Tucson's recreational outlet, Mount Lemmon (Mt. Lemmon) is available all year for hiking, camping and day trips.
A visit to Mount Lemmon is a scenic hour-long drive from the desert floor of Tucson to a lush, regrowing, forest over 9,000 feet in the sky.
The foothills of the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, AZ. begins with the hour long journey to the top of the hill known as Mount Lemmon (Mt. Lemmon), Arizona and the village of Summerhaven, Arizona.
As the weather cools in the Tucson valley, it also cools at the top of the Santa Catalina mountains by 25-30 degree F.
If you plan to travel in the morning, it will be chillier when you get to the top at Summerhaven or the Ski Lift. Bring an extra sweater or jacket in case the temperatures drop.
Explore Mt. Lemmon today.
Mount Lemmon Marathon October 2010
The annual Mount Lemmon Marathon will be held October 17, 2010 at 6:00 a.m. Up to 2,500 runners can participate in a full or half marathon. The full marathon is 26 miles long from the bottom to the top of the mountain. Read more about the Mt. Lemmon Marathon.
Mt. Lemmon Oktoberfest 2010
The 2010 Mt. Lemmon Oktoberfest 2010 is being held on weekends at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, 10300 Ski Run Road Mount Lemmon, AZ.
This year, the Oktoberfest is September 18-19, 25-26, October 2-3, and October 9-10, 2010 from noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Parking charge is $4. Food is extra. For more info, call 520/576-1321. The 2011 Mt. Lemmon Oktoberfest will also be held in September and October.
Visit Mt. Lemmon and Summerhaven. Watch videos, read about the mountain and community. Get weather and road condition links.
Mt. Lemmon is also written as Mt. Lemon, Mount Lemmon, Mt Lemon, Muont and Mount Lemon. That has lead to some confusion to the correct spelling for Mt. lemmon. Frog Mountain is another name for the Summerhaven valley.
Making Mt. Lemmon out of Lemonade
The devastating Aspen Fire on June 17, 2003 nearly destroyed the Summerhaven community. Only a few building withstood the inferno. Reconstruction is continuing with new cabins, stores and a community center. Watch a video of the Santa Catalina Mountains Aspen's fire.
Top Photo: Overlooking Summerhaven during construction after the fire.
Bottom Photo: Looking over Summerhaven during the first snow of the season on Thanksgiving Day 2008. The unexpected downfall stranded a number of tourists. © 2009 BZB.
Mt. Lemmon, AZ Index
Watch videos, read about Mt. Lemmon and the Summerhave community. Get weather and road condition links. Mt. Lemmon map.
What to do when you get to the top of Mt. Lemmon. Stores, restaurants and sites to see.
The winter 2010-2011 snowfall season at Ski Valley begins soon. Hours, information and resources. RSS weather reports.
Continuously updated RSS weather reports on Mt. Lemmon weater and driving conditions.
Mt. Lemmon Internet links. Hiking spots, camping, Forest Service information, road conditions, etc.
Legends and history of Mt. Lemmon
The Santa Catalina Historic Preservation Project
Saving history with a mission
An old battered adobe building, with a stone foundation, sitting at the mouth of the Cañada del Oro, has some historical significance.
Called the “Mission of Santa Catalina,” the undated structure may have been a mission in the 1700’s. It was a way station for miners crossing through the mountains during the 1800s, the main road north through the mountains, and the first guest ranch in the area “Linda Vista Guest Ranch” - during the early 1900s. Now, it is a home with a mission and needs to be preserved. Read more about the Santa Catalina Historic Preservation Project.