Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista (Spanish: Mountain View) is a city in Southeast Arizona and the commercial hub of the region, making it a convenient base from which to explore the area. It is perhaps best known for historic Fort Huachuca, established in 1877 during the Apache Wars. Although still an active U.S. Army military base, its two military museums and historic cemetery are open to the general public.

The landscape around the city is typical for the Southwestern United States, and the nearby mountains and canyons can be explored on foot, by bike, or on horseback. Because it is a major stopover point on avian migration routes, the area is popular with avid birdwatchers and naturalists, and is known as the "Hummingbird Capital of America".


Get in

Sierra Vista is 75 miles (121 km) from Tucson, the nearest major transport hub.

By plane

The Sierra Vista Municipal Airport (401 Giulio Cesare Ave, tel. +1 520-458-5775) does not currently serve commercial flights, although in the past service was available to Tucson and to Phoenix.

By shuttle bus

The following shuttle bus companies offer transportation to and from Tucson International Airport.

By car

Take I-10 heading south of Tucson or west from Silver City, NM, then head south on Hwy 90.

Get around

By rental car

By bus

By bicycle

The city is very bicycle-friendly with a well-developed network of bike paths and bike lanes. A map of bike and multi-use paths can be downloaded here.


Main Gate of Fort Huachuca
Apache pictographs in Garden Canyon

For travelers interested in military and local history, Sierra Vista offers some museums and sites. In addition to this, the views to and from the nearby mountain ranges are fantastic and many of the city's best attractions are actually located outside the city itself.


Seasonal 300-ft Carr Falls in the Huachuca Mountains
Hummingbird at Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Outdoor activities

Festivals and events

Cochise College Rodeo



The Brown Canyon Ranch against the backdrop of the Huachuca Mountains

The local restaurant scene includes American diners, Mexican restaurants, pizza places and some places with Asian food but also a surprising number of German restaurants and cafés.



The Mesquite Tree Restaurant

Grocery stores



Path in the Ramsey Canyon Preserve










Go next

Head east on Charleston Rd toward Tombstone, and along the way explore the old ghost towns of Charleston and Millville. Or head east on Hwy 90 towards Bisbee, or south on Hwy 92 and visit Coronado National Memorial. Drive north on Hwy 90 and visit Kartchner Caverns State Park, and then continue on towards Tucson.

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