Mt Lemmon Day Use Area

Area Status: Open

Mt. Lemmon Day Use Area

Mt Lemmon Day Use Area is near the summit of Mt. Lemmon in a mixed conifer forest.  The site offers shady picnic sites, mountaintop views, and access to hiking trails. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Road conditions and the most current information can be found on the road closure hotline: (520) 351-3351
Reservations: No
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, 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.
Open Season: Year round, but access road beyond Mt Lemmon Ski Valley is closed in the winter
Restrictions: Day use only.  No overnight camping.  No trailers.  Pets must be on leash.
Closest Towns: Tucson is 30 miles away
Water: No drinking water is available.
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger District 520-749-8700

General Information


From Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway, drive northeast on Catalina Highway to the Coronado National Forest boundary, then continue approx. 25 miles to the turnoff to Ski Run Road.  Turn right and follow Ski Run Road past Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley to the parking lot on the left.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information




Interpretive Site: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Yes

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