Palisades Visitor Center
Milepost 19.9 on the Catalina Highway
HOURS: Daily 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
If you’re not into desert-country mountain biking, head up the Sky Island Scenic Byway to the wooded and green Mount Lemmon and its many difficult, steep, and rocky trails.
Consider the Aspen Draw (summer only), a popular and technical route, or the Milagrosa Trail, Green Mountain, and the Molino Trail. Stop at the Palisades Visitor Center on your way up the mountain for a trail map.
The air up on the mountain, which rises beyond 9,000 feet, is cooler and thinner, so remember that you probably won’t be in top riding condition up here unless you’re used to the high altitudes.
You can also get information about Mount Lemmon biking trails at the Coronado National Forest Santa Catalina Ranger District (5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., 530/749-8700, www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado, Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.).
Want to get out on the trail but didn't bring your bike? Try one of the following Tucson bike shops to find a rental:
140 S. Sarnoff Dr., Tucson
Ordinary Bike Shop
311 E. 7th St., Tucson
© Tim Hull from Moon Tucson, 1st Edition