Plan Your Visit
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. At the top of this road (about 2 miles) drive through the open Forest Service gate at the end of the parking lot. This is the observatory road. (Note: During the winter months this (lower forest service) gate will be closed and you can proceed no further. We will meet you here at the appointed time.) Go up the road (another 2 miles) to the second, closed, Forest Service gate. Park in the lot to the left. We will greet you here and admit you to the main observatory grounds at your scheduled arrival time. Remember, reservations are required to participate in any Mount Lemmon SkyCenter programs.
Allow 90 minutes 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 GPS assistance, the address 9800 East Ski Run Rd will get you very close to our location given the above directions.