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

Participate in the "Bobcat Survey"

GPANA member Kerry Baldwin is a certified wildlife biologist and co-project coordinator of the Bobcats in Tucson Research Project. They are conducting a study of bobcats that live along the urban/wildlands interface in Tucson. You can help by taking their survey. The study is by the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and is funded in part by a grant from the Arizona Game and Fish Department Heritage Fund. The survey is for all Tucson urban and desert dwellers, so feel free to share.

Click Here to take The Survey

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.

News concerning the overlook at Gate Pass

Pima County Parks reports... Gates Pass Overlook and G3 gates will be locked overnight starting 11/9/2020. VetSec (private security) will be locking the gates each evening (8 PM) and opening each morning (6AM). We hope that this will help with some of the issues. Initially we will implement for a 6 month period and then evaluate. Any information you can provide after this 6 month period in regards to what you are observing will be helpful.

This action is the culmination of many incident reports and requests by board treasurer Denise Garland and others for the Pima County Parks department to do something about gunshots, noise, speeding. As this is a 6 month 'trial' the Parks department is looking for feedback after the trial period is over. If you live close to Gates Pass Road please take note of any incidents. You can email us at to report any disturbances, after, of course, calling the sheriff's department if warranted. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email us.

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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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