Mt. Lemmon - camp, hike and shop
The Santa Catalina Mountains, Mt. Lemmon and Summerhaven roads are open, but construction may slow down traffic. The Catalina Highway is the only paved road that leads to the top at Mt. Lemmon and Summerhaven.
Recent improvement to the hour-long drive up the Catalina Highway (General Hitchcock Highway) provides a smoother drive up the winding mountain. Work is still being done at Milepost 18.2. Earth momitoring devices are being installed to detect land movement of the retaining walls. Construction is scheduled between 6:00am and 6:00pm through mid-November 2014.
Legends of lost mines, lost cities and a lost mission have been passed down by word of mouth for generations. The most famous legend, the Iron Door Mine, helped launch the early American hunt for gold in the 1850s. Read more about the legends and history of the Mysteries in the Santa Catalinas.
How many Tucson musicians can you ID?
Step back into time - Tucson’s local entertainment scene from the 1950s to 1985
If you enjoyed listening to local Tucson musicians, or performed in Tucson, anytime between the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s through early 2000s, then you probably will be familiar with many of these people who performed music, theatre and comedy and nightclubs where they played. Read pages from a new book on Tucson music, Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades, provides a valuable historical perspective of the local Tucson entertainment and music scene.
If you hike to La Veñtana, the Window, and have photos you'd like to see published in a new book about the mysteries of the Santa Catalina Mountains legends and history, email Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arizona's Gold Rush
The Santa Catalina mountains has been experiencing a gold rush for hundreds of years.
Explore the historical records that account for that thousands of pounds of gold and gold in quartz that has been extracted from the Santa Catarina (Catalina) mountains and the Canyon of Gold (Cañada del Oro). Read about Southern Arizona's Gold Rush.
EMOL.org publisher, Bob Zucker, stands above the town of Summerhaven where burned sticks and stumps are being cleared for a new community. More photos of the rebuilding of Summerhaven. Photo by Melinda Zucker
From the desert sand to the forest snow
Mt. Lemmon is a rare jewel in the hot Arizona desert. Jutting up 9,000 feet above sea level in the Santa Catalina Mountains 25 miles north of Tucson, Arizona, this magnificent mountain peak stands amidst the pale backdrop of the sparse desert sand and cactus.
Enjoy a tour up the mountain, watch videos of the new Summerhaven and fire that destroyed the village and scarred the mountainsides, and learn about the latest developments in the redevelopment of Summerhaven and Sabino Canyon Parkway.
When the summer heat beats down at more than 100 degree (F) in Tucson, visitors and residents enjoy about a 30 degree difference!
Some people accidently spell Mt. Lemmon as Mt. Lemon, Mount Lemmon, Mount Lemon or Mt. Lemman. If you spelled it wrong, Mt. Lemon is still in Tuscon, AZ. Either way, you have arrived at one of the top web site on Mount Lemmon and Summerhaven.