Mt Lemmon is the cool jewel of Southern Arizona. A sky island rising 7,000 feet from the Sonoran desert below, we spend our Spring and Summer days basking among the pines and wild flowers of the alpine forests, our Autumns hiking through the kaleidoscope of Aspens and Maples, and our Winters sipping hot cocoa and playing in the snow. Due to the mild climate of Southern Arizona and proximity to Tucson, Mt. Lemmon is the perfect shoulder season destination.


Along your journey, you’ll pass by magnificent views of Tucson, ephemeral waterfalls, and canyons flanked by hoodoo rock formations. View the unique wildlife including migratory birds, the prolific ladybug hatch, and animals specific to the Southwest and Central America. You will also travel through 4 different life zones that range from the deserts of Sonora Mexico, to the alpine forests of Southern Canada over a span of less than 25 miles.

Take a virtual road trip along the Mt Lemmon highway with the app.

The Road to Mt. Lemmon

A sneak peek at what you may see and find along your journey through the Santa Catalina’s. Just about an hours drive from the city of Tucson to the top of Mt Lemmon, this is something you don’t want to regret missing.


Camping and picnicking is a great way to spend time among the beauty of the forest. Sites are scattered along the highway and are open at different times of the year. The Mount Lemmon General Store is located in Summerhaven and can provide you with any necessities you may have forgotten. Another option is to pick up a delicious meal at one of the local eateries and enjoy it at your favorite spot!