Mt. Lemmon - camp, hike and sho
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.
Books about Mt. Lemmon and the Catalina Mountains
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. Purchase copies of Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains: Unraveling the Legends and History of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Squeezing the Lemmon II... More Juice Than Ever: A Rock Climber's Guide to the Mt. Lemmon Highway, Tucson, Arizona Climb Mt. Lemmon with one of the more popular hiking books about the Catalina Mountains. Includes maps, photos, route topos and descriptions, and general area information most climbers find handy. 324 pages. Eric Fazio-Rhicard, Author