GIS and Geospatial Data

This guide provides information on GIS software, training/classes available at the University of Arizona, where to find geospatial data, and interactive and static  maps.   

For assistance, contact Chris Kollen at


GIS Software and Services -- Download Spatial Data -- View Online Maps

Arizona -- Mexico -- Other States/United States -- International


Arizona Department of Transportation -- includes static maps as well as interactive maps showing Arizona highways, Indian reservations, bicycle suitability, railroads, rest areas, congressional districts, and information on air quality, traffic, and much more.

Arizona Digital Sanborn Maps  (UA only)  -- detailed maps of Arizona cities and towns showing building outlines, construction materials, heights, function street names, street widths, building use and house of block numbers. Dates available for each city or town varies. Coverage: 1886-1949.

Arizona Geospatial Data and Maps -- provides metadata, geospatial data to preview and download and simple prepared maps you can view, save, or print. 

Arizona State Cartographers Office -- provides access to Arizona Map Viewer, Arizona Imagery Server, Arizona GeoServer Viewer, and Arizona Ramona GIS Inventory. 

Arizona Redistricting Maps -- the current Arizona Redistricting Commission has approved the final congressional and legislative maps and has submitted them to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Arizona State Legislative District Map -- Pre-2011 District Locator.  Redistricting maps for 2001-2009

Bureau of Land Management (Arizona) -- includes historical survey plats

Defining the Southwest: Historical Maps

Mapping the Grand Canyon National Park

Maps of the PimerĂ­a: Early Cartography of the Southwest -- online exhibit of maps from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century.

Maricopa County Flood Control -- provides access to Maricopa County's digital flood plains and aerial orthophotos.

Maricopa County GIS Portal -- interactive mapping sites for Planning and Development, Flood Control, Assessor, Elections/Recorder, and Survey.

Maricopa County Planning and Development -- provides easy access to the information and maps associated with the zoning, annexations, floodplain and other delineations within Maricopa County.

Oro Valley Map Center -- provides interactive and static (.pdf) maps pertaining to issues relevant to Oro Valley. The layers include streets, environment, zoning, and riparian areas.

Phoenix: Bird's Eye View of Phoenix, c. 1885

Pima County Department of Transportation GIS -- provides access to Pima County GIS data and maps (via Autodesk MapGuide), such as parcel, street, wildland fire maps.

Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER) -- includes maps, photographs, charts, reports, and metadata pertaining to SRER studies on vegetation, precipitation, grazing, soil, water, and more.

Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan Maps -- includes maps you can view or print and a link to the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan interactive map.

Tucson Department of Transportation  -- includes community information relating to residential and commercial real estate, neighborhood associations, voter precincts, highways, traffic, washes, and much more.

Yavapai County GIS Interactive Mapping



EVGeoCloud Mexico 1:50,000 Scale Vector Data Viewer -- provides access to geospatial data for the Mexican states of Baja California Norte, Sonora, and Chihuahua. You can view and extract 85 map layers (as shapefiles, or AutoCad files) for Baja California Norte, Sonora, and Chihuahua.

INEGI (Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografia) -- provides access to interactive maps.   


Other States/United States

American FactFinder  -- Bureau of the Census site for 1990- 2010 census data, and the American Community Survey from 2000-on.

American Memory Project Maps -- wide variety maps from the Library of Congress

Business Analyst Online and BA Desktop -- UA has a site license to BAO and BA Desktop.  Contact Chris Kollen at or Chris Lukinbeal at for log-in information.

Community Analyst -- UA has access to Community Analyst.  Contact Chris Kollen at or Chris Lukinbeal at for log-in information.

EPA Enviromapper -- create maps by state, county, city, zipcode, or EPA region.

EPA MyEnvironment -- Environmental maps and information for a particular area.  You can search by address, zip, city, county, waterbody, or park name. 

GEOFred -- Data mapping tool which displays color-coded data on the state, MSA, and county levels. 

Inforain --  website for Ecotrust, a non-profit organization devoted to the conservation economy in the coastal temperate rain forests of North America.  You can create maps, view reports and information systems, and download data.

Inside Idaho -- provides geospatial data and spatial information about Idaho.

Make a Map with the National Atlas of Canada

National Atlas of the United States --provides maps of data collected by the U.S. Government, focusing on natural and sociocultural landscapes.

National Geographic's Map Machine

Wildfire Information - GeoMAC (Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group)

Social Explorer (public access and UA only subscription) -- provides easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information for the United States through maps and customized reports. Also includes data from the U.S. Census' American Community Survey and 1980-2000 Religious Congregations and Membership Study.

A Tapestry of Time and Terrain - U.S. Lower 48 States

United States Coast Survey.  Historical Map & Chart Collection -- scanned maps from the U.S. Coast Survey from 1807 to the present. Search by pointing on a map or by geographic name. 




Atlas of South Australia

Atlas of Living Australia  contains information on all the known species in Australia aggregated from a wide range of data providers: museums, herbaria, community groups, government departments, individuals and universities.

Baltic Sea Region GIS, Maps and Statistical Database -- includes interactive map, metadata, and data in Idrisi, ArcInfo, ArcView, and MapInfo formats.

Harvard GeoSpatial Library

North American Environmental Atlas  -- provides access to seamless, accurate cartographic data, including maps, documentation, and interactive map layers at a scale of 1:10,000,000 for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Last modified: August 28, 2014