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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Ranked #4 of 47 Activities in Tucson
Type: Lookouts
Traveler Description: West of Tucson, off of Speedway and along your way to West Saguaro National Park, is the popular sightseeing area Gates Pass. Gates Pass is a well... more »
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63 reviews 63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a special spot for a hike, to watch the sunset ...... And if you're very lucky, it's an amazing place to watch a rainstorm. There are a couple of pull off places to park.

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Crete, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Unbelievable views of the sunset. Restrooms are clean. I go here as often as I can to view the sunset.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Great place to go watch the sunset! Large desert field full of cacti and surrounded by mountains. Gates Pass is the best of Arizona in one place!

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is THE place to go to view a spectacular desert sunset!!! Great winding roads to get there, and once you get there, there's plenty of parking and a small covered area with bathrooms. It is absolutely gorgeous with a birds eye view of the city of Tucson below and great iconic saguaro cacti on the rocky cliffs....truly postcard worthy!... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

There's plenty of beautiful views along the road thru Gates Pass but a must do...go thru there at sunset! You won't regret it unless you forget your camera!

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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Gates pass is the perfect place for a short hike with all of the desert surrounding you and views to die for! It's on the saddle between two valleys, easy to get to and not strenuous for a walk/ hike. There are two different stone huts, on with a table and panoramic vista that even the most jaded can't help... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We drove to Gates Pass and the view was great you could see for miles. The road was in good shape. There was a large sign that gave the history of Gates Pass. It was an interesting quick stop.

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Take in a true beauty of Arizona. Go to Gates Pass. You will never regret.The air is very refreshing. The scenic vistas will take you breath away!Go at sunrise and live with the memories forever!

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

If you head out west on Speedway, you'll eventually get to Gate's Pass. If you continue on the road that goes by there, and go down the twisting mountain road there, you'll get to the floor of the desert. There are many pullouts where you can go walking among the saguaro. The first two pullouts past the small parking lot... More

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Simi Valley, CA
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22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

We had some time to pass before it was time to head for the airport. So we drove through Gates Pass. It was a very scenic and pretty drive. It can be as long or short as you want to make it, starting at around 20 minutes. Pretty hillsides, cactus, and indigenous plants to see. You can take the scenic... More

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