Gates Pass
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Janie R
Cincinnati, OH46 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Couples
If you’re heading over to the Desert Museum from Tucson, be sure to take Gates Pass. It is a beautiful scenic drive that you don’t want to miss!
Written December 2, 2022
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Beany_from_Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY126 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
We loved this place for the climbing and sights. At sunset there is no better place to be but high up watching the sun set. We heard wild coyotes in the canyon below, saw reptiles and met some great people. Great for all ages. Many couples come because it is romantic and the kids love to climb even my 10 year old.
Highly recommend!
Written August 19, 2022
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN1,668 contributions
Feb. 2022
You will most likely travel through Gates Pass if you are driving from Tucson to Saguaro National Park West or to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It is scenic at any time but is most spectacular at sunset. Large parking lot but it can fill easily. I avoided coming on a weekend and was able to find a spot with a 5-minute walk to the observation point right before sunset. There will always be many others here experiencing the view but it was still beautiful.
Written August 18, 2022
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Esik
Boston, MA57 contributions
Apr. 2022
Stopped by on our way to Arizona-Sonora Desert museum and then came back another day to see sunset from there. View is great, you can hike a bit from there to find an even better spot for the sunset. Parking just before sunset might be tricky (many spots, but even more people coming), so come early.
Written May 4, 2022
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SuzyM
Austin, TX39 contributions
Apr. 2022
Great drive through the hills and saguaro cactus. The views are incredible as you drive from Tucson to the Saguaro Cactus National Park West.
Written April 24, 2022
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sd2travel
South Dakota650 contributions
Apr. 2022
Drove to Gates Pass about an hour before sunset, walked around a bit and found a good spot to watch the sunset. Gates Pass is a Beautiful place to drive through as well as watch a sunset. Recommend!
Written April 23, 2022
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Pinevalleyite
Phoenix, AZ493 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
We drove this by accident after leaving the desert museum and heading to the Presidio section of Tucson. Breathtaking and worth the ride.
Written April 14, 2022
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Susan H
Tacoma, WA2,461 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Easy pull out with a scenic view of the desert hills full of sorrow cactus. Great place to stretch and take a few photos of the beauty of the desert.
Written February 26, 2022
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Beth W
21 contributions
Feb. 2022
Once you get on the outskirts of Tucson, you begin to see why this drive is so well thought of. The scenery was beautiful and there were places to pull off for pics!
Written February 8, 2022
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Oldiceman
Lewes, DE40 contributions
Jan. 2022
Went there to see the sunset over the dessert and was not disappointed. There were plenty of people, all waiting for the sun to set over the distant mountains. Go early to get a good spot and parking can be a challenge.
Written February 4, 2022
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