The ”Iron Door Restaurant” is named for the lost Mine with the Iron Door. Legend has it that Jesuit Padres operated a gold mine in the Catalinas in the 1700’s using Papago Indians as laborers. After many years of operation, the legend states that an Apache raid killed everyone and obliterated the mining camp. The gold was said to have been left in the store room of the mine as Apaches had no use for this mineral. Until recently there has been little evidence of the mine found other than an occasional piece of Indian pottery. In recent years there have been reports that bits and pieces of wood and iron have been found in the area.
The “Iron Door” at Ski Valley is becoming as famous as the lost mine. Serving excellent food and drink has become a tradition that visitors from the desert below have come to expect as they come back year after year to have lunch, desserts or just relax and have something to drink while taking in the view from our patio or watching the nearby humming birds as they dart through imaginary mazes while gentle breezes rustle the shimmering Aspen leaves.
The “Iron Door Restaurant” serves a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, homemade soups and featuring our famous chili and cornbread. Whether you decide on a hearty lunch or just a salad or slice of pie, you will be treated to the most pleasant surroundings in which to enjoy your purchase, indoors in front of our floor to ceiling stone fireplace or outdoors on the patio with the flowers, trees and humming birds.
Treat yourself to a relaxing lunch, a taste tempting slice of pie or just enjoy the mountain ambiance with some friends.