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

Thank You to those who came out for the Feliz Paseos Cleanup on June 27, 2020.

We physically distanced, we wore masks, we picked up trash and glass, we got it done! For now anyway. Thanks to board member Tony Knight for organizing.

Remember: If you see any 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 another 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.

Camino de Oeste to Yetman Trail Improved

The section of Camino de Oeste leading to the Yetman Trailhead was heavily rutted and tough to navigate for quite some time, frustrating the local residents and those who use the trailhead. Well, no more! Thanks to the persistence of GPANA board member Denise Garland and member and resident John Zadrozny, the Pima County DOT has finally bladed and graded the road making it a huge improvement for the local residents and hikers. Below is the "after" photo.

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Saguaro cactus in bloom, Gates Pass area, Tucson Mountains, AZ


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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. 

Ironwood tree pink blossoms Spring 2020
Looking east from the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood

Ironwoods dress up the neighborhood

Did you notice while driving in our area just how beautiful the Ironwoods were this Spring? Their bright pink blossoms brought some much needed cheer as we self-isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whatever natural elements conspired, winter rains, spring rains, temps, it was the perfect combination for an outstanding display. Board member and long-time Westside resident Roger Carpenter reported that it's the best display he's ever seen. A big thank-you to board member Tony Knight for this photo taken in his backyard.