In Sierra Vista, Arizona, September means summer. Days hover around 75 degrees and endless blue skies melt into starry nights. The grasslands are belly-high green waves and a second annual profusion of wildflowers adds pops of color.
Tucked against the Huachuca Mountains at 4,633 feet, Sierra Vista enjoys cool autumn nights. Aspen groves, sycamore, and oak at higher elevations are decking out in autumn gold. Mild temperatures are the norm for Sierra Vista’s winter, with December and January days averaging about 50 degrees.
Miles of quiet roads, designated bike lanes, and nearby single-track mountain trails—along with the temperate climate—make Sierra Vista a terrific destination for winter training and getaways from cold northern winters.
The Huachuca Mountains reach a soaring 9,465 feet with some pretty steep trails for the hearty hiker, although plenty of gentler trails still rate high with mountain bicyclists and hikers alike. And one of the easiest routes (and perhaps most peaceful trail) is the path along the San Pedro River. This 54-mile trail is relatively flat (just 100 feet of elevation change) and offers multiple trailheads along the river.
Sierra Vista, Arizona’s newest League of American Bicyclists certified Bicycle Friendly Community, welcomes bicyclists. Many businesses have pledged to provide support to visiting bicyclists, offering water bottle refills, restroom facilities, and other complimentary services. Located along U.S. Bicycle Route 90, Sierra Vista boasts two bike shops, affordable accommodations, and plenty of restaurant options for two-wheeled travelers.
When it comes to dining, Sierra Vista serves an unexpected array of ethnic cuisine. The community has attracted immigrants from around the globe for decades, creating unexpected diversity and the international culinary choices one would expect in more metropolitan areas. Visitors can fuel up on flavorful Vietnamese, spicy Korean, rich German, authentic Italian, savory Mexican, plus Thai, Chinese, Pilipino and, of course, American favorites.
Adventure travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience—and a respite from Old Man Winter—should check out this Southeast Arizona community. Find out more at Visit.SierraVistaAZ.gov.