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Address: Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743

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Really neat place. You can see for miles. It reminded me of the Italian Alps. Watch out for bicycles. The riders love the challenge of this pass.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Iowa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Really neat place. You can see for miles. It reminded me of the Italian Alps. Watch out for bicycles. The riders love the challenge of this pass.

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Rio Rico, Arizona, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Tucson metro is a great view to the east and the sahuaro valley with expansive cactus forest to the west which includes old Tucson and the outstanding arizona sonora desert museum. Don't forget your camera!

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Tucson, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Check out the sunset from the parking area at the top of the Pass! there are some great trails that meander through the stands of Saguaro cactus. If that is not enough the Gates Pass Road is fun to drive. and it is near Old Tucson Studios.

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Tucson, Arizona
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The scenery is stunning here, but it is little more than a parking lot. there are no benches, no picnic tables, no shade. Fun place to walk around, and there are bathroom facilities. It is a definite stop when we have visitors here, but don't need to spend much time here.

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Amado, Arizona, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This is the place where 30+ years ago I went with some locals to see the sunset. If you don't feel "something" then, you shouldn't move to Tucson (or meet other locals because the mood wasn't right - wink)

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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Excellent spot to watch the sunset. The shadows of the saguaro are so beautiful. There a couple of small trails you can take your kids on.

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Mesa, Arizona
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I try to research a place to get some good sunset pictures and Gates Pass did not disappoint. There was quite a crowd there but we were able to get a place to park. We arrived about 20 minutes before sunset. There were several photographers there taking pictures of families and couples. its a large area and even though the... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

growing up in the area you suck on this place all the time but now it's starting to get run over with trash and debris

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107 reviews 107 reviews
43 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went to hike but found the turnout busy with folks who just wanted to take pictures. The walk to the structure on the hill is easy enough but some of the trails leading out of the upper area are narrow and have steep drop offs - not good for kids.

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Rochester, New York
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144 reviews 144 reviews
28 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Never thought I would say the desert is beautiful but a drive on this road will change your mindset. Beautiful panoramas and vistas. And a completely different outlook depending on which direction you drive (To or From Tucson).

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