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Santa Catalina Mountains, Mount Lemmon

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The Santa Catalina Mountains, commonly referred to as the Catalina Mountains or the Catalinas, are located north, and northeast of Tucson, Arizona, United States, on Tucson's north perimeter. The mountain range is the most prominent in the Tucson area, with the highest average elevation. The highest point in the Catalinas is Mount Lemmon at an elevation of 9,157 feet above sea level and receives 180 inches of snow annually.Originally known by the Tohono O'odham Nation as Babad Do'ag, the Catalinas were later named by Italian Jesuit priest Eusebio Francisco Kino in honor of St. Catherine in 1697.The Catalinas are part of the Santa Catalina Ranger District located in the Coronado National Forest, and also include the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area. The mountain range is considered a prominent range in the Madrean sky islands, and partially delimits the mountain ranges in the northwest of the sky island region; lower elevation bajadas associated with the Santa Cruz River Valley spread northwestwards towards Phoenix.
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  • When driving up to Summerhaven, it is worthwhile to stop at the turn offs that have educational signs that explain the origins of the mountains, why they are so unique, what hoodoos are, and what wild...  more »
  • A great way to spend a few hours + see the gorgeous views. We had a very nice lunch + just really enjoyed a relaxing day. My family will be back to do some hiking + picnicing. 
  • We went the weekend of Sept 24-25 which was sunny, clear and busy. There are many trails, pull outs, scenic views, picnic area, campgrounds on this road to the summit of the Catalina Mtns There is a p...  more »