I knew Mt. Lemmon towered nearly 7,000 ft above Tucson and promised a different environment than the spiky cacti of the city, but I sure didn’t expect to find vibrant patches of fall color just 75 miles north of Mexico. With every 1,000 ft gained from the base, temperatures cool off and precipitation increases to a degree found 300 miles north. This means a drive to the top over 30 twisty miles is the climatic equal of driving from Mexico to Canada, a distance of 1,650 miles. While iconic saguaro cacti grow at the base of the peak, the trees found at the top would be at home in the conifer forests of Canada. Swipe through these photos to see a combination of color from both the mid-altitude oak woodlands and aspens located near the top of the mountain.