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Gates Pass

Address: Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Ranked #13 of 162 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
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Chicago, Illinois
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175 reviews 175 reviews
45 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The Gates Pass road is one off the most breath taking drives I've made. Beautiful desert scenery on a curvy mountain road. There are look out areas to stop and take photos. It was so spectacular, we went two days in a row!

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I treat all my visitors to this easy to reach spot for spectacular views, especially at sunset. The road to take from Tucson is Speedway, going west. Its a beautiful drive with cactus and pretty homes, and a good steep climb. We often see wildlife as well. I love the silence and the wind.

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Hanover, Ontario
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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting Tucson, you must take this drive. You will not be disappointed. To begin with, it's free. It is curvy and narrow which gives you an adrenalin rush as you drive through the mountain pass with bikers fighting their way up the hill. The views are spectacular. I did this drive 4 times while in Tucson and... More 

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Huntington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

When going to old Tucson Studio or The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Take Speedway west as it turns into Gates Pass. The cactus along the roads are amazing and the drive down into the valley is memorable. A great free sigh in Tucson.

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Akron, Ohio
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11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I got there just after sunset, but its still crazy awesome. Reputedly a mountain lion was sighted there the morning before I was there, so having a buddy might be a smart more.

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Tucson, Arizona
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260 reviews 260 reviews
112 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

If traveling out to the Desert Museum or Old Tucson Studios, take Gates Pass Rd from Kinney Rd back to the city, you will come out on Speedway and 10. Along the way is the Wildlife Museum and a pullout at the top for a look at the desert and a beautiful place to be for sunset.

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Cochrane, Canada
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

As we drove to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum we can over Gates Pass. The photo opportunities from the pull offs were tremendous. Be careful as bicyclists like this road and you need to share the road as there are no shoulders. Next time we should consider hiking the Yetman Mountain Park trail from the pass.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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39 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

As many other reviewers have stated, the sunsets at Gates Pass are magnificent. Arizona has the best sunsets I have ever seen, and I've yet to find a better location to watch them than this. Anyone visiting Tucson needs to make the drive up to Gates Pass to see at least one sunset. It's an easy drive from downtown Tucson... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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154 reviews 154 reviews
22 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

It is a must to see the sunset here at Gates Pass if you are in Tucson. It truly is a breathtaking view. The colors from the sun is just magnificent like a golden orange -- words cannot describe. And make sure you bring your camera so you can change settings as the sun sets. The camera phone will not... More 

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66 reviews 66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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