These roadside picnic areas are grouped conveniently along the Catalina Highway near the crest of the Santa Catalina Mountains in the cool ponderosa pines within a short drive of trailheads, Ski Valley...[more]
Box Elder Picnic Area
From Tucson, take Tanque Verde Road east to the Catalina Highway . Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary. Then continue up the Catalina Highway 23.5 miles to Inspiration Point. The Catalina Highway is paved, but chains or 4-wheel drive may be required in winter due to snow.
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