Close to metropolitan Tucson and its international airport, Sierra Vista gives your group the opportunity to live a true Old West experience, observe wildlife in natural habitats, experience high altitude hiking and mountain biking, and walk the paths of early man and the mammoths they hunted.
Did you know that the Sierra Vista area has a recorded history as far back as 86,000 years? Discover the prehistoric fauna in Kartchner Caverns and the 13,000 year old Clovis site where the earliest known people to inhabit North America left their mark. Learn about horse-mounted cavalry troops and cowboys, miners, lawmen and banditos (some famous, some infamous) who trekked over these wooded mountains and grassy plains.
Did you know Sierra Vista boasts the Hummingbird Capital of the U.S. with over 17 species noted? So many of these tiny birds flock here, Sierra Vista is called “the hummingbird capital of the United States.” Nearby Nature Conservancy preserves, protected wild lands and rivers, and national forests are home to some of the most diverse ecological sites in the world.
At an elevation of 4,623 feet surrounded by mountain peaks reaching nearly 10,000 feet, Sierra Vista’s moderate four-season climate makes outdoor recreation available any time of year. From bicycling a section of the Arizona Trail to hiking in wilderness areas, the breath-taking views from surrounding sky islands make lasting memories.
The following areas of interest can be developed into single day and multi-day itineraries.
Arizona’s Cowboys & Miners –
Arizona’s old west culture comes alive in this day excursion to Bisbee and Tombstone with stops at ghost towns along the San Pedro River.
Kartchner Caverns State Park & American Indian Treasures –
Discover the hidden gem of the Amerind Foundation and the spectacular Kartchner Caverns State Park.
Watchable Wildlife –
Experience world class birding and wildlife watching in Ramsey Canyon, Garden Canyon, along the San Pedro River, and in the Sulpher Springs Valley.
Arizona’s Wine Country –
Make Sierra Vista your home base for your southeast Arizona wine country tours, with travels through the varied landscapes near Willcox and Sonoita.
Military Museums –
Plan your trip with stops at Tucson’s Pima Air & Space Museum and Titan Missile Museum then travel to Sierra Vista to tour the military museums at Fort Huachuca and historic Fort Bowie in east Cochise County.
Our Lady of the Sierras Shrine and Holy Trinity Monastery –
Visit the majestic shrine and monastery, which extends a serene invitation to visitors of all faiths.