Summer on the Mountains. Stay Cool!

Butterfly Trail

Mount Lemmon School may have started in some areas already, but there is still plenty of summer left to cool off atop Mt. Lemmon. Mt. Lemmon is a 365 day vacation getaway. Snow in the winter and a cool respite from the sweltering desert heat in the summer. Those of … Continue reading

Look to the Mountains: A History of Mt. Lemmon

Rose Canyon Lake on the way to Summerhaven and Ski Valley near the summit of Mt. Lemmon.

I found this book on the history of Mt. Lemmon at the Palisades Ranger Station on Mt. Lemmon last summer and have been trying to get time to read it ever since. The complete title is: Look to the Mountains: An in-depth look into the lives and times of the people … Continue reading

The Heavens Through Sky Center’s Telescope

Orion Nebula

(While 99% of the Guide’s content is either Ms. Karen’s or Jim’s product, occasionally we invite adventurous and talented others to write a guest column. Wendy & Richard Buckley are visiting us from Alberta and we encouraged them to experience the Sky Center’s night program. This is their report.) We … Continue reading

A Road Trip to Mt. Lemmon: A Video

road to Mt. Lemmon

It’s a short trip up Mt. Lemmon to the cool Coronado National Forest and the Sky Center beyond. Figure 30 degrees cooler on average. Mt. Lemmon tops out at 9159 ft. It is named after botanist Sarah Plummer Lemmon. Watch this video to see the many things to do along … Continue reading

Hiking On A Cool June Day On Mt. Lemmon

Repelling of Windy Point

June 2015. Ms. Karen, Ms. Rosemary, and I decided to get out of the dry heat of Tucson for a while and do a little cool summer hiking near the summit of Mt. Lemmon.The summit is over 9,000′ elevation, so while Tucsonans suffer in 107 degree heat in the valley, … Continue reading

Hiking Aspen #93 and Marshall Gulch on Mt. Lemmon

Mt. Lemmon Trails

One of the more popular summer hikes on Mt. Lemmon is the loop beginning and ending at the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area at the end of Sabino Canyon Park Road, the narrow paved road that runs through the village of Summerhaven. This loop sports great views of the Wilderness of … Continue reading

Southern Arizona Guided Tour Schedule

Southern Arizona Guide Tours Schedule We currently have no scheduled tours. If you wish to schedule a tour, please contact Jim@southernarizonaguide.com or phone (520) 820-2710. January 2016 – April 2016 (Dates & Times are Subject To Change.) Other tours, such as our Ruby Ghost Town Tour, will be added from time … Continue reading

Mt Lemmon Cabin for Rent

Palisades Cabin

As the weather warms, Tucsonans will be searching for a way to get out of the heat! You can go camping on Mt. Lemmon or you can take a slightly more comfortable route and stay at the Palisades Ranger Residence Cabin, renting for $125 a night. The cabin sleeps 4 … Continue reading

Tucson Day Trip 2: Mt. Lemmon.

Near the top of Mt. Lemmon looking out toward Tucson below.

The drive from Tucson (elevation 2500 feet) to the top of Mt. Lemmon (elevation 9,200 feet) is a fine day trip, particularly in the warmer months.The 25-mile road to the top is windy and picturesque. There are numerous pullouts. The one at Windy Point offers a panoramic view of the … Continue reading