Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway

DurationDuration 4-6 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 1
tour Tour Stops 11


Located just outside of Tucson, this tour features the tallest peak in the Santa Catalina Range - Mount Lemmon. You’ll begin your drive in the desert, then make your way up the mountain stopping at overlooks, hikes, and picnic areas. Watch the landscapes change until you reach the summit where you’re greeted by the small village of Summerhaven that sits amid conifers and aspen trees.

Check out our tour FAQ's below for more information.

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Water: Bring plenty of water and drink it. Dehydration can happen long before you’re really thirsty.

Sun: Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Many of the trails have no shade.

Cacti: Getting poked is no joke. At low elevations wear closed-toed shoes with good soles and be careful to protect leashed pets.

Snow/Ice: At high elevations, frostbite and hypothermia can occur, so be sure to wear appropriate clothing. Drivers, be aware that slippery surfaces are common, and roads are sometimes closed.

Road hazards: Go slow at all times. Always obey speed limits. Look for animals crossing. Check with the rangers for up-to-date closure information.

Animals: Keep a safe distance from any wildlife you encounter, for their sake and yours.

Pets: Leashed pets are allowed on the trails.  You are not allowed to have a pet unattended in the car, even if the motor is running.

Park entry: $8/car if you’ll be parking

Lunch: $10-20/person (Important: there are no restaurants until you get up to Summerhaven, at the summit, and even then, there are only a few.)

Water: $10

Chairlift and Skiing: $15 to ride the chairlift; $65/adult ($35/child) to ski 

Snacks: $8-15 

Gifts/Souvenirs: $20-50 (really, this is entirely up to you.)

If you time it right, you may be coming down the mountain just in time for sunset at Windy Peak, and while it’s pretty any time of day, you really will be in for a treat at sunset.  If you’re hiking, however, it’s best to go in the morning so there’s plenty of daylight while you’re on the trail. You'll want to spend about 2-6 hours in the park.

Car charger (important)

Phone car mount

Sneakers/Hiking shoes

Hiking Clothes

Water Bottle (it is the desert), EXTRA water (1 gallon per person per day)

Bug Spray


Sunglasses and hat

Hand sanitizer




Layers - it can get cold on the summit

Tour FAQs

This tour has 18 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go! 

  • Phone charger - very important!
  • Phone mount
  • Layered clothing for sun protection and changing temperatures - it can get cold at the summit!
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Refillable water bottles - the desert heat can be unpredictable and cause dehydration
  • Good hiking shoes/sneakers
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Hats/sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Bug Spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cash
  • Birders should bring a bird ID book
  • Park entry: $8/car
  • Lunch: $10-$20/person (Important: there are no restaurants until you get up to Summerhaven, at the summit, and even then, there are only a few.)
  • Water: $10
  • Chairlift and Skiing: $15 to ride the chairlift; $65/adult ($35/child) to ski 
  • Snacks like fudge, cookies or pie: $8-$15 
  • Gifts/Souvenirs: $20-$50

The road is open 24 hours a day, but we recommend driving and hiking during daylight hours. 

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience. 

No, this tour is only available in one direction. 

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We used Shaka back in 2017 on our trip to Oahu and the big island, so when we were going to Maui, I knew I had to buy the bundle. This is truly the way to go if you want to drive yourself. Great insights and stories and you stop when and where you want. Highly recommend !!! We literally toured the entire island from the west side of Maui to the road to Hana loop in 2 fun filled days. I will be back when we plan our trip to Kauai

Wish I had this for every travel location!

Absolutely amazing concept and execution! My husband and I rented a convertible for a day and used the Shaka Guide to do a clockwise tour from Waikiki to North Shore and back. I loved that the tour knew our location and gave turn by turn directions while also giving stories/info and providing relaxing local music. It really made the entire experience enjoyable for everyone and took away all the stress. Absolutely recommended for anyone visiting any location they have a tour for!

Great as you’re driving around, but…

This was a great app to have for our Hawaiian vacation! We certainly learned a lot and got to explore places we would have otherwise missed out on. However… 1. The tours are a little repetitive. We heard the same stories about King Kahmehameha and about the Hawaiian princess that loved education multiple times. It would be better if there were different stories on each tour so that if you did multiple tours, you got different experiences each time. 2. Driving tours were way better than walking tours, especially for families. It was hard to hear and share the walking tour with my family, and the GPS wasn’t as reliable walking around. Definitely worth the purchase, but it would be nice if a little more thought was put into these things.

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