Skiing in the Catalina Mountains
The dismal holiday snow storms did not leave much spring snow at Ski Valley. Check weather reports before heading up the mountain. Road conditions can change within minutes.
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Mount Lemmon Ski Valley: The summit is 9,157 feet (2,791 m) above sea level, and receives approximately 180-200 inches (4,600 mm) of snow annually. For snowboarders, there is a terrain park and a half pipe. More from the Coronado National Forest.
Fees to Use the Catalina Mountains facilities
The U.S. Forest Service charges a fee for those who plan to travel up the mountain. Residents and employees on the mountain are exempt from the new fee. This fee is expected to help improve and preserve some of the area, according to U.S. Forest Service reports. At the present time, those who access fee areas by means other than vehicle do not need to purchase a pass. Parking along Sabino Canyon Road, at the entrance of the Coronado National Forest is prohibited. Violators may be subject to fines.
Fee areas are required for visitors 24 hours a day. After operations center closes, people continue using the roads, trails and restroom are required to pay the fees. A self-serve fee tube is provided in all fee areas for after hours pass purchases. Some free days include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, a Free Fishing Day in June and other days that are at the discretion of Forest Service officials. Free days are scheduled and announced in advance.
The following fees apply to all Coronado National Forest fee areas:
A Catalina Mountain Pass is good at any fee area on the Coronado National Forest. Purchase a Day Pass at Sabino Canyon in the morning, and use it later that afternoon to visit Mt. Lemmon. An Annual Pass can be used at Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon, Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains, or at South Fork in the Chiricahua Mountains. Conversely, passes purchased at Madera Canyon or South Fork can also be used at any other Coronado National Forest fee area. More information on the Passes and Fees or call 520-388-3800.
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Books about Mt. Lemmon and the Catalina Mountains
Legends of lost mines, lost cities and a lost mission have been passed down by word of mouth for generations. The most famous legend, the Iron Door Mine, helped launch the early American hunt for gold in the 1850s. Read more about the legends and history behind them in a new local book on the Treasures in the Santa Catalinas. Purchase copies of Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains: Unraveling the Legends and History of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Squeezing the Lemmon II... More Juice Than Ever: A Rock Climber's Guide to the Mt. Lemmon Highway, Tucson, Arizona Climb Mt. Lemmon with one of the more popular hiking books about the Catalina Mountains. Includes maps, photos, route topos and descriptions, and general area information most climbers find handy. 324 pages. Eric Fazio-Richard, Author.