Arizona Planting Zone Map

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a map showing the growing zones in Arizona. These are based on the National Climate Assessment report, which was released in 2011. According to this report, there are five different types of plant life found in Arizona: desert, semiarid, temperate deciduous forest and mixed forests; and mountain ranges such as mountains and plateaus. A fifth type of plant life called “inland” plants have been identified but their distribution is not well known.

These zones are used to determine where certain crops may or may not grow. For example, the desert grows only wheat and cotton in these zones while the semiarid zone does not allow any other crop to grow at all. The temperate deciduous forest zone allows many fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and watermelons in it. The temperate mixed forests zone allows some fruit and vegetable such as strawberries, blueberries, grapes and melons in it.

Finally, the mountain range zones allow only those crops that grow high up in the mountains like cantaloupes, avocados and pineapples.

In addition to these zones there are two other types of plant life: grasslands and deserts. Grasslands do not have specific boundaries so they can be considered both wetland and savanna species. Some of the plants found in this zone include tumbleweeds, sagebrush and creosote bushes. The desert zones are also not clearly demarcated so they can be considered both dry steppe and woodland-steppe species.

Some of the plants that grow here are saguaros, prickly pear cacti and ocotillos.

The USDA has divided the state of Arizona into 7 different zones. Zones 1, 2 and 3 are the high desert zones while 4, 5, 6 and 7 are the low desert zones. All zones have been split based on elevation and rainfall patterns.

Also see: Arizona Climate Zones Map

Usda Planting Zones Arizona

Arizona is divided into 4 major climate zones by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These zones are based on the average annual minimum temperatures in each area. The USDA has also divided these into smaller subsections called “planting zones” to help people determine whether or not it is suitable for a particular type of crop to be grown in that area.

Desert Zones

There are 3 different desert zones found in Arizona. All of these zones experience hot and dry climates most of the year. None of these zones get more than 10 inches of rainfall annually.

High Desert Zones

The high desert zones are located in Arizona’s “upper” portion above 4000 feet in elevation. These areas only receive snow a few times every winter season and the temperatures here can reach up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit a few days during the summer months. The average temperature during the summer is 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Most rainfall occurs during the winter in the form of rain and rarely any snow.

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The major crops that are grown in this zone include:






Low Desert Zones

The low desert zones are found in Arizona’s “lower” regions. Rainfall and snowfall is more common in these areas as they are closer to the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California. Most of the rain that falls on these areas evaporates since the ground is usually rocky and barren. The temperature here is fairly constant all year round with average summer highs of 95 degrees Fahrenheit and average winter highs of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

The major crops that are grown in this zone include:





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Prickly Pear Cactus

Temperate Zones

Temperate zones are located in the northern and southern parts of Arizona. The temperatures here are similar to those found in California during the summer and winter seasons. The rainfall is fairly low in these regions. The temperatures here will never fall below freezing during the winter.

Snowfall is common in these areas during the winter months.

The crops that are commonly grown in this zone include:



ALWAYS wear a hat and sunscreen when working outside!

There are many different types of substances that can be used to block out the sun. It is important to choose a type that works for you and is easy to apply. Some people choose to use hats or other forms of head coverings while some choose to apply sunscreen lotion on their skin. Whatever method you decide to use, it is important to remember to apply it regularly.

This is especially true for products that you put on right before going to bed.

You should also be aware of the fact that some types of skin are more vulnerable to the sun than others. People with lighter skin tones will burn easier and quicker than others. It is important that you take this into account when choosing your protection substance. As a rule, people with darker skin tones will not experience as many problems with the sun.

This is due to the fact that they tend to have a natural protection against it. It is also important to note that some people may not experience any problems with the sun at all. These people have a natural resistance to it and can often go longer without protection than others.

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The three most common substances used for blocking out the sun are sunscreen lotions, hats and sunglasses. It is up to you to decide which one you think will work best for you and your group. Everyone should try to apply at least one of these substances before heading outside for long periods of time. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you’re pale as a ghost or dark as ebony, we ALL need protection from the sun.

Now that you have chosen your method of sun protection, you’ll also need to pick an item to use as a weapon. Many people prefer things like pitchforks, iron bars or even sharp tools like knives or broken glass. While these are all great choices, they can be a little on the heavy side and may not be convenient for carrying around. As such, you’ll want to choose an item that is not only effective but is also light enough for you to carry around easily.

The best choice for this would be a gun or a rifle.

Almost every home you enter in the suburbs will have one of these. As a rule, people in the suburbs are big fans of guns. It isn’t uncommon for them to own several of them, often with scanners or other attachments. The type of gun doesn’t really matter but try to avoid the more powerful weapons like shotguns.

These are too heavy to carry around easily and as such are a poor choice for a weapon.

So there you have it, the two items you’ll be taking with you. A hat and a gun. Remember, you won’t need any other protection if you have these two items with you. Now that you have your gear, it’s time to pick which zone you want to explore.

Remember, once you pick a zone there’s no going back so take some time to think it over carefully.

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Zone One: The Village

The village is the closest zone to your current location and as such is the easiest one to get to. In fact, you’re going to be there in a few minutes if you keep walking in the direction that you’re headed. The village was built around a small town square with several roads branching off from it. Many of these roads lead to residential areas where the business owners lived.

These homes are spread out and give you a good number of options for shelter although many of them may be cleared out already.

Zone Two: The Suburbs

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The suburbs are located on the outskirts of the city and as such are a little harder to get to. You’ll have to walk a few miles before reaching them but it’ll be well worth it. The suburbs are comprised of many winding roads with rows of houses on either side. These houses are bigger than the ones in the city center and have more things that you could use.

There’s also a good chance that you’ll find a vehicle that still has gas in it somewhere in this area.

(This is where I would pick if I were you.)

Zone Three: The Highway

The highway runs directly through the city and is usually packed with cars. Although some of these have been cleared out, there are certainly plenty left for you to use. The cars that still have tires may not be in the best condition but they’re easily fixable. The main thing that you’ll want to do is get the wheels back on and pump the brakes a bit.

After that you should be able to drive it without too much trouble.

(Another good choice, this is like the Shopping Channel. You’ve got three great choices here.)

Zone Four: The Industrial Area

The industrial area is located on the outskirts of the city and is more like a giant war zone. When the infection first broke out, the military tried to quarantine the entire area but they soon had to pull out to protect the rest of the city. Since then it’s been uninhibited territory for them and many other survivors see it as a mecca due its proximity to food, weapons and equipment. You’ll have to brave hordes of infected and possibly even rivals if you want to make it out of there alive.

Well that’s it for me. Time to choose which zone you’re going to head to but please, for your own sake, think this over carefully.

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Zone One: The Village

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Pros: Closest zone, easiest to get to.

Cons: Very crowded, easily overrun.

Zone Two: The Suburbs

Pros: Many houses means many supplies.

Cons: Quite a walk from the city center.

Zone Three: The Highway

Pros: Has cars! Easy to travel long distances in a short time.

Cons: No shelter, wide open, most cars don’t work.

Zone Four: The Industrial Area

Pros: Hasn’t been scavenged nearly as much, loads of materials.

Cons: Uninhabited, so you’ll have to clear it out yourself.

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“The Village it is!”

SightSeeing says: You have chosen Zone One as your starting zone!

Your journey begins…

This is it, no point in waiting around. You sling your pack over your shoulder and set off into the city center with a mixture of fear and excitement. You have no idea what to expect out there but you’re sure that whatever it is, you’ll be ready for it.

The journey through the suburbs is surprisingly uneventful. You don’t even encounter a single infected and while that should make things easier, it just makes you more paranoid. You can’t help but get the feeling that something is watching you, following you…is it just random mutants or is there an organized force preparing an ambush?

You soon find out.

“Watch out!” you suddenly hear. You turn around and are faced with a horde of mutants. Not just any horde, you’ve stumbled across what you later find out to be a type of mutant called a Thrasher, a big one.

It’s long legs and extended arms allow it to jump huge distances and it’s what allowed it to sneak up on you. Now they’re using those same limbs to provide you with a ferocious attack.

You manage to pull out your bat just in time to block the Thrasher’s punches but it doesn’t matter how strong you are, its four limbs will always be more powerful than your two. It wastes no time in pulling you forward and biting your throat out.

You have died from a Thrasher attack

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