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About Mount Lemmon

Hiking, camping, and skiing are common on Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona. Mount Lemmon’s 9,171-foot peak provides breathtaking vistas and relief from the desert heat.

Driving up Mount Lemmon is a great way to see it. The “Sky Island Parkway” Catalina Highway climbs the mountain with stunning vistas. You’ll encounter a variety of flora and animals as you travel from desert to pine woodland.

Mount Lemmon Ski Valley is on top. This ski area has routes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders throughout winter. The ski slope becomes a hiking and camping spot in summer.

Mount Lemmon’s summit trek is popular. With a 2,500-foot elevation rise, the trek is difficult. The peak vistas are worth it. On clear days, you can see Mexico from the mountaintop.

Stargazing is another Mount Lemmon favorite. The mountain’s night sky is pristine since Tucson’s light pollution is far away. On a good night, you may view thousands of stars and certain solar system planets.

Tucson visitors must see Mount Lemmon. Its beautiful vistas, picturesque driving, and outdoor activities make it noteworthy.

Getting There

Mt. Lemmon Highway
Tucson, AZ.

This address will get you onto the Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway.

Things to See While Visiting the Mountain

  • Ski resort:
    A popular attraction on Mount Lemmon, the ski resort offers a variety of slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, as well as a variety of amenities such as rentals, lessons, and a cafe.
  • Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway:
    This winding road takes visitors past several scenic vistas, including the beautiful Coronado National Forest. Along the way, there are several picnic areas where visitors can stop to enjoy a meal with a view.
  • Picnic areas:
    Located along the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway, these areas provide the perfect spot to enjoy a meal with a view.
  • Hiking trails:
    Mount Lemmon is home to a number of hiking trails, ranging from easy, family-friendly hikes to more challenging treks for experienced hikers.
  • Coronado National Forest:
    Located along the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway, the Coronado National Forest is a beautiful area filled with a variety of plant and animal life.
  • Mount Lemmon Trail:
    This popular hike takes visitors to the top of the mountain, offering stunning views along the way.
  • Scenic vistas:
    Located along the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway and on the hiking trails, these areas offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Wildlife viewing:
    Mount Lemmon is home to a variety of wildlife, including birds, mammals, and reptiles. Keep an eye out for animals while exploring the mountain.
  • Stargazing:
    Due to its elevation and lack of light pollution, Mount Lemmon is a popular spot for stargazing.
  • Visitor center:
    The visitor center provides information about the area and its attractions.
  • Shops and restaurants in Summer Haven:
    Located near the top of the mountain, the village offers a variety of shops and restaurants where visitors can grab a bite to eat or pick up souvenirs. It is a great place to escape the heat due to it’s lower temperatures from high elevation.

Our Visit to the Mountain

It was a beautiful day as we made our way up Mount Lemon. The winding roads took us past several scenic vistas, and we couldn’t help but stop to take in the breathtaking views. The desert stretched out below us, and we could see for miles in every direction.

One of the several scenic vistas we stopped at along the way

As we continued our drive, we noticed some signs of damage from wild fires. Charred trees and burnt underbrush lined the road in some areas, a reminder of the power of nature. Despite the damage, the mountain was still beautiful, and we were in awe of its rugged beauty.

Remnants of charred trees from a forest fire that happened here.

We arrived at the ski resort and decided to take the scenic lift up to the very top. The view from the top was absolutely stunning, and we spent some time hiking around and taking it all in. We decided to take a short hike to explore the area and get our bearings. The hike was more challenging than we anticipated due to the heat and being light headed from the elevation, but the views from the top were worth the effort. We could see for miles in every direction, and it felt like we were on top of the world.

On the way down, we stopped at the village to explore the shops and grab some snacks. We found a secluded spot at a scenic vista and stopped to have a picnic. We spread out a blanket on the ground and enjoyed a leisurely lunch of sandwiches and fruit. As we ate, we admired the surrounding scenery and took in the fresh mountain air.

This is an absolutely gorgeous and must see location when visiting the Tucson area. This was my third visit to the mountain and each time I found something new to see and explore. We will definitely be visiting again.

Pictures of Mt. Lemmon

The mountains just keep going as far as you can see.
Stuffed bear riding the ski lift.
Mount Lemmon Sky Center Observatory
Map of the ski trails from the resort.
Whenever I travel I buy a stuffed animal for my daughter and take pictures of it in the scenery. This moose was purchased at the top of Mt. Lemmon from the Ski Resort gift shop.