Maps and Directions

Getting to Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

Find Catalina Highway on the northeast side of Tucson. Follow the road up 27 miles towards the town of Summerhaven. Just after the signs in the picture below (but before the town) turn right on to Ski Run Rd. Two miles up this road you will see Ski Valley to your left and the Iron Door Restaurant to your right.  There will be a locked gate on the road directly ahead.

Please park on your your right, in the Iron Door Restaurant Parking lot (the NORTH side of the road). Do NOT park on the left/south side (where you see the ski lift) as this lot will be locked at sunset and your vehicle will be stuck overnight.  We will meet you at the locked gate by the IRON DOOR RESTAURANT parking lot at the appointed time to board our shuttles to the SkyCenter. The Observatory is 1.5 miles up the road beyond the locked gate/parking area - therefore we are unable to accommodate late arrivals.  Remember, reservations are required to participate in any Mount Lemmon SkyCenter programs.

Allow 90 minutes  - 2 hours driving time to get from Tucson proper to the top of Mt. Lemmon. The Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is at an altitude of 9,157ft. Remember to bring warm clothing regardless of the time of year.

For those using Google Maps, the address 9800 East Ski Run Rd will get you as far as the Iron Door Restaurant's parking lot.