Sky Island Scenic Byway

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Sky Island Scenic Byway

Address:c/o Coronado National Forest
300 W Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701

Phone:520-388-8300
Web: www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/ Description:The only paved road that leads to the upper reaches of 9,157-foot Mount Lemmon, the parkway rises dramatically, passing through five life zones, from Sonoran Desert lowlands all the way up to a mixed-conifer forest, the geographic equivalent of traveling from Mexico to Canada. It provides a range of recreational opportunities, including backcountry hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Mount Lemmon offers alpine skiing in the during the winter months.
Legth: 27 miles. Start/Endpoint: From the Sonoran Desert floor in Tucson to the village of Summerhaven near the top of Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Time to Allow: 3-6 hours (including backtracking). Designation/Year: National Scenic Byway (2005).

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I pull off the interstate in Tucson and take the Sky Island Scenic Byway (aka the Catalina Highway) toward Mt.
The proposed improvements to be constructed include: ADA compliant asphalt paved shoulders, along both sides of Harrison Road/Bowes Road for 1.9 miles, from approximately 1050 feet north of Catalina Highway to main entrance to Sabino High School, 1550 feet north of Snyder Road.
A University of Arizona-led research team studied the current plant communities along the Catalina Highway, which winds from low-lying desert to the top of Mount Lemmon, the tallest peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains, northeast of Tucson.