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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, Tucson

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Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
Watch the desert disappear into panoramic mountain scenery along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway. Just a short drive of 43.5 km (27 mi) takes you from the Sonoran Desert with its cacti, Joshua trees, and mesquite plants up to cool forests of oak, fir, pine, and aspen typical of the Canadian ecological zone. As you progress through the byway, you'll see wide vistas of the deserts below and the rocks and mountains above. Every 304.8 m (1,000 ft) you ascend is comparable to driving north 965.6 km (600 miles). For this reason, be sure to pack extra clothing--the temperature can vary 30 degrees from the base to the top. Get fuel and food before driving the byway; there are no convenience stops. Add Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway to your Tucson travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tucson trip planner.
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  • This drive is amazing any time of year. You can escape the heat in the summer and visit the snow in the winter. The drive has got places to stop and get a great view of Tucson. So much wildlife and...  more »
  • The ride up and down Mount Lemon was awesome. There were quite a few scenic pull-outs to view Tucson from the mountain. If you have time it is well worth the drive.  more »
  • Drove all the way to Summer Haven which is about 90 minutes each way. You go up 9000 feet and the temperature went down to 56 from 90. Not much to do in Summer Haven but went to the General Store and....  more »
  • Great place for a break up.
  • Loved the drive up and the overlook stops. A must do
  • Sunset at Windy Point is Beautiful
  • No cap it doesn’t feel like you’re in Arizona
  • Great camping and hiking site. Camera and binoculars are a must.

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