is centered on the US 191-US 70 intersection at the edge of the vast San Simon Valley
in southeast Arizona, beside the Pinaleno Mountains
which rise to 10,713 feet (Mount Graham) a few miles south. The foothills of the much more extensive White Mountains
are within sight to the north, crossed by US 191; the city lies along a scenic section of this highway known as the Coronado Trail
. Despite the generally high ground in most directions, Safford has a low elevation and enjoys a hot desert climate, with summer temperatures often exceeding 100°F (38°C).
The city center occupies a dozen or so blocks between 8th and 3rd avenues, 8th and 4th streets, lined by many old buildings, restaurants and shops, though a fair number are unoccupied. Several larger stores are found along US 70 to the west, about half way to the adjacent community of Thatcher
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