Travel 7000 vertical feet skyward and 64 miles on an American Scenic Byway. Learn the unique science of a Sky Island.
THIS TOUR CAN BE CUSTOM QUOTED FOR AS FEW AS FOUR PASSENGERS. Join me for a four hour round trip tour up the Mt. Lemmon highway - a penultimate national scenic byway. I'm your expert driver on this tour. The scenery is breathtaking. Our destination is the 9, 135 ft . Mount Lemmon, the crowning peak among the Santa Catalina Mountains, which rise along the northeast edge of Tucson. This paved road - one of the few in the area - winds from dry desert terrain through cool greenery high into the mountains. We'll listen to a curated audio guide professionally produced by the University of Arizona. Highly educational, this guide talks about the amazing science of our unique Sky Islands. We'll learn about rocks, life zones, water, forest and fire. At the top of the mountain almost two miles above sea level we'll stop for the optional breakfast, lunch or dinner. Lunch can be enjoyed outside during warm weather or inside next to a roaring fire during cool weather.
1000: Tour departs the base of Mt. Lemmon
1000 to 1130: Drive up Mt. Lemmon for science tour with two stops for pictures/potty break. Arrive at the Iron Door cafe.
1130 to 1300: Lunch at the Iron Door Cafe and free time to walk around at high altitude.
1300 to 1400: Drive down Mt. Lemmon with one stop for pictures/potty break, arrive at base.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Suggested by Guide: Meeting time for independent travelers for this tour is 0945 am sharp. We will depart at or before 1000 and will not wait for late arrivals. In the case of late arrival there is no refund.
End Point Options: Hotel
Duration: 4 hours
Including optional breakfast, lunch or dinner and stops for pictures. If you decide not to have breakfast, lunch or dinner the tour is 3:00 total.
The highway may be closed temporarily during the winter for snow removal.
2017 high roof Transit XLT touring van. The exceptionally large picture windows, powerful and quiet twin turbo engine and excellent ventilation system make for a calm and smooth first class ride. This van scores four out of five stars for total frontal impact safety and five stars for total side crash safety. The difference between this vehicle and older models is like the difference between a flip phone and an I-phone.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 US Dollars - For optional breakfast, lunch or dinner.
My GL 450 luxury SUV 4 wheel drive accomodates 6. My Transit XLT touring van 14. For smaller or larger groups please inquire. Due to physical space limitations on vehicles the maximum weight per passenger is 250 lbs. On aircraft 200 lbs.