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Address: Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743

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Incredible Views

I always take out-of-state visitors to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum via Gates Pass. I always pull off the road at an overlook at the top of the pass. The views from the... read more

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Marana, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I always take out-of-state visitors to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum via Gates Pass. I always pull off the road at an overlook at the top of the pass. The views from the observation area have never failed to impress. Although I've lived in Tucson for more than thirty years this spot continues to to fill me with a sense... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

W Gates Pass Road from Tucson will take you to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park. There are rest stops en route, where you can hike among the tall Saguaro cacti or just take a break and enjoy the view. The area also offer spectacular sunsets and is a favorite among many photographers.

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Thank BrittB611
Milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The views took my breath away. I feel so lucky to be here. I have never been in a desert before and this was the most visually stimulating place I have seen in a very long time. I had no idea the cacti got so large nor did I know they grew in such vast numbers the way they do... More 

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Thank Sandy B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling from Interstate 10 you go up Speedway to Gates Pass. There's a nice parking area with bathrooms and it is an awesome view the City of Tucson and the valley where Desert Museum and Old Tucson is located. There is also an nice Pavilion, with lots of pictures concerning the area about the animals and plant life. Also, lots... More 

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Thank Johnny G
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view from this pass is unbelievable ! You can see where John Wayne made his great movies and the view of the desert beyond. there is an building at the top of this hill that was used for shelter during the early change of the 1900's .

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Thank richretta
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have found that some trip in and around Tucson can be a challenge for seniors. This one is not. Gates Pass is an easy drive west of downtown and the views are endless. The Pass is a nice stop on the way to Old Tucson Studios or the Desert Museum which are also great fun. Have fun in Tucson.

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Thank Mleigh1
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I drive through here often for my work and always am struck how beautiful it is. Before you go over the hill there is a little place to pull over and have a seat when I was a very young adult I use to go there for romantic picnics. If your visiting Tucson it's a great little drive very scenic... More 

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Thank Suzanne P
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Depending on the time of year you can see loads of wildflowers. It has good views of the area with minimal climbing and hiking. Many pull-offs so you can see many of the evening views.

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Thank CountryHarvestUSA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came across this area by accident and now bring all our visitors there. Bring your camera and hiking shoes.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just visited Tucson for the first time and Gates Pass was highly recommended. The drive there was a little scary in the dark, but wow what a gorgeous view when you come around the final corner. It's like the whole world opens up and you can see forever. There was even a parking lot to stop and take in... More 

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