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. The main road to the top of Mount Lemmon, Ski Valley and Summerhaven village is usually open, unless weather conditions warrant a short closure.
Road closures when weather is bad
Weather conditions can change quickly. When it is raining in the Tucson basin, there is a good chance that the Catalina Mountains are getting soaked. Check today's Mt. Lemmon weather and road conditions.
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 behind them in a new local book on the Treasures in the Santa Catalinas.
Legends of the Catalinas Book Talk on Saturday, January 3 and 10 at 1pm at the Oracle Inn (305 E. American Avenue in Oracle). Meet the authors and talk about the legends. Free. Call 520-623-3733 for more info.
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Read more about the history and legends of the Santa Catalina Mountains.