As you can see by the sign above, we would begin at roughly 3000 feet and ascend to the peak at 9100 feet above sea level. Every so many thousand feet up, the flora and fauna surrounding us would change.
This photo was taken at roughly 4000 feet in the desert grasslands.
At this point, we were about half way up the mountain. The road contains many opportunities to pull off and take photos of the beautiful vistas. If you look carefully in the center of the photo, you can see the road that we had already traveled on. The city of Tucson is just past the hill in front of us.
Mt. Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and E. O. Stratton, a local rancher, by horse and foot in 1881.
We can only imagine how exciting that trip was. You can truly see for miles from most parts of the mountain.