- Type: Recreation & Natural Areas
NileGuide Expert Says:
The Santa Catalinas (or just Catalinas to locals) are a playground for Tucsonans. Head up the mountain during the week, if possible. If it has just snowed, it will be crowded no matter what. The drive alone will be worth it whenever you go.
- Enjoy cool air and mountain scenery at this ragged mountain range north of the city. Crowned by 9,157-foot Mount Lemmon, the range dominates the Tucson basin and offers 150 miles of hiking trails of varying difficulty. The drive up passes cliffs and canyons, lined with saguaro cactus, through pinions and junipers, to cool pine forests and lakes near the top. Day use fees for the park are USD5. Some campgrounds charge a fee for overnight stays. Take Tanque Verde Road east to Catalina Highway (Mount Lemmon Highway).
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