Fees to Use the Catalina Mountains facilities
The U.S. Forest Service charges a fee for those who plan to travel up the mountain. Residents and employees on the mountain are exempt from the new fee. This fee is expected to help improve and preserve some of the area, according to U.S. Forest Service reports. At the present time, those who access fee areas by means other than vehicle do not need to purchase a pass. Parking along Sabino Canyon Road, at the entrance of the Coronado National Forest is prohibited. Violators may be subject to fines.
Fee areas are required for visitors 24 hours a day. After operations center closes, people continue using the roads, trails and restroom sare required to pay the fees. A self-serve fee tube is provided in all fee areas for afterhours pass purchases. Some free days include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, a Free Fishing Day in June and other days that are at the discretion of Forest Service officials. Free days are scheduled and announced in advance.
The following fees apply to all Coronado National Forest fee areas:
A Catalina Mountain Pass is good at any fee area on the Coronado National Forest. Purchase a Day Pass at Sabino Canyon in the morning, and use it later that afternoon to visit Mt. Lemmon. An Annual Pass can be used at Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon, Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains, or at South Fork in the Chiricahua Mountains. Conversely, passes purchased at Madera Canyon or South Fork can also be used at any other Coronado National Forest fee area. More information on the Passes and Fees or call 520-388-3800.
Hiking Mt. Lemmon and Catalina Mountains
The Mt. Lemmon fire of 2003
Some outside links to get more up to date information and view images of the devestation:
Ways to help the Aspen Fire recovery on Mount Lemmon:
Mount Lemmon Zip Code: Mt. Lemmon, Arizona, 85619