Welcome to Sierra Vista, Arizona, where soaring mountains and cool canyon trails entice you to lace up your hiking boots and explore.
Nestled into the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains at 4,633 feet, Sierra Vista offers a 360-degree mountain view and a comfortable climate all year ‘round. And with 280-plus days of sunshine, endless blue skies, and incredible starry nights, Sierra Vista is an anytime destination.
The interplay of geography and elevation make for unbelievable photos at sunset, with blasts of orange, pink, and purple. The light can change in an instant, so have your camera ready. Stay out after dark for a star show, where the Milky Way cuts across the sky in a trail diamonds.
By day, take to the Huachuca Mountains with boot or bike. The range rises quickly from the valley floor to just over 9,400 feet. The Huachuca’s steep rise and narrow valleys create diverse and unique ecosystems geographically isolated by elevation and distance from neighboring peaks. Called “sky islands,” these peaks rank as the second most biologically diverse ecosystem on Earth!
Sierra Vista’s Sky Islands Summit Challenge is May 26, and a great way to get acquainted with the Huachucas while putting your determination to the test. Take on one, two, or three peaks—all in one day—and enjoy knock-out views along the way. Stash a camera in your bag, along with an ample supply of H2O and snacks.
Reward the Challenge at the same-day Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival. Arizona is earning a reputation for excellent wine, and most of the state’s vineyards are within an hour of Sierra Vista .The Festival features 15 local wineries alongside Arizona’s microbrews and distilleries, plus great music to keep things lively.
This corner of Arizona has been home to the U.S. Army’s Fort Huachuca since 1887. Get on Post to nerd out at the Military Intelligence and Soldier Heritage Learning Center, a top-notch museum with surveillance and espionage displays from the Revolutionary War through today. The Fort Huachuca Museum tells the story of the U.S. Army in the Southwest along with a tribute to the Buffalo Soldiers, fearsome fighters who earned the moniker from Native Americans for their bravery and resolve, akin to the mighty buffalo. Once on Post, you can access excellent hiking, rock-hopping, and birding in Garden Canyon.*
Get the details and start planning your trip at www.VisitSierraVista.com.
*Still an active installation, visitors are required to stop at the Fort’s Visitor Center for a background check and photo ID pass. International visitors will require an escort, which is coordinated by the City of Sierra Vista; email PIO@SierraVistaAZ.gov at least 3 weeks before your visit. The Fort may be closed without notice.