Detailed caption information in "Wildlife Neighbors, Tucson Mountains, Arizona" is from Steven J. Phillips and Patricia Wentworth Comus, editors. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, Tucson, Arizona and University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California, and London, England.

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Wildlife Neighbors, Tucson Mountains, Arizona

We are not alone in the Sonoran Desert. Our wildlife neighbors adapted to life in arid lands long before we arrived. We can learn from them and respect their right to continue to live in peace.

Remembering Richard Elías

Pima County and the residents in District 5 suffered a tremendous loss with the death of the Honorable Richard Elías. Supervisor Elías represented the members of the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood Association who reside within his District 5 in the general area of Gates Pass. He was a champion of environmental and cultural preservation and was equally protective of the needs and rights of the most vulnerable members of our community. Supervisor Elías always made the time to meet and understand the needs of his constituents. His vision, willingness to take a stand, sense of humor and decorum will be greatly missed throughout Pima County, but especially with his constituents in District 5.

Gary Kordosky 
2020 President of Gates Pass Area Neighborhood Association

CANCELLED: Painted Hills Clean Up: APRIL 4, 2020, 9 AM
The Tucson Mountains Association has cancelled this event due to COVID19 concerns but encourages visitors to pick up and pack out trash when using the trails.

CANCELLED: Roadside/Park Cleanup and Pot Luck, APRIL 11, 2020

GPANA Board has cancelled the cleanups and the pot luck brunch due to COVID19 concerns. At this point we are not rescheduling. We are hopeful the Fall Cleanups and Pot Luck will take place. Stay tuned!

Cooper Center for Environmental Learning teams with National Geographic, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), and International Dark-Sky Association to share the wonders of the night sky. Enjoy the video!​​

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Did you know?
Our Gates Pass Area Neighborhood Association is a voluntary affiliation. We are NOT a homeowners' association. Our GEOGRAPHICAL AREA OF INTEREST is all areas of the Tucson Mountains, and other preserves and park lands. Our primary focus is the area bordered by the Gates Pass Road summit on the west, Ironwood Hills Drive on the north, David Yetman Trail on the south, and Painted Hills Road on the east. 

Looking east from the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood

Rosemont Copper Mine: UPDATE:  Judge repeals wildlife agency's approval of copper mine due to endangered species threat
While the Santa Rita Mountains are outside our geographic area of concern, the Rosemont Mine would have impact on water quality with the creek that eventually feeds the east side of the Tucson valley.

Proposed Route for Interstate 11 to cut through Sonoran Desert

The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection has excellent information on the status of this proposal and what we can do to protest.  CLICK HERE TO SEE INFORMATION AND PRACTICAL STEPS THAT CAN BE TAKEN TO VOICE OPPOSITION