Sierra Vista is the major population center for southeastern

Arizona. Located approximately 70 miles southeast of

Tucson, Sierra Vista serves as the main commercial, cultural and

recreational hub of the area. Easily accessible off of Interstate 10

at an elevation of 4,623 feet, Sierra Vista's abundant sunshine,

high altitude and clean fresh air add to the city's livability and

comfort. Its picturesque setting among the Huachuca, Dragoon,

Mule and Whetstone Mountains and proximity to numerous historical

sites and national parks emphasize its Spanish name

meaning Mountain View. Situated within the city is famous Fort

Huachuca, headquarters of the U.S. Army Information Systems

Command, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, the

U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground, the Department of

Defense Joint Test Element of the Joint Tactical Command, the

11th Signal Brigade and numerous smaller activities. The post

historical museum is a major tourist attraction. Sierra Vista incorporated

in 1956.

 

Rapidly diversifying, Sierra Vista's economy is closely related to

Fort Huachuca, with more than 11,700 military and civilian

employees and 11,200 military family members resulting in an

annual impact of over $350 million in wages, contracts and procurements.

Through the years, this relationship has changed

from one of dependence by the community to that of interdependence

with the Post. Recently, a more aggressive approach

by the Sierra Vista public and private sectors is creating a more

positive attitude and a more dynamic approach toward the

attraction of new industry.

 

Within a one-hour drive of Sierra Vista, visitors can enjoy an

archive of Indian and pioneer history and unique bird-watching

opportunities. The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation

Area, just east of Sierra Vista, is a unique mixture of historic and

outdoor recreational sites. Combined with the Nature

Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve, this is one of the country's

premier bird-watching areas.

 

Fort Huachuca, established in 1877 as a cavalry post to safe-guard

settlers, now has an excellent museum open to the public,

as does Tombstone, the “Town Too Tough To Die.” Another

outstanding museum of Indian culture and artifacts in the area is

Amerind Foundation Museum.

 

Bisbee, the picturesque 1880s mountainside-mining town,

home of the Lavender Pit and the infamous Brewery Gulch,

which once roared with saloons, sporting houses and gunplay, is

another interesting place to visit. Agua Prieta, Nogales and Naco,

Mexican cities across the international border, offer excellent

curio shops, first-class restaurants and nightclubs.