Sierra Vista

With picturesque mountain views in all directions and a temperate four-season climate, Sierra Vista beckons visitors with clear skies, fascinating history, and world-class birding.

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Surrounded by towering 10,000-foot mountains and known as the “Humming Bird Capital of the U.S.,” Sierra Vista is primed for outdoor exploration.

From its early days as a community growing under the protective wing of neighboring Fort Huachuca during the Apache Wars, Sierra Vista has blossomed into the recreational and cultural hub of Cochise County.

Grab your binoculars. Sierra Vista’s climate and southern location make it a major stop for rare and unusual birds. Though you can spot resident and migrating birds year-round, the annual Christmas Bird Count regularly records one of the nation’s highest counts of inland species. While you’re outside, take advantage of the scenic panoramas, byways, and trails in the surrounding Huachuca, Dragoon, Mule, and Whetstone mountains that give the city its name, Spanish for “mountain view.”

When the sun sets, exchange your binoculars for a telescope for gazing at the clear night skies. These views have paved the way for Sierra Vista as a center for amateur astronomy; the city has more than a dozen amateur observatories as well as the Patterson Observatory at University of Arizona South campus, which offers public viewing.

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For Visitor information

Sierra Vista Visitors Bureau | 3020 E. Tacoma St. | Sierra Vista, AZ | (800) 288-3861 | www.visitsierravista.com

County It all started How High? Head Count
Cochise County 1956 4,623ft 45,129

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