The weekend is upon us and it is time to decide what to do with your precious time off work. Better yet, looking for a way to cool off from the summer heat? Why not try Summerhaven.
The area where this small community on the top of Mount Lemmon stands has been a Tucson summer haven for over a century. In 1906, the trail that the Native Americans had used to reach the summit was improved in a push to make the mountain more accessible. In 1909, Jim Wesfall and his wife, Lita Camacho had a log structure built to entertain guests and called it the “Maricopa Lodge.” At the time, of course, it took the whole day to reach the top. Now, it is less than an hour from the intersection of Tanque Verde and the Catalina Highway, that is if you drive straight up and choose not to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way. There are many summer events in and around Summerhaven to keep your family occupied. You can take a summer ride on the ski lift in Ski Valley for around $9.00. You can have a meal at the Irondoor Restaurant and desert at the Mt. Lemmon Cookie Cabin. You can hike the numerous trails along the trip to the summit. You can camp overnight at the Rose Canyon Campground. You could even go fishing in one of the few places near Tucson where this activity is available, Rose Canyon Lake.
Of course, you don’t have to limit your Summerhaven activities to just the summer. Remember, the closest place to snow ski near Tucson is Ski Valley.
So this weekend, while taking a break from the search for your perfect Tucson Real Estate, check out Summerhaven.