The Mount Lemmon ski lift becomes a skyride during the summer months. The ride to the summit takes about 15 minutes. You can get off to enjoy the view or take a hike before taking it back down to the base of the ski area. The lift departs at about an elevation of 8200 feet and climbs to 9100 feet.
It can be much cooler on Mount Lemmon than it is down in Tucson and during monsoon season it may be raining when it is perfectly sunny in Tucson. We went on a day that was over 100 degrees in town but we were chilly and needed long sleeves.
The view from the summit is fantastic. It is definitely worth getting off the lift at the top.
We didn’t stay long since it was drizzling on us. We did see some colorful wildflowers and quite a few different birds.
Ski Valley hours for the skyride are as follows:
Monday – Thursday – Friday 10:30 – 4:30
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 – 4:30
Tuesday and Wednesday Closed
There is plenty of parking, a snack shop, a gift shop and a restaurant across from the parking lot.
Only two people are allowed on the lift at one time unless a mom has a baby in arms. This is important to consider if you have more than one child. Each lift has a bar that comes down in front but otherwise you are on your own to stay safe. There is no age minimum to ride.
I was worried that J would get scared, but she had a blast. Riding the lift is definitely a fun way to escape the summer heat!