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Gates Pass, Tucson

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Take in the boundless skies and Arizona's dramatic landscape at Gates Pass. Just 11 km (7 mi) west of Tucson, the mountain pass is famous for its scenic byway, frequented by locals and tourists alike. The road offers numerous overlooks that provide panoramic views of the surrounding area and the city below. They're considered some of the best places to capture the sunset in the whole state. Bear in mind that the road through the pass is narrow, and whether you're driving or cycling over it, it's extremely important to take care to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Plan to visit Gates Pass and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tucson attractions using our Tucson vacation trip planner.
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  • Driving to the Sonora Desert Museum we ran across the turnoff for Gates Pass. There is a small parking lot with comfort station ( a real outhouse style facility). The hillsides ringing the area are lo...  more »
  • Totally unexpected and a true treasure for Arizona! The winding twisty road was a joy to drive. Not expected but greatly appreciated were the numerous paved scenic turnouts. The views of the countrysi...  more »
  • This road winds through a beautiful area of high cliffs and Saguaros. There are a couple of viewpoints where you can stop. A caution - there is virtually NO shoulder along this road and there were qui...  more »