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Don’t pass this pass!

It is worth going over this pass—and stopping for photos or to hike. The scenery is incredible and... read more

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Photographers and romantics unite

Jaw dropping beauty. Just sit and breath. Feel small.the desert vistas are vast the blue blue sky... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Catherine M
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed yesterday

It is worth going over this pass—and stopping for photos or to hike. The scenery is incredible and sunsets are magnificent!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Jaw dropping beauty. Just sit and breath. Feel small.the desert vistas are vast the blue blue sky is far reaching.

Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 1 week ago

You will definitely want to get out of your vehicle and take a panoramic shot. Coming down from the mountain seems a little scary but it's worth it.

Thank Ronnette R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We used to live and train in Tucson, frequently riding our bikes over Gates Pass and Picture Rocks. We just drove our normal ride 2 days ago and were amazed at the amount of development. Still fun to see but much more dangerous now to...More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a nice ride up through gates pass on the way from Tucson to old Tucson, and Saguaro National Park

Thank legatzke2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just did the drive and stopped at all the pull offs. Was too hot to do any hiking. Can't wait to come back and do the trails.

Thank sabinocanyoneluv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was a beautiful short, 4 mile drive/passage. We took the drive right after visiting International Wildlife Museum. Would recommend doing if you are in the area. *Self guided. Approximately 4 miles one-way.

Thank Amanda G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little scenic drive. Perfect for watching the sunset. Nice little hikes along the way as well.

Thank Amy V
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 11 October 2018

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
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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.