Palisades Visitor Center

Area Status: Open

Palisades Visitor Center

The facility has a parking lot and deck, along with the interpretive center, and is maintained by the Santa Catalina Ranger District.

The Visitor Center is where people can gain a brief introduction to the natural and cultural history of the Santa Catalina Mountains and Mount Lemmon. The material and staff available are there to ensure that the visitors will have a safe and enjoyable stay and will treat the natural resources with respect and appreciation.

The Palisades Visitor Center is located adjacent to the parking lot. The staff provides information about trails on the mountain, as well as answering questions about plants and animals common to the area. Books, mementos of Mount Lemmon and Southern Arizona and inexpensive maps of Mount Lemmon and the surrounding area are offered for sale through the Public Lands Interpretive Association. Free Forest Service information is also available in the bookstore.

Download the Mount Lemmon and the Catalina Highway Recreation Guide in English.

Descarga la guía de recreación en español a Mount Lemmon y Catalina Highway.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Summer hours (March 1 - December): 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM daily
Winter hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Friday - Sunday
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Fee charged for some activities, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Day-use: $8 per vehicle
Weekly: $10 per vehicle
Buy a pass online, or purchase a pass on-site with cash or check. Proof of payment, or a valid Coronado National Forest Annual Pass or Interagency (America the Beautiful) Pass, including the Annual, Senior, Access, or Military Pass, must be displayed on the driver's side of the vehicle dashboard. Learn more about accepted passes.
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger District  520-749-8700

General Information


The Palisades Visitor Center is located at milepost 19.9 on the Catalina Highway.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Visitor Centers


Interpretive Site: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Accessible: Yes
Drinking water: Available inside when the Visitor Center is open

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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