Looking for an adventure? Sierra Vista and the surrounding area offer a plethora of activities, from strolling along a riverbank to rock climbing some of the best faces in Arizona. Experience the past, sample some wine, revel in history, or reconnect with nature. It’s all here. Check out a few highlights below, read the list of Top 10 Attractions, and download the Sierra Vista Adventure Guide. Not sure where to start? Call us at (800) 288-3861 and we’ll help you decide.
Wine & Dine
Growing wine grapes in Southeastern Arizona has been documented for centuries, but viticulture has been gaining momentum–and national recognition–for the past couple of decades. Luckily, Sierra Vista is situated between two of the premiere wine grape-growing regions, Patagonia and Sonoita to the west and Willcox and Kansas Settlement to the east. The rich soil, cool nights and warm day create the perfect conditions for wine grapes, resulting in complex and unique vintages from the two dozen nearby wineries.
Extend your culinary adventure by dipping into Sierra Vista’s eclectic restaurant offerings and sample a variety of food from around the globe, including hearty German, authentic Mexican, ocean-fresh Asian, zesty Italian, and of course delicious American food. Sierra Vista also hosts a number of chain restaurants to round out anything that you may be craving.
Hike & Bike
Sierra Vista’s great weather means you can enjoy outdoor activities nearly every day of the year. Nestled at the foot of the Huachuca Mountains, Sierra Vista is the jumping on point for miles of mountain trails for hikers and mountain bikers. At a valley elevation of 4,600 feet, the adjacent mountains offer a challenge: the highest peak is nearly 9,500 feet. Summer waterfalls, lush green ferns, golden brown grasses, and shady forests are await.
If you’re not up for an elevation gain, you can walk along the banks of the San Pedro River, discover ranching history at Brown Canyon Ranch, or go way back in history to the Murray Springs Clovis site, where prehistoric history was rewritten.
Sierra Vista earned recognition from the League of American Bicyclists as a bike friendly city in 2017. Located along US Bicycle Route 90 and with 30 miles of designated, paved bike paths (and access to hundreds of miles of low-traffic roads), Sierra Vista is perfect for two-wheeled travel.
Bird & Wildlife Watching
Southeastern Arizona is an eco-crossroad with five life zones within five miles. Habitats and species from the Sierra Madres of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sonora and Chihuahuan deserts can all be found in these “Sky Islands.” The bird watching and wildlife viewing areas are world-renowned. Well deserving of its unofficial nickname as “The Hummingbird Capital of the U.S.,” Sierra Vista is a draw for bird species, especially hummingbirds. Half the known species of birds pass through or make the lush canyons of Sierra Vista home, and more than a dozen hummingbird species can be spotted here. Time your trip to coincide with a hummingbird banding session at San Pedro House for an up-close look at these acrobatic flyers.
Wildlife abounds, and you can spot the pint-sized Coues deer, curious and nocturnal coatimundi, javelina, coyote, fox, black bears, reptiles, and many other species. (Please remember that wild animals can behave unpredictably; view with care.)
Sierra Vista grew as an extension of Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army fort established in 1877. Still an active installation, visitors are welcome to explore the historic district of Fort Huachuca, a National Historic Landmark that pays tribute to the Buffalo Soldiers. The Fort houses two museums that are open to the public. The Fort Huachuca Museum, which chronicles the history of the Fort from the frontier days, through two World Wars, and into current missions. The second museum. the Military Intelligence and Soldier Learning Center, is geared to educate visitors about military intelligence, one of the Fort’s long-standing missions.
Sierra Vista is centrally located in Cochise County, serving as the commercial hub. Within a 30 minute drive, you can explore historic Tombstone and its wild west history; and funky Bisbee, a former copper mining town. Just over an hour away lie Willcox, an agricultural centerpiece and home to Arizona’s burgeoning wine industry; and Douglas, a border community with strong ties on both the U.S. and Mexican sides and a long history of ranching and bicultural relations. Learn more about nearby communities.