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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. Use our Tucson trip itinerary maker site to arrange your visit to Gates Pass and other attractions in Tucson.
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  • Short drive with amazing views of the area both east and west of the mountains. It is a great short cut to the national park.  more »
  • If you are looking for that Iconic place to take a picture of the Sonora Desert, Gates Pass is just the spot. Plenty of parking, trails, restrooms and view.  more »
  • Beautiful drive from downtown Tucson through a mountain pass covered with Saguaro cactus. As you reach the summit you have a spectacular view of the desert valley overlooking the "Old Tucson" movie st...  more »

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To discover the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert, book your stay at an inn just a short drive from Tucson. Staying on the outskirts of the city allows you quick and easy access to some of Arizona's wildest areas, though it does require a car if you wish to enjoy Tucson's shops and restaurants. For the ultimate in indulgence, consider one of the city's award-winning luxury resorts, which feature full-service spa and fitness centers, championship golf courses, lighted tennis courts, and indoor swimming pools.
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