Destination guide

Mt. Lemmon—the coolest mountain in Tucson

For the residents of Tucson, Mt. Lemmon is both a much-loved refuge and a magical playground. A place to retreat to when summer's baking oven gets too much. Or a place to have fun in, whether it's free-climbing white rock faces or slicing down the snow at the southernmost ski resort in the U.S.A. Visitors staying at one of the many Mt. Lemmon vacation rentals scattered on its slopes will find plenty of magic, too: bizarrely shaped hoodoos, awe inspiring star-camps, and breathtaking views from Tucson's very own "sky island."

Things to do

Drink in the stars atop Mt. Lemmon

Near the mountain's base—not far from many Mt. Lemmon cabins—is Sabino Creek. A short hike up this ravine rewards you with the cool clear waters of Hutch's Pool, a popular summer swimming spot. Mt. Lemmon's peak, by contrast, is known for astonishing views up into the sky, thanks to the extreme elevation and lack of light pollution. Kids will love the astronomy camps at the Mt. Lemon Observatory, awe-struck by stars that lie thick and silvery on a velvet backdrop. Away from the mountain, Rose Canyon Lake is worth a trip for its superb vistas and excellent trout fishing.


Mt. Lemmon—the pinnacle of adventure

Mt. Lemmon has adventure carved into its very bones. The drive up to its 9,100-foot pinnacle—along the gracefully looping "Sky Island Parkway"—is one big adventure in itself. Many heading up from their Mt. Lemmon vacation rentals have a hike or bike around the trails in mind, or just a family picnic. As well as providing spectacular views over Tucson, there are precariously perched hoodoo rock spires to admire while you munch. In summer, the more adventurous slap on the hand chalk, and clamber up rock faces. In winter, it's the pristine snow that calls to the adrenaline addicts.


Summer-time chiller & winter snow magnet in Mt. Lemmon

The spectacular height of Mt. Lemmon, just miles from Tucson, makes it a draw for the city-bound seeking a change of climes. In the summer, when Tucson swelters in 100°F heat, many book Mt. Lemmon vacation rentals for a chance to cool down. Temperatures up here are a kindly 20°F lower than down below. So, outdoor adventures can be had in comfort. Winter on the mountain is generous, too—180 inches of the white stuff most winters. This means Mt. Lemon can be a perfect winter break, too.

Natural features

Mt. Lemmon—the island in the sky

Mt. Lemmon is part of the wider range of soaring peaks that make up the Santa Catalina Mountains. These are famed for their natural beauty, as well as their landscapes that are refreshingly different from the desert plains below. Canyons, lakes, deep pools, and hoodoos make for a real visual treat. Mt. Lemmon is also a "sky island," hosting one of the few enclaves of sweet-smelling, pine-oak woodlands north of the Mexican border. Here, you might see big horn sheep and deer ambling, horny toad lizards skittering, or even black bears prowling.

How to get there

How to get to and around Mount Lemmon

The nearest airport is in Tucson, AZ (TUS-Tucson Intl.), located 23 mi (37 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Tucson, AZ (AVW-Marana Regional), which is 29.2 mi (46.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Mount Lemmon?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,447 vacation rentals near Mount Lemmon. From 45 Cabins to 589 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mount Lemmon for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Mount Lemmon?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mount Lemmon. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tucson: 1,735 vacation rentals
  • Catalina Foothills: 1,205 vacation rentals
  • Oro Valley: 1,258 vacation rentals
  • Rancho Vistoso: 148 vacation rentals
  • Saddlebrooke: 280 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Mount Lemmon! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Mount Lemmon?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mount Lemmon:

  • Tucson: 1,735 rentals
  • Oro Valley: 1,258 rentals
  • Saddlebrooke: 280 rentals
  • Tucson Estates: 1,328 rentals
  • Marana: 921 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Mount Lemmon?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Mount Lemmon. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of Arizona: 494 rentals
  • Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club: 1,650 rentals
  • Starr Pass Golf Club: 1,603 rentals
  • Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment Tucson: 1,455 rentals
  • Mt Lemmon Ski Valley: 1,413 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mount Lemmon listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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