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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drive from city to Old Tucson and Sonora Arizona Desert Museum

Don't try this with a long trailer or 5th wheel. The scenic lookout at the top has the best views... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tucson, Arizona
Wonderful Drive to the West from Tucson

Gates Pass is easily accessible from Tucson and is a wonderful drive through rolling hills of... read more

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Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Reviewed yesterday

Don't try this with a long trailer or 5th wheel. The scenic lookout at the top has the best views of the s Sonoran desert with giant cacti and many interesting geological formations. The vies go for 30 miles in each direction. The top of...More

Thank GoUA2008
Reviewed yesterday

Gates Pass is easily accessible from Tucson and is a wonderful drive through rolling hills of Saguaro cactus. There are good trails to hike, and the views from the pass are amazing during the day, and at sunset. If you are traveling to visit the...More

Thank TimelessAmerican
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An awesome place to take pictures, especially at sunset. Includes a panoramic view of the Tucson Mountains!

Thank nanook4909
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is one of our favorite destinations to share with visitors. Nice scenic drive. At the turn off parking area, there are amazing views of the valley and hills covered with Saguaro cactus, native to the area. There are many marked hiking trails in the...More

Thank L2251BBmarys
Reviewed 6 days ago

We loved driving through the area and taking small hikes to see all the saguaros and other wildflowers. At the end of April 2017, the flowers were amazing!!!

Thank Prat97xxx
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a trip through the pass and into park where saguaro are everywhere. Some good trails to follow and plenty to see. View from the pass is excellent and at sunset stunning.

Thank Nick F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the drive through Gates Pass. Stopped of at the car park and watched the sunset. Awesome view with saguaro cacti every where.

Thank Alan R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on our way to town from the Desert Sonora Museum and this was the recommended route . Glad we took it just a short jog and lots of Cactus trees with scenic views .

Thank hayheyjay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see for all visitors and anyone living in Arizona. This place is beautiful and relaxing. A great place to take pictures or bike ride.

Thank Bradford R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went some time ago - perhaps 1-2 years ago, but I fondly remember this as one of the most beautiful drives in AZ.

Thank craigr22
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Andrea V
can you hike here?
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
Would this road be too much for someone susceptible to getting car sick?
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.
Dianne W
Where do you enter to get to Gates Pass?
15 February 2016|
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Response from Jo F | Reviewed this property |
Once you're on speedway, just follow the signs, can't miss the entrance....plenty of water is a must!