David Yetman West Trailhead

photo of trailhead6475 W. Gates Pass Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
LON: -111.10297751000
LAT: 32.21745517000

The paved trailhead is located just off Gates Pass Road on the west side of the pass at the bottom of the hill. It has space for 12 vehicles and provides access to Tucson Mountain Park’s David Yetman Trail. Equestrian staging for Tucson Mountain Park is located at the Richard Genser Starr Pass Trailhead. Open dawn to dusk. Dogs not permitted on trails. 

Outdoor Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trail Running

Who is David Yetman?

David Yetman was born in New Jersey in 1941. Due to his acute asthma his family moved to southern Arizona, Duncan, in 1954 and then to Prescott in 1955 where he went to High School. He later went to the University of Arizona where he earned three degrees in Philosophy. In the 1970’s he began trading carvings by the Seri Indians of Sonora Mexico and to study their culture. In 1977 he was elected to the Board of Supervisors where he served until 1988. While on the board he was a champion for the environment and protecting public lands. After leaving public office he became the Executive Director of the Tucson Audubon Society and in 1992 he joined the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center as a Research Social Scientist. In 2000 David Yetman began his TV career as the host of The Desert Speaks. He is a nationally known author and photographer.

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