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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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  • My wife and I drove it to Summerhaven this week. The weather was perfect and very little traffic, but all the rest rooms were closed as was the Community Center at Summerhaven. We found this to be...  more »
  • I had seen a map of this area showing that it was largely burned out during the summer of 2020. Although we could not see any fire damage from our resort in the foothills, we could see dry, Sonoran.....  more »
  • Incredible mountain roadway engineering. Sometimes sad to see the ravages of fires, but always astounded by the natural beauty of these mountains.  more »

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