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

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. 

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas

While the Santa Rita Mountains are outside our geographic area of concern, there are many of us who are concerned about the status of the Rosemont Mine. Click here to go the the Save the Scenic Santa Ritas website for the latest information.


Our General Membership Meeting and Pot Luck will be held after the Roadside/Park Clean Up on Saturday, October 12, 2019. We have a great speaker, Mike Cardwell, a Wildlife Biologist and seasoned expert rattlesnake specialist and handler who will speak on "Living in Rattlesnake Country." 

(Click here to read more about Mike.) The Clean-Up portion of the day will start at 8AM at the corner of Camino de Oeste and Trails End Road. Dress appropriately and don't forget sunscreen, grabber tools, a small bucket. Large plastic trash bags provided. We clean roadside trash from Speedway to Ironwood Hill Road. Some of us will split off and work the Feliz Paseos Park. 

At approx. 10AM we'll meet at the Denise Garland/Mike Cardwell residence (5201 West Via Mallorca in Mountain Gardens) for the Pot Luck/ General Meeting portion of the day. You do not have to be a member to join in activities, though we encourage you to become one. Bring a dish to share! Please note that the location is in a very hilly area with rather narrow roads. Try to carpool if possible. Hope to see you all on October 12th.  

Looking east from the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood