The only way to really reach the mountain is on the Catalina Highway that begins in Tucson. During the winter months it is advisable to use vehicles that have four wheel drive and/ or snowchains as the road can become very slippery.
There is a road fee in order to get up the mountain unless visiting for circumstances such as visiting a business in Summerhaven. These can be paid at the foot of the road, and additional information can be viewed on the Mount Lemmon Website.
Dehydration is very easy on the mountain and altitude sickness is very common so be sure to drink plenty of water in order to avoid both!
On average the climate at the summit is at least twenty degrees cooler than it is at the base. Please note that this means ample amounts of snow can, and do!, fall on the mountain during the winter months.
The town of Summerhaven, which has a year-round population of 100 that swells up during the summer months. Most of the town is being completely rebuilt after the 2003 Aspen Fire destroyed most of it.
• Astronomy Camps are run at the Mount Lemmon astronomical observatory throughout the year for teenagers, adults, and educators. Campers spend time learning how to use the astronomical facilities, which range up to telescopes 61" in size, and collect their own research data. Truly a must-do for any astronomy guru, although the camps tend to fill very quickly so check their website for details.
• Ski Valley is the southernmost ski resort in the United States.
• Mt. Lemmon Cafe, 520-526-1234
• Summerhaven Coffeehouse 520-576-1586, both a bakery and a coffeehouse
• The Alpine Lodge, 520-576-1544
• Aspen Trail Bed and Breakfast
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