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Address: Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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The place for sunset photos, but annoying bicycles make it a bit dangerous

Nice view at the top. One of the better places to catch that perfect sunset photo (in the parking lot at the top). The actual pass itself is often encumbered by cyclists getting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Nice view at the top. One of the better places to catch that perfect sunset photo (in the parking lot at the top). The actual pass itself is often encumbered by cyclists getting a workout among the cars on this very narrow and winding road. If your vehicle is more than about 25 feet long, you may wish to pass... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

When researching the best sunset viewing locations in Tucson, Gates Pass came up again and again so I had to try it out. Turns out, the internet was right, this is a great location. I arrived about two hours before the sunset, which I think was overkill. No one was around. But I took a book and was able to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This pass is scary. If you like to feel all alone and winding through endless desert beauty, then this is the place for you. You go up, up and up on a very skinny road and then wander w while until you drop down suddenly into the real world. I got a feeling of not even being on the planet.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The pass was a beautiful and scenic route. There are many pull off areas that are just like looking at a postcard. You can see for miles. Words can't describe how much we enjoyed going through the pass. The road is a little bumpy but definitely worth it.

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

An amazing view of Tucson's beautiful high desert! WeI always take guests from out of town out there. It is a WOW! Take a picnic basket or head this way to the Sonoran Desert m. A guaranteed treat!

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Gates pass, Tucson, Arizona, is a great place to driver though, stop off, and visit. The views are great, and the overlooks have plenty of parking. Take Speedway all the way to Gates Pass West. Gates Pass winds around to Kinney Road (left turn), Ajo, (left turn), back into Tucson, AZ. check out on Kinney Road(Old Tucson Studios), another favorite... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

great hiking and beautiful sunsets on the outskirts of town! Different trails allow you to see beauty in all its natural forms.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Perhaps the best short drive that is scenic in all of Tucson. Only for passenger vehicles as restriction apply and not for the faint at heart.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Dramatic rolling hills, serene vistas abound as you go over this area in your car. There is one point where there is a sharp curve and it goes downward, you have to go slow, I probably went under 15 miles per hour to get around that curve with my new car to get there safely and the person in back... More 

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Rosebush, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We took Gates Pass from Tucson out to Old Tucson and the Desert Sonora Museum. Beautiful scenery! There were many turnouts for picture-taking. Highly recommended!

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