Editor's Note:10/4/19 Much of Mt. Graham was devastated by the 2017 Frye fire. We have not been up there since, but will update this page when we do.
Looking for a cool summer getaway? Consider Mt. Graham (elevation 10, 720) and the alpine forest atop the Pinaleño Mountains, about a 3 hour drive east of Tucson. Here you will find some of the best campgrounds & picnic areas in all of Southern Arizona.
Here too is the Mt. Graham International Observatory. The MGIO is a division of Steward Observatory, the research arm for the Astronomy Department at the University of Arizona. There are three very large telescopes, including the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope & the Large Binocular Telescope. Tours can be arranged through the Discovery Park Visitors Center in Safford.
For more ideas on what to do this Summer, see our Cool things to do in Summer page.
For Great Picnic Ideas Click here.
For more information on the Pinaleno Mountaions visit the Coronado National Forest site.
For more things to do in Graham County, visit our Graham County page.