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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Bring a bottle of wine!

We have loved this location for years. It is a spectacular place to watch the desert sunset. Our... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tucson, Arizona
Beautiful view. Go there on your bicycle!

Gates pass is a beautiful drive, but is best experienced in all of its lung-busting glory on a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Daniel M
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have loved this location for years. It is a spectacular place to watch the desert sunset. Our favorite activity is a glass of wine!

Thank DianeWillsey
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gates pass is a beautiful drive, but is best experienced in all of its lung-busting glory on a bicycle. So that said, if you are driving, please watch out for cyclists! This climb (in both directions) is a favorite in the large Tucson cycling community...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ive been here twice, but wanted to show my wife a short trip, after our stay at the base. Nice place etc, beautiful drive, unfortunately, we were witness to a car going over the cliff, like april 2017, we all rushed to the scene to...More

Thank Ken S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gates Pass is only accessible with a private car that takes you to the far western stretch of Speedway Blvd. There are several look out points along the way you should stop at every one. It is spectacular.

1  Thank ctampio
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The views from here of the sunsets in Tucson, AZ are stunning. I haven't seen anything else like it.

1  Thank Jenn H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful drive with many areas to pull over and take photos or just relax and enjoy the scenery. Water fountains would be a nice addition in the future. Great drive to get to the International Wildlife Museum and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

1  Thank ny2nm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went from Tucson over to desert museum through Gates Pass, there are many pull outs to shoot photos of the magnificent surroundings. At Gates Pass there are many Hiking trails to enjoy. If you want to hike go prepared, everything has spikes, spines and is...More

Thank Chuck M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This area offers a great opportunity to take photographs of desert plant life. If you are very lucky, you may also see coyote, roadrunners, jack rabbits, etc. It also allows you to imagine going thru the pass on horseback or in wagons during the wild...More

Thank Rebecca D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 RoadTripAmericans
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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!