When you think of Tucson, you think of Saguaro Cactus and the Sonoran Desert, right? This is my second visit to the city, and that is the impression I got last time I was here. Saguaro National Park is beautiful, and we loved exploring both the East and West side. However, on day three of our Tucson stay, we started looking beyond the National Park for more adventures. What we found was something completely different. Just northeast of town are the gorgeous Santa Catalina Mountains.
Usually just called the Catalina Mountains, I was impressed. Parts of the area looked a lot like Colorado or Northern New Mexico – full of pine trees. It didn’t look anything like the desert that was just 15 minutes away!
The beautiful winding Catalina Highway took us on quite the scenic journey. The road (also called Sky Island Parkway) is part of the US National Scenic Byways and it lead us to an elevation of over 8,000 feet on the largest peak in the range is Mount Lemmon. It houses a ski resort. Yes… I said a ski resort. Take a look at this surprising place!