Gates Pass, Tucson Mountains
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...
By Joseph Cyr, AFAR Local Expert
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