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Gates Pass

Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Ranked #5 of 43 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Went there on the way back from Old Tucson. It's been 40 years since I was there, but....the sunset is still beautiful. Don't leave as soon as the son goes down, the vibrant colors happen for several minutes after the son sets. Just beautiful.

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Bullhead City, Arizona, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

The views were breath-taking just driving up to the point where I got out of the car for a short hike!

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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is one place I take the out-of-towners to see the beauty of the desert. No hiking required, although some people climb higher from the parking lot. The pass is located on the drive through Tucson Mountain Park - Saguaro West. Expect to see lots of saguaros! This is an especially beautiful location to watch a sunset. That's when there... More

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San Bruno, California
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33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

What a view! I am glad we stopped to enjoy the vistas, because when you are driving you miss a lot. It's quite a bit higher than the Desert Museum so the breeze is very refreshing. It would be nice to get there at sunrise to get an even better experience.

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Lancaster, PA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

The view is nice from "the overlook", but if you really want a view to behold, give yourself an extra 20-30 minutes to climb the ridge to the northwest and circle to the southwest face before getting comfortable. It's a couple hundred feet or so higher, and it gets you away from the often-crowded and litter-strewn "main" area. Take a... More

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