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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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great motorcycle ride

we were on a motorcycle- but the views are breathtaking no matter what vehicle you are in !! Don't... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
New York City, New York

The Gates Pass road is twisty and windy, but is a must see/do when visiting Tucson. Suggest coming... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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“desert museum” (79 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (43 reviews)
“winding road” (18 reviews)
Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Reviewed 6 days ago

we were on a motorcycle- but the views are breathtaking no matter what vehicle you are in !! Don't miss it

Thank rhgmd13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Gates Pass road is twisty and windy, but is a must see/do when visiting Tucson. Suggest coming west to east at night for a beautiful view of the valley

Thank Ladyenred
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Short drive with amazing views of the area both east and west of the mountains. It is a great short cut to the national park.

Thank slc1jmh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for that Iconic place to take a picture of the Sonora Desert, Gates Pass is just the spot. Plenty of parking, trails, restrooms and view.

1  Thank Craig M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful drive from downtown Tucson through a mountain pass covered with Saguaro cactus. As you reach the summit you have a spectacular view of the desert valley overlooking the "Old Tucson" movie studio and the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Thank James H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came from the highway through the "park" and came out via Gates Pass. There are some views from the highway side that are spectacular. There are many pull outs for views, but those early places coming from the highway are elevated and you will...More

Thank Jeannet1957
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting road as it winds up the hills, passing homes along wither die. the view from the top is fabulous, and on your way down, be careful of the windy road. But park along the rest areas and take photos of the amazing desert....More

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Gates Pass (located at the extreme western end of Speedway) is a dramatic experience for anyone visiting the Sonoran Desert for the first time. New arrivals gasp when we reach the top of the Pass and start heading downhill. I still feel a thrill every...More

Thank NineRavens
Reviewed 15 October 2017

This is a breathtaking drive. We've done it a couple times on the way to Old Tucson, there are pull off areas for viewing. It is just a gorgeous drive and if you ever have time....take it.

Thank Haley L
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Worth the drive to see the beautiful landscape and cacti. With the recent rain everything was green even some flowers blooming.

Thank Aggie B
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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.
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.