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.

IMPORTANT! November is Board Elections and Membership Renewal month.

​​GPANA Election Ballots and Membership Renewal forms were mailed out on November 3, 2019. Be sure to vote and renew your membership by filling out the forms and writing a check for dues. The deadline for ballots and dues is November 30, 2019. If you prefer to pay by credit card, go to the JOIN page in the menu bar and click the "I'd like to renew..." button. As we're not yet set up for online voting, please return your ballot in the SASE provided. Annual dues have been increased to $20 per household (limited to 2 people). The increase in dues is to cover our increased expenses. Memberships are active for a calendar year, January 1 to December 31. 

Not yet a member? November is the ideal time to join for 2020. Go to the JOIN page in the menu bar and click on the "I'd like to join GPANA" button.

Looking east from the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood