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Address: Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85743

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Stunning View

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... read more

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Greenville, South Carolina
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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank billeisaman
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As you drive the windy road through Tucson Saguaro National Park, you will drive through Gates Pass. Perfectly situated in nature, and a great place to watch the Tucson sun set.

Thank CoachTerri
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I take all my guests there. The best place to watch the sunset and take pictures. Check the time the sun will be setting and get there early enough to climb the rocks.

Thank AMRPS53
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Gates pass has the quintessential collection of saguaro cactus standing sentinel over the road as you climb to the saddle of the pass over the Tucson mountains leading into Oro Valley. Go at sunset with a picnic and watch the purple/orange sunset of the desert.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We paid a few visits here as my wife is a photographer who loves a good sunset, and you're pretty much guaranteed a colour splash display here every night. There's good parking a few viewpoints that are railed off and paved, and one of the stops has some good info about Gates himself who built the pass. Give it a... More 

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Potsdam, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by on our way to explore the desert museum. It was ok, it was a nice walk up the hill for a view, but it was littered with garbage and TONS of broken glass. So beware and wear good shoes if you want the view. As a quick detour, sure, but don't make this a destination.

Thank LST2323
Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Breathtaking views in every direction and some of the most spectacular sunsets you'll EVER see. Love it.

Thank DeLeoLeo
Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gates Pass is named after the local pioneer, gambler, miner, saloon and ranch keeper Thomas Gates who started building the road in 1883. He purchased the land and built the narrow, winding dirt road for the specific purpose of creating an eight mile shortcut through the Tucson Mountains to the 50 mile long Avra Valley. Gates Pass road is now... More 

Thank Swabado
Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove across the pass on the way to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. The view as you hit the crest of the pass was awe inspiring. Everyone should make the drive just to see the view at the top.

Thank Tom R
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I performed a wedding here and the venue was absolutely incredible. The view both east and west is breathtaking and you can literally see for 10 miles in both directions.

Thank abkeyte

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