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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
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A major mountain range in Arizona.

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Amazing Sonoran Desert Sky Island

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 April 2016
Kipp M
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Tucson, Arizona
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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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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

Drove up Mount Lemmon Highway to view the breathtaking views of the Santa Catalina Mountains with family from out of state. This is definitely an experience that should not be overlooked on your Tucson vacation 'to do' list. Restaurants at the top of Mount Lemmon provide delicious food choices or picnic tables throughout the 28 mile drive are perfect for... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Loved seeing the five different ecosystems as I went up the mountain. Pictures do not did it justice because there are many glorious areas to view as you go up the mountain. It is approx. 30 miles. If you want to bike it, there were plenty who were doing it. I started at 9:30 and took my time going up... More 

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Forest Grove, Or
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

This drive ends at the most southern ski area in North America. Starts in high desert, proceeds through interesting rock formations, pine forests and ends at the gate to Mt Lemmon Observatory and a ski area. Restaurant at the parking area. Small town just before the end with a small store. Plenty of pull out observation areas. Take a couple... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

While you don't need a map to enjoy the views, the app is unbelievable. With it you can get information on the rocks, trees, views, weather, and history. The neatest thing is the scientific information which helps you to appreciate what you are seeing. It is an hour on the phone and so detailed about what you see that you... More 

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Osage Beach, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Fantastic views, huge changes in topography and plant life. Big temperature swing 82 F vs 54F. Lot's of snow on top of Mt Lemon.

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

Visited in January. There were lots of scenic views. There wasn't much snow so it was a nice ride. Worth the trip!

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Sun Prairie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

Loved seeing the landscape transform from cactus to snow covered pines as the elevation soared! A lovely day trip and lunch at the top was the frosting on the cake.

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San Pedro, California, United States
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69 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

My friends took me here while I was visiting from California.its beauty is amazing. We hiked and took photos and went to lunch.

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Mill Creek WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

We've been coming to Tucson for vacation for 15 years but in the winter, and, as non-skiers, we didn't bring winter clothing with us so we never made the trip. We started out early in the morning to escape the heat of mid/late September. We had no idea. The scenery and vistas as we drove up are simply stunning. Some... More 

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