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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway

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Address: Tucson, AZ
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Made the drive up Mt Lemon on our first full day in town and it was certainly worth the time and effort. Most interesting was the changing vegetation as you made the steep climb... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2017
david a
Tiverton, Rhode Island
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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Made the drive up Mt Lemon on our first full day in town and it was certainly worth the time and effort. Most interesting was the changing vegetation as you made the steep climb, something that is familiar from earlier trips to the Rockies, but with the twist that you start in a cactus filled desert. Also fascinating rock formations... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

It's a 45 minute drive up the mountain and you will go through such changes of scenery---from desert to pine forests. The day we visited they had had 4 feet of snow. Not much we could do in the way of hiking so we just stopped in the local restaurant for a snack. There's a community center, general store, restaurant,... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We have traveled this road a few times since moving the Tucson last year. You can escape the Tucson heat in the summertime. The winter is also great for the snow. Our 3 year old loved playing in the snow making a snowman and sliding. There are hiking trailheads along the route and some camping. The best part is the... More 

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Plymouth, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

The husband, son and I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon away from the Gem, Mineral and Fossil show. With 73 degrees and sunny in Tucson, we found it the same minus 20-30 degrees at the top. We prepared for the trip with hats, gloves and jackets but there was no need. With ample snow near the top we saw children climbing... More 

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Foster, Kentucky, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

The road is in good condition, and there are many scenic pull outs to stop and take pictures. It was interesting to see how the landscape changes as the elevation changes. The bottom was full of cacti, and before you know it, you're surrounded by pine trees with snow on the ground! We made it to the 8000 ft. mark,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

It's steep, it's windy and it's a beautiful way to spend a day in the Sonoran Desert. I live very close to this highway and it's extremely popular. Get ready to spend a day there, and sometimes to endure a lot of traffic, but it's worth it. Plan on not being in a hurry, grab a bite to eat at... More 

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West Fargo, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

If you visit Tucson, do not miss a drive up Mt. Lemon. The road is excellent and elevation markers let you know how high you are. At each level, the diversity of the landscape changes. It is a wonderful study of the desert and mountain range. We started with cactus and on the way down we saw a breathtaking post... More 

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Menasha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

A must drive if you are visiting the area. Beautiful views with lots of scenic pull outs for taking pictures. Be careful of bikers as this is a very popular route for bicycles. The snow storms can be wicked during the winter months so check the road conditions before you go. The Catalina Hwy. closes offen during these storms.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We didn't realize how high Mt. Lemmon was and were surprized when we got above 7000'. We got out need the top and hiked around a bit. Lots of places to stop and get beautiful views of the valley

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Princeton, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

This is such a stark and welcome brake from the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. This is a very clear case of altitude effecting attitude. The views and cool refreshing breeze would be more than reason enough to make this drive. As a bonus you are treated to a true mom and pop ski shop and resort at the top... More 

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