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

General Membership Meeting and Fall Road/Park Cleanup: 10/17/20

Due to COVID concerns, our Fall Membership meeting will be conducted via Zoom. It will start at 10 AM. Board Member Denise Garland will coordinate. Details on how to join the meeting will be sent to members by email. We're pleased to announce that Joe Frannea from the International Dark Sky Association will be our guest speaker.

Feliz Paseos Park cleanup will take start at 7:00 AM with board member Tony Knight in charge. Masks and physical distancing are necessary.

Al Gilpatrick will coordinate the Road Cleanup starting a bit before 8 AM. Because we are limited to a total of 10 people, you must sign up by emailing

Graffiti: If you see graffiti in our area CLICK HERE to report it to the county so we can get it removed to avoid its spread. We want to demonstrate to those driving through our area that we care about keeping our piece of the desert safe and clean.

​SeeClickFix is a way to report things like potholes to the county.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

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.

Wildlife Neighbors, Tucson Mountains, AZ ( at The text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. The photographs are copyright by the photographers with all rights reserved.

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.

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Neighborhood Watch​  If you have questions about Neighborhood Watch Groups or are unsure if your immediate neighborhood has one, call Angie, the director of Pima County Neighborhood Watch, 520-351-4972 (cell: 520-820-1628) to see if one exists, and if so, who the contact person is. 

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

GPANA Membership Survey

A big thank-you to all who answered our survey. Click here to view the results.