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Santa Catalina Mountains

Mount Lemmon Highway, Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619
+1 520-576-1321
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A place to cool off

We went backpacking on the top of Mount lemon and a beautiful pine forest. There were massive... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
Denver, Colorado
via mobile
Catalina Mountains going up to Mount Lemmon

Mount Lemmon is so neat, all the fabulously shaped rocks/boulders/trees. When it's hot in Tucson... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada
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A major mountain range in Arizona.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average1%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“scenic drive” (7 reviews)
“desert scrub” (3 reviews)
“sky island” (4 reviews)
Mount Lemmon Highway, Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619
+1 520-576-1321
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We went backpacking on the top of Mount lemon and a beautiful pine forest. There were massive groves of yellow columbines, and many other flowers. Pretty sure we heard a baby bear cub calling out for it's mom. Love the fact that you can experience...More

Thank Koalatastic
Reviewed 25 June 2016

Mount Lemmon is so neat, all the fabulously shaped rocks/boulders/trees. When it's hot in Tucson, locals drive up to Mount Lemmon on the awesome highway. I stop and take pictures and maybe take a picnic. Bring water of course, and a hat. It's really cooler...More

1  Thank SusieRussell
Reviewed 19 April 2016

The Santa Catalina Mountains rise from the Tucson Valley floor to 9157 feet in elevation. Driving to the top you will pass through desert scrub all of the way to subalpine vegetation biomes. This is the equivalent of driving from Tucson all of the way...More

1  Thank Kipp M
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Drove up Mount Lemmon Highway to view the breathtaking views of the Santa Catalina Mountains with family from out of state. This is definitely an experience that should not be overlooked on your Tucson vacation 'to do' list. Restaurants at the top of Mount Lemmon...More

1  Thank sandshank1
Reviewed 4 March 2016

Loved seeing the five different ecosystems as I went up the mountain. Pictures do not did it justice because there are many glorious areas to view as you go up the mountain. It is approx. 30 miles. If you want to bike it, there were...More

1  Thank Ehshelton
Reviewed 18 February 2016

This drive ends at the most southern ski area in North America. Starts in high desert, proceeds through interesting rock formations, pine forests and ends at the gate to Mt Lemmon Observatory and a ski area. Restaurant at the parking area. Small town just before...More

2  Thank ForestGrove
Reviewed 12 February 2016

While you don't need a map to enjoy the views, the app is unbelievable. With it you can get information on the rocks, trees, views, weather, and history. The neatest thing is the scientific information which helps you to appreciate what you are seeing. It...More

4  Thank BEC308
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Fantastic views, huge changes in topography and plant life. Big temperature swing 82 F vs 54F. Lot's of snow on top of Mt Lemon.

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 6 February 2016

Visited in January. There were lots of scenic views. There wasn't much snow so it was a nice ride. Worth the trip!

Thank frugal-one
Reviewed 22 December 2015

Loved seeing the landscape transform from cactus to snow covered pines as the elevation soared! A lovely day trip and lunch at the top was the frosting on the cake.

Thank SEK300
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