What we're up to

  • fall hours
    • September 10th, 2015
    • Pete

    As the Seasons change so do our operating hours on this funky little mountain. Please give them a look under the hours tab in the menu above.

    Closed 8/24/15
    • August 19th, 2015
    • Pete

    We will be closed Monday August 24th for staff training. Thank you for your interest in dining with us and enjoy your visit to Mount Lemmon!

    Weekend Specials for June 26th and 27th
    • June 26th, 2015
    • Pete

    BBQ shrimp with chickpea and avocado salad                 Sautéed shrimp with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce served with a fresh chickpea, avocado and cilantro salad Smoked tri tip kabobs with...

  • Join Us This Weekend!
    • June 18th, 2015
    • Pete

    This weekend, Friday and Saturday June 19th and 20th we would like you to join us for our weekend dinner special! 10oz  Grilled Ribeye, sauted spinach, au gratin potatoes for 19.95 8oz...

    Summer Hours
    • April 27th, 2015
    • Pete

    Starting May 1st we will be switching to our Summer hours which will include breakfast Saturdays and Sundays from 9-1130 AM. Monday-Thursday 1030 – 530 Friday 1030 – 8 Saturday...

    Valentine Dinner
    • January 25th, 2015
    • Pete

      Come join us at the Sawmill Run, Saturday February 14th from 5-8 pm for a special Valentines Dinner . Start; Berry treasure salad Main; 10 oz New York Steak  served...

  • December Schedule
    • December 6th, 2014
    • Pete

    Happy Holidays everyone! We will be closed til December 16th for employee holidays as we do yearly. We will open however if there is snowfall to supply you with plenty of...

About us

The Sawmill Run Restaurant is named in honor of two sawmills that once existed on this very location.

The original sawmill on this site dates back almost a hundred years. Jim Westfall, the first forest ranger on Mount Lemmon, later began to build cabins on the mountain for the Summerhaven Land and Improvement Company. He found an old sawmill once used in mining operations on the north side of the Catalina Mountains, and in the winter of 1915-16 he hauled it up to Summerhaven. With his wife Leeta working along side of him, they milled lumber and built cabins in Soldier’s Camp as well as the Neoli Lodge and La Mariposa Hotel in Summerhaven.

Leeta became the manager of the hotel. A good cook, she provided meals for her guests and wanted to serve alcoholic beverages as well. Since this was during Prohibition, she and Jim installed a secret still above the hotel that turned out moonshine whiskey, beer, and mountain elderberry wine. To protect herself and the still, Leeta kept her 30-30 rifle loaded and might also have a small derringer wrapped in her long hair. She dismantled the still when Prohibition was repealed. Though the first sawmill lasted for several years, it too eventually disappeared.

Tony Zimmerman brought the second sawmill to Summerhaven. A teacher at Safford Junior High in Tucson, he fell in love with Mount Lemmon when he went deer hunting with his school principal in 1937, and often hiked there on weekends.

In Summerhaven he sometimes chatted with R. B. O’Neill on the porch of his two-room general store. O’Neill decided to retire and one day in 1940 offered to sell Zimmerman the Sawmill Tract, named for the original Westfall sawmill. This parcel included the general store and four rental cabins.

In Zimmerman’s opinion the Sawmill Tract, seen first by visitors as they drove down the hill into Summerhaven, was the most valuable business property on the mountain. He promptly bought it. In 1943 he retired from teaching and purchased a used Corely No. 4 Sawmill, also setting it up on the site of this restaurant. He milled lumber to build a new store and eventually the adjoining Mount Lemmon Inn across the road from this restaurant. Both store and inn burned down in 1977. The present day Mount Lemmon Community Center stands on that site.

The Sawmill Run Restaurant and the Community Center remind us of the history of Mount Lemmon in which Tony Zimmerman played an essential role.


Please check back often, as our hours change with the Seasons!

Mon-Thurs 1030 ~4

Fri 1030-8

Sat  9~8

Sun  9~5

Reservations~520 576 9147


Lets get in touch

Address: 12976 Sabino Canyon Pkwy Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619
Phone: + (520) 576 9147
Email: contact@sawmillrun.com

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