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Great Views

This is another steep twisty road with some great views, you can hardly miss it if you are going to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Great hiking

Our first trip to AZ. Our daughter took us here. Hiking can be easy or hard, whichever you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is another steep twisty road with some great views, you can hardly miss it if you are going to Saguaro National Park. There are several viewpoints that give panoramic views of the valley and the saguaro marching up the mountainsides.

Thank phil52_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first trip to AZ. Our daughter took us here. Hiking can be easy or hard, whichever you prefer. Lots of trails, views and cactuses. We went on a cool day, otherwise I'm sure it gets pretty hot. Bathrooms are gross (Johnny on the spot...More

Thank Valerie H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a scenic view if you have never been there. I personally dont like the road. Its narrow & if theres bikes & you try to go around you cant see if someone else is coming around the corner, so might be a slow trip.

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gates Pass is a byway between the city of Tucson and many local attractions like the International Wildlife Museum, Tucson Studios, the Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park. It is a very scenic route with saguaros and other desert plants surrounding you. There is a...More

Thank Dawn H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ventured to Gates Pass for one reason. Arizona sunset. We were not disappointed. Get there early. Relax. Enjoy every second as the sun drops and the colors intensify.

Thank leeandjoanne1993
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From town it is about a 30 minute drive to the top of the pass. There is parking and a shelter. From here you can see literally thousands of these desert sentinels. If you go over the pass and continue down into Saguaro National Park...More

Thank RomeAddict
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arizona can be named -- land of cacti. This pass is one of examples... If you like cacti and if you are in the area, then this is one of places where you will find them ;-)

Thank MarcinDrP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting the area I had the opportunity to go to Gates Pass to view an amazing sunset. As a photographer I just couldn't stop taking photos. Every moment of the sun setting was picture perfect. The climb we did was fairly easy. I would...More

Thank Lisa P
Reviewed 6 September 2018

We had some time before dinner, so took a drive over and took in the overlook - it was a nice little explore and interesting to see neighborhoods leading up to the pass,

Thank jerseygirl830
Reviewed 4 September 2018

We've travelled this road a couple times and I'm always more impressed with the gorgeous view. Narrow, winding, two-lane road, deep canyons, rock formations and Saguaro Cactus beside the road, lining the canyons and mountainside. There are some pull off points along the road to...More

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18 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.
7 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.