Gunsight Pass

Location: Southeast of Tucson, east of Green Valley.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Description: Old mining road with beautiful views from Gunsight Pass and Lopez Pass at the top of the Santa Rita Mountains. This is a popular ATV area. Make sure you stay on numbered routes only and follow Tread Lightly guidelines. Narrow, rocky trail climbs steeply to an elevation over 5,000 feet. Rutted with loose rock in several places. Suitable for aggressive stock vehicles with high ground clearance. Some backcountry driving experience recommended. Don’t go alone.

Time & Distance: A short drive from Tucson. The trail is more than 23 miles off pavement. Allow 2 to 3 hours.

Trail Conditions: Coronado N.F., Nogales Ranger District. Call (520) 281-2296.


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Remember: trail conditions, fire restrictions, weather, and land ownership change constantly so everyone must take responsibility for themselves, both for their safety and complying with all laws. Please understand that means YOU.


Directions to the Trail: Follow Hwy 83 south from exit 281 of I-10. Turn right 0.4 miles south of mile marker 47. Watch for a sign for Rosemont Junction after a rest area on the right side of the road.


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Get yourself and your rig ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are prepared for your next adventure.

Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of having your full-on bug-out-bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.

Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save the number to Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Their number is (602) 697-8306.


If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!




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2 thoughts on “Gunsight Pass

  1. kermit says:

    Gunsight Pass has been gated off by the Rosemont Mine people. I was there on Sunday 11/1/15 and a brand new gate has been installed on the Western approach blocking access to both Gunsight & Lopez Pass. This is a marked Forest Service trail that has been in use for over a hundred years and blocking public access is just wrong. If you agree please join the fight to get it reopened.

  2. jehu says:

    Write, call or email the company that owns Rosemont and the property the roads go through.

    Corporate Office
    Hudbay Minerals Inc.
    25 York Street
    Suite 800
    Toronto , ON M5J 2V5
    Telephone: 416 362-8181
    Facsimile: 416 362-7844

    Media Relations
    Scott Brubacher
    Director, Corporate Communications

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