How to Camp on Mount Lemmon

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How to Camp on Mount Lemmon Reviews

Africancrab Africanc…
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Recommendations for camping on Mt. Lemmon Apr 09, 2010
Do you like camping? Do you camp often? Or are you looking for a place to camp? Well here in Tucson, it is probably not easy to convince someone that they can find a great camp ground when temperature begin to soar over three digits (100-120 degrees). When temperatures rise over 100 degrees you do not have to camp in the heat, you have a few choices and the best of them is Mount Lemmon at a little over 9000 feet above sea level. Lucky for me I live in Tucson so I have had the privilege of seeing most all corners of this gracious mountain. Located in the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado National Forest, Mount Lemmon overs the most conducive camping temperatures in the hot summer months in Tucson. From Tucson, head north on Catalina Highway towards Summer Haven, a small Ski Resort town at an altitude of a little over 8000 feet. Between Summer Haven and the Ski Resort are a few campgrounds open to the public. It is hard to find an open campsite in the summer months because of the numerous people going camping. Mount Lemmon becomes a hotspot for campers in the summer. A day pass is required for the camp grounds, the pass is per vehicle.


1. Plan ahead of time and set aside a reasonable time to head up the mountain

2. Wake up early (6:00 am) to allow early arrival at the camp site.

3. Try the weekdays vs weekends. Weekdays are not nearly as busy as weekends

4. Shop for necessary supply: I recommend you shop in Tucson because even though there is a supply store in Summer haven, it is quite expensive up there.

5. Take your family for a great camping experience in Tucson.

Some Camping Gear you will need if you are new to camping:

* Tents

* Blankets, it does get cold in the night

* Backpacks

* Sleeping bag

* Kitchen details (pots, pans, etc)

* Lamps/ head lamps

* Water bottles

* Lanten

* stove

* Dry easy foods to cook

* Canned foods like baked beans and bread

Camping on Mount Lemmon is a great outdoor recreation activity for individuals, families, couples and friends. Enjoy the experience.
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pacificscorpio says:
great write up.thanks
Posted on: Jul 20, 2010
Africancrab says:
I'm glad it is helpful to you.
Posted on: Apr 11, 2010
magnificent says:
I like this type of review. Thanks for sharing for I will explore other ways to present my reviews. You are appreciated!
Posted on: Apr 11, 2010
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