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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Gates Pass may be just a pull over parking lot for some,but to gaze at its total beauty and scenic views is truly a must when visiting Tuscon. Saguaro cactuses by the thousands on hilly terrain with m...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Gates pass has the most beautiful look out points along a winding narrow road. Mountains and cactus are all around you. A must see for photos breath taking views every where you look. Good for small h...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    We always stop on the way to the Sonora Desert Museum. A great date is stopping at Gates Pass on the way to "Cool Summer Nights" at the Desert Museum. Gates Pass is other-worldly and spiritual. If you...  more »

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