The central Arizona city of Florence
sits beside the Gila River
at the edge of a large agricultural area that extends westwards towards Casa Grande, in contrast to the lands to the east, which are totally undeveloped, rising gently towards the rugged summits of the Tortilla Mountains
. Access routes are Hwy 79 from the north (linking with US 60 from Apache Junction), Hwy 287 from the west and Hwy 79 from the south (the Pinal Pioneer Highway
), which crosses flat terrain especially rich in desert plants, on the way to Tucson.
Attractions in Florence include Pinal County Historical Society and Museum
, featuring exhibits and references about the local and family history of this region, while two nearby sites of interest are Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
10 miles west and Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
27 miles northeast.