A scenic trip to Mt Lemmon from Desert Dove will take about a 1 hour drive. The scenic road will take you through several different ranges. Several turn outs with beautiful views.
The hiking trails of the Coronado National Forest sky islands offer near unmatched variety. Elevation determines not only the air temperature, with lowlands warmer than highlands, but also the types of plants and animals encountered. The warm climate and desert plants for which Arizona is known occur only at lower elevations, while pine, fir, and spruce cover the highest mountain tops, with grasslands and oak woodlands between.
Hikers can explore the desert lowlands during the winter, then come back in summer to wander through cool high-elevation Ponderosa pine forest during the summer months. Fabulous mountain views.
A ski resort in open when snow has fallen. Few people think of snow and skiing when they think of Tucson, cactus, desert, and diamondbacks more readily come to mind. The Santa Catalina Ranger District, however, is home to the southernmost ski area in the United States, which is perched near the 9,157-foot summit of Mt. Lemmon.
The chair lift is in operation all year round, taking visitors to a high overlook from which they can enjoy views of the Santa Catalinas, the city of Tucson, the San Pedro Valley, the Reef of Rocks, and the distant mountains near Globe and Phoenix. These scenic views, combined with the many trails and overlooks in the area.
Iron Door Restaurant
10300 E Ski Run Rd. (520) 576-1321
Sawmill Run Restaurant (520) 576- 9147
12976 North Sabino Canyon Parkway, Summerhaven
The summit is 9,157 feet (2,791 m) above sea level, and receives approximately 180-200 inches (4,600 mm) of snow annually.
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is a new public program initiative by the University of Arizona to make the world of astronomy and other sciences more accessible to Southern Arizona and its visitors by moving science off campus with hands-on-programs high atop Mt. Lemmon.
The following fees apply to all Coronado National Forest fee areas:
$5 per vehicle per day
$10 per vehicle per week
$20 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)
A Catalina Mountain Pass is good at any fee area on the Coronado National Forest. Purchase a Day Pass at Sabino Canyon in the morning, and use it later that afternoon to visit Mt. Lemmon. An Annual Pass can be used at Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon, Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains, or at South Fork in the Chiricahua Mountains. Conversely, passes purchased at Madera Canyon or South Fork can also be used at any other Coronado National Forest fee area. More information on the Passes and Fees or call 520-388-3800.