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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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Wonderful views and a great place to "cool off" in the Tucson heat

Very enjoyable drive with great vistas and some great hikes. Definitely recommend at least a half day out here.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Phil C
Kerrville, Texas
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Kerrville, Texas
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very enjoyable drive with great vistas and some great hikes. Definitely recommend at least a half day out here.

Thank Phil C
Gilbert, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our way back to Phoenix from southeastern Arizona, we took a detour and drove up the Mount Lemmon Parkway to Summerhaven. It was a beautiful drive with many places to pull over and enjoy the view of the Santa Catalina mountains, Tucson, and the Oro Valley on the back side. You rise from about 2400 ft in Tucson to... More 

Thank Rebecca K
Edmond, Oklahoma
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115 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We rode our motorcycle up the Mount Lemmon Highway with friends. The views of Tucson are near breath taking. Multiple pull out spots to park and view are all along the roadway. In addition to the views down the valley, the geological sights along the road are as thrlling. "HooDoos" line the roadway in many places as well as other... More 

1 Thank BigL49
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

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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Reviewed 12 February 2017

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 

Thank Bob M
Ontario, Canada
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541 reviews
271 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

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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53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Charles G
Tucson Arizona
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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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