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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, Tucson

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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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  • It is one of the most impressive routes I have taken.....also a little scary. But it is worth the effort. A lot of turns and curves while ascending so be careful driving following the posted speed... 
    It is one of the most impressive routes I have taken.....also a little scary. But it is worth the effort. A lot of turns and curves while ascending so be careful driving following the posted speed...  more »
  • The Mr and I took the Mt Lemming Scenic By-Way on a Sunday morning after touring Sabino Canyon. What a glorious ride it was! We throughly enjoyed the scenery on the way. We decided to ride it all....  more
    The Mr and I took the Mt Lemming Scenic By-Way on a Sunday morning after touring Sabino Canyon. What a glorious ride it was! We throughly enjoyed the scenery on the way. We decided to ride it all....  more »
  • Spectacular experience driving up the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway. It takes about 45 min to reach the summit and as you make the climb to over 9000ft, you travel through 4 different ecosystems, the... 
    Spectacular experience driving up the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway. It takes about 45 min to reach the summit and as you make the climb to over 9000ft, you travel through 4 different ecosystems, the...  more »

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