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Santa Catalina Mountains

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Address: Mount Lemmon Highway, Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619
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+1 520-576-1321

A major mountain range in Arizona.

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Nancy K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 rock formations. There are many vista points along the way that offer good stops to... More 

Thank Nancy K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the summer months temperatures can drop by as much as 20° to 25° from the... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 describe this as driving from Mexico to Banff, Alberta and that was exactly how it... More 

Thank StanleyandMarie
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 vistas are exquisite.

Thank Marge H
Islamorada, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
abra susojos,new mex, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the above mentioned features. If possible, get information that you are interested in ahead of... More 

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Tucson Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 are nothing short of stunning. The road takes you up further than 8000 feet, and... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We went backpacking on the top of Mount lemon and a beautiful pine forest. There were massive groves of yellow columbines, and many other flowers. Pretty sure we heard a baby bear cub calling out for it's mom. Love the fact that you can experience so many different ecological zones in one mountain. Great place to cool off from the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Mount Lemmon is so neat, all the fabulously shaped rocks/boulders/trees. When it's hot in Tucson, locals drive up to Mount Lemmon on the awesome highway. I stop and take pictures and maybe take a picnic. Bring water of course, and a hat. It's really cooler there and if you go, you will have a lovely drive and a lovely day.... More 

1 Thank SusieRussell
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

The Santa Catalina Mountains rise from the Tucson Valley floor to 9157 feet in elevation. Driving to the top you will pass through desert scrub all of the way to subalpine vegetation biomes. This is the equivalent of driving from Tucson all of the way into Canada as far as the the types of plants that you will see. A... More 

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