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Pet & Family Friendly Mt Lemmon cabin getawayPrivate 3 bedroom/2-1/2 bath, 1600sqft cabin bordering forest land in cool Summerhaven, just 45 minute drive from Tucson and 30 degrees cooler. In town and walking distance to the village shops. Short 10 minute drive to Ski Valley for skiing & Iron Door Restaurant. Walking distance to Mint Spring and Marshall Gulch Trailhead.
No Cleaning fee & Newly Remodeled Bathroom!Guest Quotes: "Coziness of an Airbnb & the amenities of a five-star hotel. Special touches are so welcoming! Sunrise and sunsets from the deck are spectacular! Perfect mix of City amentities & desert peace. Best Airbnb experience ever. Love the wildlife. Like your own personal botanical garden. Host was attentive but not intrusive. We felt right at home. Charming, Magical, Spacious, Peaceful, Comfortable, Beautiful, Amazing. Extremely Clean. A sanctuary in uncertain times."
Private Tucson Desert Guest House GetawayThis guest house is a pleasant desert retreat in Northeast Tucson, nestled on a large property with spectacular views of the Catalina Mountains. Minutes from from Sabino Canyon, less than an hour to the top of Mt. Lemmon, and close to sumptuous dining. Guests will enjoy a kitchenette complete with a microwave, coffee-maker, toaster oven, refrigerator, and more. Large bathroom and closet. Also available are a pool, BBQ grill, outdoor seating, and play yard. Laundry available upon request.
Lofted more than 9,000 feet above the Sonoran Desert on the highest peak of the Santa Catalina Mountains and nestled in the Coronado National Forest, Mount Lemmon has earned the nickname “Sky City.” People flock here during the scorching Arizona summers, as its elevation means milder temperatures, and in the winter, snow transforms the small community into a paradise for winter recreation.
To reach the mountain retreat (which is home to a mostly seasonal community called, fittingly, Summerhaven) visitors navigate the winding Catalina Highway, which affords jaw-dropping views of the seemingly endless desert and sky. Once in town, you’ll be greeted by mountain charm, including a log cabin-style general store famous for selling many flavors of homemade fudge. You’ll find no shortage of outdoor activities here, including hiking, skiing, and off-roading, as well as high-powered star-gazing at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, a world-renowned observatory operated by the University of Arizona.
Tucson International Airport (TUS) is the closest big airport to Mount Lemmon, located about an hour and 20 minutes from the town. Once you arrive, opt for a rental car: it’s the best way to get around the mountain, and driving the steep scenic byway — which offers picnic spots and overlooks along the way — that accesses this alpine vacation spot is part of the fun of visiting. Know that during winter months, the highway may be closed due to inclement weather, so plan ahead and consider alternate possibilities if you aren’t able to travel up the mountain.
Mount Lemmon is significantly cooler than desert Arizona during typically hot months, making it a favorite spring and summer destination for visitors looking to escape the heat and enjoy outdoor activities. During these seasons you may also witness a remarkable sight: the seasonal hatching of ladybugs, who cling to trees and rocks in massive clumps. In the fall, temperatures dip, and the Coronado National Forest puts on a show, as aspen and maple trees turn gold and red. Winters are chilly, and it snows here. If enough inches of powder build up, the local ski resort opens and snow bunnies whoosh down the slopes.
This observatory is home to two of the largest telescopes available for public use in the United States. The center offers five-hour SkyNight packages that include a lecture, dinner, and the chance to ogle glittering stars, neighboring planets, galaxies, and even asteroids and nebulae — the spectacular clouds of debris caused by star birth and death. You can level up your experience and pay a higher fee to spend the evening with a dedicated astronomer and up to three additional guests.
This ski resort opens only when there’s enough snow on the ground, but once it does, there are more than 200 acres and 21 runs available to skiers and snowboarders. You can hop on the ski lift year-round for a 30-minute Sky Ride to the top of the mountain and fantastic views.
Thanks to the extreme variation in elevations, the Coronado National Forest is home to a multitude of landscapes, from deserts populated by soaring rock formations and saguaro cactus to mountain lakes and canyons. The slate of recreational options is just as varied and includes hiking, rock climbing, snow sports, and scenic picnics.