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Santa Catalina Mountains

Mount Lemmon Highway, Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619
+1 520-576-1321
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Wonderful views and a great place to "cool off" in the Tucson heat

Very enjoyable drive with great vistas and some great hikes. Definitely recommend at least a half... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Phil C
Kerrville, Texas
A great drive!

On our way back to Phoenix from southeastern Arizona, we took a detour and drove up the Mount... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
Rebecca K
Gilbert, Arizona
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A major mountain range in Arizona.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average1%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“scenic drive” (7 reviews)
“sky island” (4 reviews)
“desert scrub” (3 reviews)
Mount Lemmon Highway, Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619
+1 520-576-1321
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

Very enjoyable drive with great vistas and some great hikes. Definitely recommend at least a half day out here.

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 24 April 2017

On our way back to Phoenix from southeastern Arizona, we took a detour and drove up the Mount Lemmon Parkway to Summerhaven. It was a beautiful drive with many places to pull over and enjoy the view of the Santa Catalina mountains, Tucson, and the...More

Thank Rebecca K
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We rode our motorcycle up the Mount Lemmon Highway with friends. The views of Tucson are near breath taking. Multiple pull out spots to park and view are all along the roadway. In addition to the views down the valley, the geological sights along the...More

1  Thank BigL49
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Uploaded the app "Mt. Lemmon Science Tour" which narrated our trip up the mountain. It was very helpful and explained the origins of the mountains and variations in vegetation. There are impressive views of the valley of Tucson and the surrounding mountains and the hoodoo...More

Thank Nancy K
Reviewed 12 February 2017

If your a native of Tucson, or a new or regular visitor to the Old Pueblo...Mt Lemmon is a must see. The beautiful and scenic drive to the top provides numerous scenic overlook stops allowing the traveler to basque in the Sonora Desert beauty. During...More

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 4 February 2017

We were interested in exploring the snow on top of the Santa Catalina Mountains so headed up the Mount Lemmon Scenic Highway. There are lots of vistas/turnoffs to stop in and walk a little ways to explore some canyons and sometimes some information points. They...More

Thank StanleyandMarie
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

When driving up to Summerhaven, it is worthwhile to stop at the turn offs that have educational signs that explain the origins of the mountains, why they are so unique, what hoodoos are, and what wild life abound. There are plenty of hiking trails. The...More

Thank Marge H
Reviewed 23 November 2016

A great way to spend a few hours + see the gorgeous views. We had a very nice lunch + just really enjoyed a relaxing day. My family will be back to do some hiking + picnicing.

Thank Sonia S
Reviewed 29 September 2016

We went the weekend of Sept 24-25 which was sunny, clear and busy. There are many trails, pull outs, scenic views, picnic area, campgrounds on this road to the summit of the Catalina Mtns There is a phone APP available with reference to all of...More

1  Thank Charles G
Reviewed 15 August 2016

The Santa Catalina Mountains are beautiful enough when you look up at them from Tucson, but when you take that road up to Mount Lemmon, that is when your breath is taken away. The vistas, the panoramas, and the stacked rock formations along the road...More

6  Thank NYU62
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