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Santa Catalina Mountains - Mount Lemmon
Description: The only paved road that leads to the upper reaches of Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Range is one of the most scenic highways in the southwest. This 28-mile (one-way) route provides access to a fascinating land of breathtaking vistas, outlandish rockscapes, cool mountain forests, and deep canyons spilling out onto broad deserts. The road starts in the lower Sonoran Desert and climbs to the high coniferous forests. Here, you’ll find plants, birds, animals, and geology that exhibit some of the most wide-ranging natural diversity to be found in any area of comparable size in the continental U. S.

Wildlife to Watch: A wide range of birds can be seen as you travel up this route through varied habitats. At higher elevations, look for greater pewee, yellow-eyed junco, Arizona woodpecker, Steller’s jay, plumbeous and Hutton’s vireos, hepatic and western tanagers, red-faced warbler, painted redstart, black-headed grosbeak, mountain chickadee, violet-green swallow, pygmy nuthatch, and broad-tailed and magnificent hummingbirds. Mammals include white-tailed deer, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, ringtail, gray fox, Abert’s and red squirrels. Reptiles and amphibians include Sonoran mountain kingsnake, Arizona black rattlesnake, tiger rattlesnake, Sonoran whipsnake and canyon treefrog.

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Other Activities: Dozens of hiking trails offer access to the mountain’s backcountry canyons and ridges.

Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service 
Size: 28 mile route (one way) 
Closest Town: Tucson

RestroomsParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesTrailer CampingDrinking WaterAuto TourRV Pullout

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Catalina Mountains - Mount Lemmon - photo by William Radke
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Driving Directions:
From northeast Tucson, off Tanque Verde Road, take the Catalina Highway to the forest boundary where it becomes the Hitchcock Highway. Continue on through deserts and canyons past overlooks, picnic areas, and campgrounds to the top of the mountain.

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Santa Catalina Mountains - Mount Lemmon : Wildlife Viewing Area