About Sierra Vista Arizona
Sierra Vista, Arizona is a proud Army military town of about 45,000 people. Sierra Vista is the commercial center for Cochise County and parts of northern Mexico. We are a small city with big city conveniences. You will find affordable homes with outstanding mountain views here .
On this page you will find information about Sierra Vista and Cochise County. It is comprehensive, informative, factual, and decidedly practical. I invite you to take a look around and stay awhile.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Discover the magic of the high desert that is Sierra Vista, Arizona. Sierra Vista is situated in the heart of the picturesque Sonoran desert of Arizona. This is America's frontier. This is the area where the famous Indians Cochise and Geronimo once roamed. Sierra Vista means 'not sand', but grass, mesquite trees, rocks, mountain lions, javalina, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and the tarantulas that inhabit the area, although you could spend years here and never see them. We are located in the southeast corner or Arizona, about 70 miles south east of Tucson. Mexico is about 20 miles due south. To cross the border you will go about 60 miles to Nogales or Agua Prieta. Naco is another small crossing about 30 miles away.
The City of Sierra Vista is the youngest of the major communities of Cochise County, but its history is rooted in the early settlement of Arizona by its connection with Fort Huachuca. Sierra Vista has grown from a satellite community dependent on the fort to one which has a vigorous life of its own. Constantly expanding modern shopping and recreational opportunities attract birders and nature lovers from all over the country and by far the best place in the country to live, raise a family and retire.
Several mountain ranges surround the City of Sierra Vista and at an elevation of 4,623 feet, the city boasts a view of the Mule, Dragoon, Whetstone and Huachuca Mountains. As the population nears 42,000, (over 55,000 when you include the un-incorporated area) Sierra Vista is one of the fastest growing communities in Arizona and is the business and cultural center of Cochise County. The city annexed Fort Huachuca into its boundaries in 1971. The two communities hold a strong working relationship and share many facilities and joint activities.
But its our weather that brings in the newcomers. The Sierra Vista area summers are much cooler than the Phoenix area which is famous for baking at a crisp 105 to 110 degrees from June through September. We are a desert so rain is rare; most comes during the Monsoon season mid July to September. We average less than seven inches a year and most days are sunny and cloud-free. Sierra Vista is known for its temperate climate and claims the best in the country. Temperatures range from average of 90's with very low humidity in summer to 50's in winter, with temps going down 30 to 40 degrees at night. We do get a few days over 100 and we may also get a couple of days with snow.
The main gate of Fort Huachuca is at the west end of Fry Boulevard, the main street. Most of the commercial buildings are located on Fry Boulevard and south on Highway 92. The city has built, in the last few years, a new City Hall, Police Station, Library, High School, several more lighted softball and baseball fields, and our award winning Aquatic Center provides hours of fun for the family in the wave pool and tube slide. Our local 18-hole golf course lies in the shadows of the majestic mountains. Our night skies are an astral delight with bright stars seen from horizon to horizon, and for a closer look, our observatories will accommodate you. We have the 'Mall of Sierra Vista', featuring anchors of Dillards, Sears and Best Buy. Most of the well known chain fast-food restaurants are here (interesting note that McDonalds had their first drive-thru in the country here) along with Chilis, Applebees, Outback Steak House and over 60 other restaurants. We have the traditional box stores such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Home Depot, and Lowes as well as many smaller stores like Staples, Checker Auto Parts and Walgreens Drug. Ft Huachuca/Sierra Vista Airport is an alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle. Sierra Vista is a haven for 'Snowbirds', mostly from the north of the country and Canada. Many choose to retire and live here. It is also known as a retirement community with many military retirees living here. Our area is well known as a birders paradise to include Ramsey Canyon with 14 of 15 species of Hummingbirds.
Sierra Vista is a fun place with lots going on around the year, like the Winter Arts Festival and Art Discovery Series which present plays, concerts, musicals, dances, recitals and readings. Western Heritage week offers the Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Arizona Folklore Preserve Workshops, stage performances, artist jam sessions and free poetry and music. And don't miss the Arizona Junior Rodeo, the Mule Mountain Marathon and the Huachuca Stampede Rodeo, the 4th of July Celebration, the Miss Sierra Vista Pageant, the Art in the Park Arts and Crafts Sale, the Festival of Color Balloon Rally, Festival of the Southwest, the Family Festival and the largest Christmas Parade in Arizona. As for bird watchers, golfers, hikers, and nature lovers of all kinds, Sierra Vista is surrounded by natural wonders (including Ramsey Canyon).
Sierra Vista (Spanish for "Mountain View") has always enjoyed clean air, ideal weather and spectacular views of the Mule, Dragoon, Whetstone and Huachuca Mountains. With a population of over 42,000 people, Sierra Vista is one of the fastest growing communities in Arizona and is the business center of Cochise County. But it wasn't always so. About 1915, a small collection of rock-walled, tin-roofed buildings with a general store, saloon and gas station comprised the community known as Buena. Sometime later the name was changed to Overton and still later to Garden Canyon. In 1927, a post office was established under the name of Fry, in honor of a local pioneer family whose decedents still live in this area. It wasn't until 1956 that Sierra Vista was incorporated. There is little doubt that Sierra Vista would not even exist were it not for the Army post of Fort Huachuca (pronounced (waa-CHOO-ca).
Today, Sierra Vista is experiencing rapid growth and offers a dash of the Old West blended with a modern city against the backdrop of beautiful scenery.