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Coronado National Forest

Just a short drive from the arid deserts, these spectacular ranges are home to lush trails, caves, lakes and snowy mountains.

Coronado National Forest spreads across nearly 2 million acres (700,000 hectares) of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. The forest includes 12 mountain ranges or “sky islands” that shoot high above the desert below, some reaching almost 11,000 feet (3,300 meters). Head to the Coronado National Forest to escape from the bustle and heat of the city and explore the outdoors. 

If you are feeling energetic, take your pick from a number of activities, such as horseback riding or mountain biking. Head out in a boat or have a swim in one of the forest’s five lakes. Coronado National Forest is the ideal spot for hiking with over 1,100 miles (1,700 kilometers) of trails that range vastly in both environment and difficulty level. Hike through the unspoiled greenery, breathe in the fresh mountain air and do some wildlife spotting. The Coronado National Forest is home to more than more than 500 native species.

Take the family camping at one of the dozens of campsites spread throughout the forest’s eight designated wilderness areas. If you are after a more rustic experience, set up camp in one of the roadless areas and enjoy the tranquility. 

Pack lunch and relax at the Madera Canyon Picnic Area in the Santa Rita Mountains. If you are interested in rock climbing, head to the Santa Catalina Ranger District. Onyx Cave and Cave of the Bells in the Santa Rita Mountains offer a fascinating look at the underground ecosystem of the area. In winter, try skiing or snowboarding at Mount Lemmon, just outside Tucson, which is home to the United States’ southernmost ski resort. 

Coronado National Forest is about an hour’s drive from Tucson. In contrast with the sweltering desert temperatures of the surrounding flats, the forest climate is mild. The tops of the mountains are often dusted with snow, even in summer. Dress for cooler temperatures and if you are hiking, wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.  


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Original Mt. Lemmon Tiny Home
Original Mt. Lemmon Tiny Home

Original Mt. Lemmon Tiny Home

Mount Lemmon, AZ
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Summerhaven, this romantic cabin is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Coronado National Forest and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Mt Lemmon Ski Valley. Santa Catalina Mountains and Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Central Mt Lemmon Getaway w/ 2 Decks, BBQ & Views!
    Central Mt Lemmon Getaway w/ 2 Decks, BBQ & Views!

    Central Mt Lemmon Getaway w/ 2 Decks, BBQ & Views!

    Mount Lemmon, AZ
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Mount Lemmon cabin is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Coronado National Forest and Mt Lemmon Ski Valley. Santa Catalina Mountains is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

      Large family oriented cabin, built for easy living and people who love to cook
      Large family oriented cabin, built for easy living and people who love to cook

      Large family oriented cabin, built for easy living and people who love to cook

      Mount Lemmon, AZ
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Mount Lemmon cabin is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Coronado National Forest and Mt Lemmon Ski Valley. Santa Catalina Mountains and Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Storybook Mt Lemmon Log Cabin
        Storybook Mt Lemmon Log Cabin

        Storybook Mt Lemmon Log Cabin

        Mount Lemmon, AZ
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Summerhaven, this cabin is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Coronado National Forest and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Mt Lemmon Ski Valley. Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory and Santa Catalina Mountains are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Quintessential Log Cabin Nestled in Soaring Pines
          Quintessential Log Cabin Nestled in Soaring Pines

          Quintessential Log Cabin Nestled in Soaring Pines

          Mount Lemmon, AZ
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Summerhaven, this romantic cabin is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Coronado National Forest and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Mt Lemmon Ski Valley. Santa Catalina Mountains and Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Beautiful Mountain Retreat in Summer Haven Mt Lemmon AZ.
            Beautiful Mountain Retreat in Summer Haven Mt Lemmon AZ.

            Beautiful Mountain Retreat in Summer Haven Mt Lemmon AZ.

            Mount Lemmon, AZ
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Summerhaven, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Coronado National Forest and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Mt Lemmon Ski Valley. Santa Catalina Mountains and Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Surrounded by forest: Impressive log home with luxurious interior amenities
              Surrounded by forest: Impressive log home with luxurious interior amenities

              Surrounded by forest: Impressive log home with luxurious interior amenities

              Mount Lemmon, AZ
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Mount Lemmon vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Coronado National Forest and Mt Lemmon Ski Valley. Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory and Santa Catalina Mountains are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Private Mountain Casita- Petroglyphs, Hiking - Next To Catalina State Park
                Private Mountain Casita- Petroglyphs, Hiking - Next To Catalina State Park

                Private Mountain Casita- Petroglyphs, Hiking - Next To Catalina State Park

                Tucson, AZ
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Tucson, this historic cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Oro Valley Marketplace, Catalina State Park, and Catalina State Park. Golf Club at Vistoso and Pusch Ridge Golf Course are also within 12 mi (20 km).