Quality of Life

Boasting a modern, 100-bed hospital, four colleges and universities, and a shopping mall, Sierra Vista is Cochise County’s retail, education, and medical hub. Here, you’ll find big city amenities without the big city traffic or crime. Even better, take a short drive in any direction and you’ll discover the best outdoor recreation and day-trip destinations the region has to offer.

Current Climate
Canyon Vista Medical Center
The New Canyon Vista Medical Center commits to serve residents in Sierra Vista, Ft. Huachuca, Cochise County
Canyon Vista Medical Center
Cochise College offers continuing education and special interest classes at the Center For Lifelong Learning
The Great Outdoors
Millville Ruins and Petroglyphs
Millville Ruins and Petroglyphs
Enjoying more than 300 days of sunshine per year and a brisk elevation of about 4,600 feet, Sierra Vista is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. The community has about 30 miles of multi-use paths, which provide walkers, runners, and cyclists scenic routes throughout the City that also link with dirt trails heading into the Huachuca Mountains. That’s where you find the hikers and mountain bikers, who explore the many spring-filled canyons winding up to peaks that tower around 9,000 feet in the sky.

With ideal weather, it’s almost always a good day for a round of golf at one of the two local courses or a visit to one of Sierra Vista’s community parks, which feature a myriad of recreational amenities for people of all ages. From tranquil, garden-like settings where you can enjoy a good book, to wide-open spaces offering covered ramadas and grilling facilities for larger gatherings, and play equipment for children, there is a city park to meet all of your leisure needs. Be sure to visit one of our special use parks where you’ll find desert trails, disc golf, exercise stations, and even a remote control airfield. Then there’s the Sierra Vista Aquatic Center “The Cove,” one of just a handful indoor wave pools in the nation that also offer competitive lap swim.

 

Day Trips

Sierra Vista is a 30 to 45 minute drive away from world-class wine country and tourist destinations like Tombstone and Bisbee, which make for fun day-trips or even weekend getaways. Between Elgin, Sonoita, and Willcox, there are more 20 tasting rooms to visit, with ghost towns and plenty of Old West history to explore in between.

Where to?
Dark Skies
Turn out the lights and Sierra Vista’s clear skies reveal one of the world’s best windows into the universe. Here you’ll have a front row seat for the oldest lightshow around. A home for many astronomers, Sierra Vista protects its treasured dark skies by holding the community to the highest standard in the state when it comes to dimming lights at night.
Huachuca Astronomy Club of Southeastern Arizona members own and operate 15 private observatories and sponsor star-gazing events that are open to the public. Monthly public observation nights are hosted at the Patterson Observatory on the University of Arizona Sierra Vista campus, offering a free guided tour of the night sky. Visit the club’s website, www.huacastronomy.com, for information, or call the Visitor Center at 800-288-3861 for a schedule of events.

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