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

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.

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.

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. 


Gary Kordosky, President

Melisa Ambers, Vice President

Donna Snyder, Secretary

Denise Garland, Treasurer

Tony Knight, Board Member

Roger Carpenter, Board Member

Janice Crowder-Torres, Board Member

Also part of our team is Al Gilpatrick, 2020 Roadside Clean-Up Coordinator

A big THANK YOU to retiring members Carolyn Leigh and John Zadrozny.

We also want to thank all of you who voted. Any questions, suggestions or concerns, please contact us at

Looking east from the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood