South Central Arizona

South Central Arizona is a region in Arizona, a state of the United States of America.


Other destinations


English is the primary language although Spanish is widely understood and spoken, with many residents being bilingual.

Get in

By plane

Tucson International Airport (IATA: TUS), , 7250 S Tucson Blvd,  +1 520-573-8100. Served by a number of airlines, this is the closest airport with commercial service.

By car

I-10 connects Tucson with Phoenix and New Mexico, while I-19 connects Tucson with Nogales in the south. Smaller highways AZ 83 and AZ 82 provide access from further east along I-10 and from southeast Arizona, respectively.

Get around

As there is no public transportation, a car is essential. A four-wheel drive is recommended if you want to get off the beaten track.


Mission San José de Tumacácori
Ruby ghost town



Festivals and events

Folklorico performance at La Fiesta de Tumacácori
View of Mt. Wrightson from Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains
Baboquivari Peak
Petroglyph at Ironwood National Monument
Horseback riding near Sonoita

Parks and outdoor activities




Accommodation options listed below are outside of major population centers. For locations with more urban amenities, see town and city listings above.


Kentucky Camp


Stay safe

Black tail rattlesnake in Madera Canyon

As elsewhere in the region, precautions should be taken to guard against heatstroke and dehydration which can come about very rapidly – always take more water than you think you will need.

Rattlesnakes are active from spring through fall, and tend to hide in brush or in crevices during the heat of the day. The best way to avoid bites is to never place your hands or feet where you haven't looked first. Wear boots or sturdy shoes for outdoor activity. If you are bitten, seek medical attention immediately.

In recent years south central Arizona has become a corridor for drug trafficking, particularly in remote areas away from population centers. Hiking and camping in certain areas near the border may be inadvisable; inquire locally as to current conditions, or contact the nearest Border Patrol office for guidelines.

Go next

Head north to Phoenix, or cross into Sonora, Mexico through Nogales. Neighboring southeast Arizona is also easily accessible.

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