Gates Pass

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  • Address: Gates Pass, Tucson, Arizona 85745, USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Scenic Drive, Family And Kids, Nature

Gates Pass - Review

The Gate Pass is the gateway to the Tucson Mountains and consists of a scenic route which overlooks the whole city of Tucson. This gate was started in the late 19th century by Thomas Gates as a shortcut to reach the Tucson Mountains. The pass has been featured in many popular TV series and is one of the ‘must-sees’ if you like small road trips.

If you love photography, carry a camera to capture a few photographs here to add to your collection.

Highlights include:

  • Sunsets and Sunrises while driving through the pass.

Gates Pass Information

  • Cary bottled water and snacks with you.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen. 

How To reach Gates Pass by Public Transport

  • By Bus: At Western Way Ci/Kinney Rd (around 10 kilometers away)
  • By Car
  • By Taxi

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TripHobo Highlights for Gates Pass

  • Gates Pass Address: Gates Pass, Tucson, Arizona 85745, USA, United States
  • Gates Pass Timing: 24-hrs
  • Gates Pass Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Gates Pass(preferred time): 08:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Gates Pass: 04:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Gates Pass

  • 31.44% of people who visit Tucson include Gates Pass in their plan

  • 51.67% of people start their Gates Pass visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Gates Pass

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Gates Pass

People normally club together Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway while planning their visit to Gates Pass.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Gates Pass, Tucson Reviews

  • The scenic road is beautiful. After visiting the Red Hills Visitor Center, we drove on the Gates Pass. The road is hilly. There are many good stops on the road. The mountains are beautiful with Saguaro. We spent about 30 minutes on Gates Pass Road.

  • Awesome drive and the sunset is the main attraction

  • Nice place to watch sunsets. Also you can hike further up the mountain for nice views. The parking area holds a few cars.

  • 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!

  • #1place in Tucson for watching sunsets and believe me, they're off the hook gorgeous. It is also home to the sentinels of the desert. My husband and I often take sunset picnic hikes to celebrate birthdays and to toast wedding anniversaries.

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