Catch The Sunset on Gates Pass

4.0

Added by Danny McGee

For unparalleled desert views, Gates Pass is one spot you don't want to miss. After a scenic windy drive up into Tucson Mountain Park, you can pull into one of the numerous parking spaces and enjoy panoramic views of the desert below.

Get on E Speedway Blvd, and follow it West until it turns into W Gates Pass rd. Follow this for 3 miles and the parking lot will be at the top of the pass. There are a few viewing platforms that offer shade from the desert heat. There are numerous trails that you can follow to get whatever view you choose. It is especially stunning during sunset. You escape the heat of the day, and get to witness the sun slowly sink down below the horizon while it illuminates the Saguaros and hills around you.

Read More
Chillin
Photography
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Scenic

Go Pro.

We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more!

Learn More

Reviews

Rate this Adventure

Incredible Drive

The drive up Catalina Highway is worth the trip! Check out the diversity in vegetation as the elevation changes. An easy visit to a Sky Island!

Monsoon Season

Gorgeous place to watch the sunset. Great spot on top of boulders. A little too crowded for my liking.

Gate Pass

Awesome view of the sunset

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Tucson, Arizona

White Stallion Ranch

From $177/night

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson / Lazydays Koa

Tucson, Arizona

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Cactus Ramada 1

Tucson, Arizona

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Cactus Ramada 2

Nearby Adventures

Hike the Brown Mountain Trail

4.0
4.2 mi / 500 ft gain

Hike to the Bowen Stone House via Bowen Trail

2.4 mi / 300 ft gain

Mountain Bike the Desperado Loop

3.6 mi / 231 ft gain

Summit Wasson Peak

5.0
7.4 mi
More Nearby Adventures