One of the best-kept secrets in Arizona is a bustling community just 70 miles outside of Tucson: Sierra Vista. This community offers unparalleled outdoor adventure and 360-degree mountain views. Thanks to the elevation at 4,600 feet, the daily temperatures average 10 degrees cooler than Tucson and about 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix!
If that doesn’t tempt you, here are four more reasons to discover Sierra Vista:
Nature is Right Out Your Back Door.
Yes, literally. From anywhere in Sierra Vista, you can hop in your car or ride a bike along one of the designated bicycle paths and be communing with Mother Nature in 15 minutes. Head to the Coronado National Forest, the San Pedro River, or any of the City’s many parks or green spaces.
Sierra Vista earned its Bicycle Friendly Community designation in 2017. And with good reason. The city is criss-crossed with about 30 miles of paved bike paths, even more designated bike routes, and opens up to hundreds of miles of mountain trails begging to be biked. (Two favorite bike trails are the Perimeter Loop, from Brown Canyon Ranch, and Garden Canyon Linear Park.) Even better: Sierra Vista is located along U.S. Bicycle Route 90 for distance riders.
The (Night) Sky’s the Limit.
Thanks to some of the lowest sign illumination standards in the world, Sierra Vista is one of the best places in the state for viewing night skies. Try to plan your trip during one of the Star Parties at Montezuma Pass or during a monthly Public Night at the U of A South’s Patterson Observatory. Here, the Milky Way truly pulls a dense blanket of stars across the night sky.
Wining and Dining.
Less than an hour’s drive to the west, and just over an hour’s drive to the east, puts you right in the middle of Arizona’s top wine regions. Day-trip to Willcox, with vineyards located along the alluvial fan of the Chiricahuas, and Sonoita, whose vineyards are tucked into rolling hills, to sample some gold medal-winning wines. Buy a bottle or two to enjoy with dinner at one of Sierra Vista’s varied restaurants, offering a surprising variety of ethnic cuisine and sophisticated flavors you’d expect in larger cities (at double the price).
Find out more about Sierra Vista and start planning your adventure at VisitSierraVista.com.