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
I thought our grandchildren might enjoy a nighttime astronomy program so when Groupon offered half-price tickets to the Sky Center atop Mt Lemmon, I snapped up five and made reservations for late August when our 14.5 and 16 year-old grandsons, Morgan & Jon, where scheduled to visit here for a few weeks.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
The Iron Door is at the top of Mt. Lemmon. 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 … Continue reading
The Coronado National Forest is big and diverse. It includes the Santa Catalina Mountains including Mt. Lemmon, Santa Ritas home to Mt. Wrightson and Madera Canyon, the Huachuca Mountains of which Ramsey and Carr Canyons are well known, the Pinaleno Mountains of which Mt. Graham is the highest peak, Chiracahua … 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 … Continue reading