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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 loved this place for the climbing and sights. At sunset there is no better place to be but high up watching the sun set. We heard wild coyotes in the canyon below, saw reptiles and met some great....  more
    We loved this place for the climbing and sights. At sunset there is no better place to be but high up watching the sun set. We heard wild coyotes in the canyon below, saw reptiles and met some great....  more »
  • You will most likely travel through Gates Pass if you are driving from Tucson to Saguaro National Park West or to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It is scenic at any time but is most spectacular at....  more
    You will most likely travel through Gates Pass if you are driving from Tucson to Saguaro National Park West or to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It is scenic at any time but is most spectacular at....  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning vistas. I've been visiting since I was a child and I think if you're anywhere nearby in Tucson you should drive over here.
  • Beautiful place to hike a little and watch the sunset

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