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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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  • We took the road in order to view the hieroglyphs. The road was very bumpy but, in a rental, who cares? We arrived at the parking lot and it was a pretty good up and down hike to signal hill to view t...  more »
  • We arrived just before sunset and scrambled up the rocks to locate the perfect spot to view the setting sun. We were not the only ones to have this idea! However, it was peaceful and beautiful. I reco...  more »
  • I was visiting Tucson & lucky to be taken up to Gates Pass right at sunset (in January). Free tho limited parking lot on right side as you drive west toward mountains. Hang out at a stone wall with wh...  more »
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  • Great place to catch a beautiful southern Arizona sunset. Easy parking and plenty of secluded spots to enjoy the view in peace. Historic Gates Pass is the link from downtown to Old Tucson, Saguaro National Park, and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Also on the way to Gates Pass is the International Wildlife Museum. Enjoy!
  • Love hiking here or just watching the amazing sunset, awesome views and great hiking
  • This is the place where my amazing bf asked me out for the first time this place is so beautiful it's breath taking once you see the view
  • This is my favorite place in the world. I met the love of my life at this pass and I wouldnt have it any other way . This amazing person I call my boyfriend. His name is Jonathan. He is the most amazing person I have ever met we both have been through a lot (I won't bore you with the deatails.) We made it very far from where we first started and looking back now and him taking me there as out first date and also you falling in love for the very first time. I know there is no one better for me than this man who has stuck by my side and proved to me that love is real and that people are meant to meet for a reason and love at first sight is real he is my knight and shinning armor. He doesn't know how much i love and adore him. But every time I look in his eyes I see for ever. I love you Jonathan I love you so much words can't explain.
  • Great view at night

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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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