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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Beautiful views!

You can get some great pictures here, especially at sunset. It’s a great place for exploring and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jojoaz83
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Awesome Scenery

This is a great drive to Old Tucson and the Desert Museum. The road winds through the mountain side... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Merrit A
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“desert museum” (89 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (51 reviews)
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Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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"desert museum"
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"beautiful drive"
in 51 reviews
"tucson mountains"
in 26 reviews
"winding road"
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"saguaro national park"
in 39 reviews
"speedway blvd"
in 8 reviews
"old tucson studios"
in 22 reviews
"parking lot"
in 33 reviews
"west side"
in 22 reviews
"saguaro cactus"
in 25 reviews
"pull over"
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"short drive"
in 13 reviews
"take pictures"
in 19 reviews
"hiking trails"
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"beautiful area"
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"breathtaking views"
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"sonoran desert"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You can get some great pictures here, especially at sunset. It’s a great place for exploring and hiking or just looking out over the desert at the beautiful Saguaros. There is free parking. Bring water because there isn’t a place to get any and it...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great drive to Old Tucson and the Desert Museum. The road winds through the mountain side with an incredible view of the Cactus. Highly recommend this ride to access Old Tucson.

Thank Merrit A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, this place is everything everyone says it is. The problem is that so are so many other Tucson area spots for a Sonoran experience, and it seems to me that the others are actually better.

Thank montanapescado
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gates Pass is reached via a windy road through the western hills of Tucson, at the pinnacle of the mountain divide between Tucson & Avra Valley. The crest of Gates Pass looks almost straight down the eastern slope of the mountain, down a continuing winding...More

Thank Grant H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I drove down here it was a bit scary but scenery was lovely. The catcus were really nice as well. Well worth the drive never saw any wild life

Thank shirley M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For cyclists, this road is a must. It’s winds through the desert and goes up the Gates Pass proper through the Tucson Mountains from which you get a great view of the surroundings. It’s a good climb though, with a sharp incline just before the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this drive. More Saguaros than you will ever see anywhere else. Sun sets in Tucson Mtns. Beautiful homes on the way into the park. Leads to Saguaro Natl Monument, Old Tucson and Desert Museum. Visit here every single trip to Tucson.

Thank jklemon8
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first visited Gates Pass with my Mom and Dad in the early 70s. It was his favorite place in Tucson, always talked about it! I always go back when in town. Beautiful views out into the valley west!

Thank Mary E
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

Very pretty drive and a bit curvy. Locals tend to travel a little too fast, but ignore them and enjoy all the beauty around you. You can always pull over on a pull out to enjoy the surroundings even more.

Thank Janelle H
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Quick drive is well worth it if you’re in Tucson. Amazing views whether you get out or stay in the car. Very cool.

Thank madsennd
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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
20 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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