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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Kids love climbing the mountains!

Gates Pass is a great place to stretch your legs and take in fabulous views of the saguaro cactus... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
japeterson7569
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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Fun Drive

Great Views, cactus, overviews, lookouts. You need to drive through here to visit the Desert Museum.

Reviewed 1 week ago
299michaele
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  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
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“desert museum” (86 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (50 reviews)
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Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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"saguaro national park"
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"speedway blvd"
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"old tucson studios"
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"parking lot"
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"west side"
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"saguaro cactus"
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"short drive"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Gates Pass is a great place to stretch your legs and take in fabulous views of the saguaro cactus. A climb up to the “little house “ is a must. Climb further and you have the best views. This is a special place for sunsets!...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Views, cactus, overviews, lookouts. You need to drive through here to visit the Desert Museum.

Thank 299michaele
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, if you are afraid of heights, Gates Pass is going to be a little bit of a challenge for you, but here are some tips to help. If you decide to visit, you might want to come from the valley and climb to the...More

Thank Amanda C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drove up the winding and fun road . At the top are very interesting buildings built by the CCC in the thirties. There is plenty of parking. Get out and read the story boards and take in the spectacular scenery.

Thank mosaiclover
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful views----we visit it every single time we're in Tucson. It is easy to access, not far from Old Tucson Studios.

Thank susieq19522013
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beauty ! By car, you pass throuh those mountains filled with majestics saguaros . I suggest you go at the and of the day to catch the sunset, you won't believe your eyes !

Thank Louise B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the trip to see the cacti and the view from the top. Stop at the top and enjoy the view. It was windy, but worth it.

Thank Calamityjan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've never seen sunsets like those in Arizona, and the best by far was at Gates Pass. Easily accessed off of Kinney, just park and enjoy the overlook. There are trails both going up (can be a little trecherous) and down to the road below....More

Thank Joe S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took this back from the Sonora Desert Museum to our hotel and its a wonderful drive. Few places to stop off for the scenic views. Wonderful mountain pass road.

Thank lucycan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice short drive, best at sunset, couple turn offs. Good gateway to West Sabino National Park or close to Old Tucson.

Thank Amy S
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amandrainorange
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.
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lollie4281
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.
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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.
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