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About Mount Lemmon

468 cabins

Desert Moon-Main House-Architectural Gem!

Mount Lemmon house

2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Responds fast! avg. 57 minutes

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About Mount Lemmon

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In a land of Stetsons and spurs, the last thing you expect to see is a car with a ski rack heading up a dusty cactus-lined highway. That is, of course, unless the car was heading for Mount Lemmon in Arizona. To stay in a Mount Lemmon vacation rental, book with FlipKey.

About Mount Lemmon, Arizona

Surrounded by desert, Mount Lemmon is the highest point in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest and has a climate totally different from the area around it.

At an elevation of 9,157 feet, it’s a popular summer getaway for people looking to escape the oppressive summer heat of Tucson and Phoenix.

Named after prominent American botanist, Sara Allen Plummer Lemmon, following her ascent of the Santa Catalina Mountains highest peak in 1881, it’s one of the few mountains in the world to be named after a woman.

On average, the climate on top of the mountain is 20 degrees cooler than at its base which leads to heavy amounts of snowfall during the winter.

With a uniquely different flora and fauna than the desert floor below, the mountain is home to deer, black bear, and newly reintroduced bighorn sheep rather than the usual Gila monsters, snakes, and lizards.

What to do

The University of Arizona’s College of Science maintains an observatory on Mount Lemmon and runs programs and workshops that allow participants to gaze into the night sky using a powerful 32-inch Schulman telescope. The places fill up quickly so be sure to book well in advance.

Fishing for Lake Rainbow trout can be found in nearby Rose Canyon, but with no accommodation or eating establishments available, you will need to camp overnight at the Rose Canyon Campground near the lake.

A popular hiking and rock climbing destination during the summer months, Mount Lemmon is also home to the southernmost ski resort in the United States, “Ski Valley”. Open from December until March, Ski Valley usually receives 175 inches of snowfall on its 21 trails that feature five beginners runs, eight intermediate slopes and eight downhill trails reserved for advanced skiers. Give it a try!

Top Mount Lemmon travel tips

To visit Mount Lemmon and Ski Valley, you need to get on the Catalina Highway from Tucson. This is also a back-road route to Mount Lemmon, but it is only for those with a high ground clearance vehicle and a spirit of adventure. Take Highway 77 in the direction of Oracle State Park after about two miles for the unpaved ascent up the mountain. 

Mount Lemmon is Arizona as you never expected. It’s a place where you can snow ski while being surrounded by desert. To book accommodation in Tucson or the surrounding Mount Lemmon area, visit FlipKey where you will find vacation rentals for every budget and taste.

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