About the Area

The geography of Southeastern Arizona is comprised of the Sonoran desert, but includes the coniferous Arizona Mountains forests and Sierra Madre Occidental forests at higher elevations. The region includes several mountain ranges including the Chiricahua Mountains, Huachuca Mountains, Santa Ritas, the Santa Catalinas, the Rincons, the Piñalenos, and others.

The populated areas include Tucson, Green Valley,Nogales, Safford, Sierra Vista, Douglas, as well as the smaller communities, such as Bisbee, Rodeo, Bensen, Wilcox and Sonoita.  The area also contains several major military populations, such as the U.S. Army post of Fort Huachuca and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

Southern Arizona has several astronomical observatories, such as the Kitt Peak National Observatory and is the home of several large National Monuments, and Saguaro National Park.