Sierra Vista began life in the early 1900's as a small town adjacent to the Army's Fort Huachuca (hwa-chuka). The fort remains its neighbor, but Sierra Vista is now a thriving business and tourist center for southeastern Arizona.
Surrounded by mountain ranges and near the San Pedro River, Sierra Vista offers good opportunities for bird watching, hiking and scenic drives. It is also near the newly opened Kartchner Caverns.
Southeastern Arizona is a premier destination for birders and other nature enthusiasts. The combination of mild climate, proximity to the Mexican border and diverse habitats, including 9000-foot mountains and the last free-flowing river in the Southwest, make southeastern Arizona a major hotspot for many rare and unusual animals and plants. Lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and The Nature Conservancy offer a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities.
Sierra Vista is near the southeastern corner of Arizona, about 70 miles southeast of Tucson. It is south of I-10 and east of I-19.
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