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.
Gates Pass Reviews
It’s been awhile, but we love this hike. There is a spot to park that has a bathroom and a small Pavillion for picnics and social gatherings. Will be nice to get back to that in a few weeks! VictorB more »
busy place on nice weekend evenings, so get early if you want to set up photography. Lots of character. Hiking choices along the road, both sides of pass. Serenity more »
Nice views for sunsets
One of our favorite spots to watch the sunset in Tucson. Perfect area for breathtaking views and picnics. I recommend spending an afternoon relaxing and taking in the sights.
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