fort huachuca

Fort Huachuca National Historic District

Still an active military installation, Fort Huachuca was established in 1877 to defend American settlers and protect Mexico from Apache attacks. Those who mustered there in the early years quelled Apache raids, tracked and captured Geronimo, and tangled with the likes of Billy the Kid and Pancho Villa.

Now a National Historic Landmark District, Fort Huachuca serves as Arizona’s last active Army post, and the U.S. Army’s center for electronic weaponry, U.S. Army communications, and military intelligence training. 800-288-3861 or 520-533-7111.

Important Note: If you’d like to visit Fort Huachuca, please remember the Fort is an active military installation and specific entrance requirements are enforced. U.S. Citizens without a valid Department of Defense credential will be subject to a background check before receiving a photo ID pass, valid for up to 30-days. Allow 30 minutes to complete the entrance requirements. Current vehicle registration and proof of vehicle insurance may be requested. International visitors must arrange for an approved military escort in advance (PIO@SierraVistaAZ.gov). The Fort may be closed without notice.

Personal use photography of wildlife and historic buildings is permitted. Commercial photography and videography is not permitted. Please direct questions concerning permissible photography to DPTMS Antiterrorism Office (520-533-6995) or the Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office (520-533-1850).

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Fort Huachuca Museum

The Fort Museum commemorates more than 150 years of history, from the first attempts to tame the territory in 1846 to World War II. Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers and their role in American history, the 4th Cavalry patrol, Indian scouts, the surrender of Geronimo, and the hardships of living in a frontier fort. Allow 1–2 hours. Free admission; donations appreciated. Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed federal holidays. 800-288-3861 or 520-533-3638.

Military Intelligence Soldier Heritage Learning Center

See surveillance and espionage tools from the Civil War, the notorious Enigma Machine, a Cold War era U.S. espionage Jeep, a surveillance drone, a section of the Berlin Wall, and more. Allow 1 hour. Free admission; donations appreciated. Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed federal holidays. 800-288-3861 or 520-533-3638.

Old Post Cemetery

Established in 1877, this cemetery is an emotional “read” for devotees of military history and the final resting place of many historic figures that helped shape the West. Allow 30 minutes. 800-288-3861.

Reservoir Hill Overlook

Located on the southern portion of the overlook this is truly one of the majestic viewpoints of the San Pedro Valley. Allow 15–30 minutes. Outdoor amenities only. 800-288-3861.

Buffalo Soldier Plaza

African-American soldiers earned the moniker “Buffalo Soldiers” from the Cheyenne and Comanche during the Indian Wars, and continued to serve under it through World War II. These soldiers are honored with a statue at Buffalo Soldier Legacy Plaza on Fort Huachuca, and in an expansive exhibit at the Fort Huachuca Museum. From the Van Deman Gate, stay on Hatfield (becomes Lawton after crossing Smith Ave.); right on Winrow; left on Mizner; right onto Grierson; right on Hungerford; left on Johnson.