50 miles round trip to upper picnic/trail heads & small town. You get to see all the different mountain growth as you ascend- cactus to tall pine. Plenty of pulloffs to take pictures several w/restrooms. Rose Canyon lake requires entrance fee- quite hefty $9/car and they do not accept Golden Age pass nor do they honor the Sabino Canyon tickets as we were told they admitted us to the Mt Lemmon area. Women at the gate said the fee was for camping, site use- payable even tho you were just sightseeing?? Visitor center is closed on Tues/Wed (we were Tuesday travelers)- disappointing and why closed?? Obama thing?? Despite those hiccups the road is safe, well maintained and scenic- just be prepared to pull over now and then for the impatient idiots that have to speed wherever they drive- even at 8000'.
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