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Address: Mount Lemmon Highway, Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619
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A major mountain range in Arizona.

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Scenic drive, this is how to do it...

This excursion is just a beautiful scenic drive! There are many pull-offs to enjoy the views. There are also a lot of trail heads if you want to hike. When to go: Leave Tucson... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 15, 2015
Jaime S
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Palm Beach, Florida
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Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2015

This excursion is just a beautiful scenic drive! There are many pull-offs to enjoy the views. There are also a lot of trail heads if you want to hike. When to go: Leave Tucson around 4pm, head up the only road up Mount Lemmon. It takes about an hour each way with many scenic stops along the way to view... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

Except for the driving time, this place is really nice to see if you want to escape from the noise of the city.

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2015

The Mt. Lemmon Highway offers a variety of spectacular views from many different overlooks and viewing points. There are many picnic areas, campgrounds, pull outs and different vegetation zones. Restrooms are available at a number of stops. I definitely recommend taking a camera. One should also be prepared for quick weather changes. If you come to Tucson, you should definitely... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2015

What a wonderful drive with family. Great views. Don't miss Windy Point or the Ski Lift at the top. Also, Summer Haven is a great little place for lunch. Prices are high, but for what it takes to get supplies up there, one should expect so. What a relief from the 103 degrees at base to the 73 degrees in... More 

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Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2015

Nice scenic drive with plenty of pull-off points for picture taking. We only drove up and down the mountain, but there were lots of trailheads for hikers. The observatory is at the top of the mountain but it was locked and gated when we got there.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2015

I love Mt Lemmon and have been birding here Jan to May and once in Dec.since 1993. As you climb the mountain, you pass through six habitats; hence different birds at each main stop. My favourite walk is at the Colima Campground. Park near the restrooms, and walk in , checking along the ravine as you go. There is a... More 

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

I drove up mount Lemmon in late March. It was hot at midday, but comfortable. The road is dramatic, but not a world class alpine road. Because the terrain is so rocky, unlike some climbs in Arizona the changes in vegetative climaxes are not so apparent. The top is very disappointing - there is none: the last mile or so... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2014

It's an hour's drive up a winding mountain paved road with stunning views, lots of pull-off opportunities, a small ski area near the top with fun year-round facilities--a sky island wonder!

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

I have traveled the Mount Lemmon HIghway a number of times, and each time I go, I find something different. At the right time of year, species of flowers and birds are plentiful. There are many trails and canyons and other byways, each offering its own habitat with unique species. Other species can be found different places. I like to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

The sheer size and expanse of this mountain range was a surprise to me. If planning ahead to hike, have several alternate hikes planned. Many areas of the mountain appeared to be burnt out and changed our day. Happily, there is still much that is spectacular. The Green Mountain trail was rugged and challenging enough to provide a memorable hike.

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