Department of Transportation.
Start your journey among giant saguaro cacti of the Sonoran desert and climb to shady conifer forests at nearly 9,000 feet, passing biological diversity equivalent to a drive from Mexico to Canada in just 27 miles. Enjoy spectacular views and recreational opportunities from hiking and camping to picnicking and skiing.
Getting to the Byway:
* Get onto Speedway Blvd and go east. * Follow until you reach Wilmot Road and curve on to Tanque Verde Road. * Turn to the left on Catalina Highway. * The byway begins on this road, where it becomes Mt. Lemmon Highway shortly before entering the Coronado National Forest.
Navigating the Byway:
* The Sky Island Scenic Byway starts at the junction of E. Catalina Hwy and N. Lemmon Short Rd. * From this point, drive northeast on Mt. Lemmon Hwy to Summerhaven, AZ, where the byway ends.