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 an open gate on the road directly ahead.
Please proceed for the remaining two miles on the access road to a locked gate. Our Mt Lemmon SkyCenter sign will be on the right. Please pull off to the right side of the road, and wait until the presenters come to open the gate. They will escort your vehicle on to our property, and instruct you on how best to park there. Please take a moment to make sure that any automatically illuminating lights (overheads, headlights, etc) are disengaged before you leave your vehicle. We run light-sensitive equipment on the mountain, and our scientists greatly appreciate maintaining low white levels at all times.
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.