Tucson: Geography and Climate

Tucson is located in southeastern Arizona, 60 miles north of the Mexican border. Established in the valley of the Sonoran Desert, the city is surrounded by the Sierrita and Santa Rita mountain ranges to the south and the Rincon Mountains rising to 7,000 feet above sea level to the east. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year Tucson's climate lends itself to a variety of outdoor activities and enjoyment.

Area: 194.7 square miles (2000)

Elevation: 2,390 feet above sea level

Average Temperatures: January, 39° F; July, 78° F; annual average, 68° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 11 inches