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Gates Pass

Evening Ritual on the Western Edge of Tucson
Residents and visitors alike drive out to the western edge of Tucson on most evenings. The area averages 350 sunny days a year, so viewing the sunset is almost always a possibility. Summer evenings are predictably hot, but you're in for a technicolor show if the monsoon clouds are just right. Gates Pass is the preferred spot. Mid-week evenings, you can sometimes have the vista almost to yourself. From the middle of the city, head west on Speedway. It curves up into the Tucson Mountains after fifteen or twenty minutes, and you won't miss the Pass. Cacti, mountains, and sky: some clichés just don't get old...

Saguaro-studded walks at Gates Pass, Tucson
Gates Pass is just outside Tucson, over the mountain to the Desert Museum and Saguaro NP West. Short and long walks, mountainsides studded with cacti hundreds of years old, rocks and rattlesnakes make this a great spot for adventurous types. And 30-something parents with kids in tow.

Gates Pass, Arizona 85745, USA