June 2012 To escape the oppressive June heat a few weeks ago, we drove up to Mt. Lemmon for the day. Traveling with Ms. Karen & me were her brother & our sister-in-law, Cliff & Lynne, visiting from Florida for the first time. Another reason I wanted to go was that I had heard there [...]Continue reading
Last April (2011), about 10 of us went up to Kitt Peak for the Night Observation Program. For $48 each, we got about a five-hour program that included a very interesting lecture (with slides) on astronomy, a box “dinner” with chips, an apple, and a stale sandwich, and a few hours observing the heavens through [...]Continue reading
Our dear friends Michael and Diane file this report on camping at Mt. Lemmon.
Our favorite campground on Mt Lemmon is Spencer Canyon. It’s the campground at the highest elevation – around 8,000 feet. It’s the coolest in the summer, so you can still enjoy a campfire if allowed. (Currently, fires of any kind are off limits.)
Mount Lemmon is in the Santa Catalina Mountains located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona. It is 9,157 feet (2,791 m) above sea-level, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. Mount Lemmon was named in honor of botanist Sarah Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with Native American guides by mule and foot in 1881, the same year as the Gunfight at the OK Corral.Continue reading
Good burgers, sandwiches, chili. Fresh baked pies. Weather permitting, ask to be seated on the patio. Hummingbird feeders hang all over the eaves. Service can be sketchy if they are not prepared for a crowd or someone doesn’t show up for the shift. They don’t take reservations unless you’re a large group. Dress warmly even in summer. Mon, Thur, Fri 10:00-4:30 Sat, Sun 9:00-4:30 Closed Tue,Wed Across from the Ski Valley lifts. Visit the Website 10300 Ski Run Rd. Mt. Lemmon, AZ … Continue reading
The Coronado National Forest is big and diverse. It includes the Santa Catalina Mountains and Mt. Lemmon. The principle activities in the forest are biking, hiking, and camping. All of the picnic areas and campgrounds on Mt. Lemmon have toilets. For camping, our favorite is Spencer Campground, located at 8,000 feet elevation. It’s more spacious and adjacent to some of the best hiking trails. Visit the Website … Continue reading
In winter, Ski Valley is the southernmost ski resort in the United States. (Probably also the smallest) In summer, the lift is usually open. Kids love to ride the lift to the rim for a grand view of greater Tucson below. And yes, they can hike around up there. In the winter, they turn their skateboards into snowboards. Visit the website 10300 Ski Run Rd. Mt. Lemmon … Continue reading