The Unique Hike In Arizona That Leads You To Plane Wreckage From 1957

You’ll find a variety of unusual and interesting things awaiting discovery in the many mountains of Arizona – and Mount Lemmon, elevation 9,159 (and also the highest point in the Santa Clara Mountains) is no exception. At the peak of this colossal mountain is the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory, a science learning center with the largest public-use telescope in the Southwest. But this mountain, in particular, holds some other treasures that aren’t as widely known – or accessible.

You never know what you’ll find hiding in the mountains of Arizona, but a wrecked plane is one of the more rare finds along Arizona’s hiking trails. Do you know of other plane wreckages found in the mountains of the Grand Canyon State? We’d love to know about them!

The Butterfly Trail Head is located on North Butterfly Road, just off the Catalina Highway (a.k.a. Mount Lemmon Road) 40 miles to the northeast of Tucson. A Google maps link showing the location can be found here. Learn more about the trail at this link on

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