Sierra Vista Travel Guide

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    My husband looking over the canyon
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Sierra Vista Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lots of history and friendly (most of them) people 

  • Con
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     Little to do at night 

  • In a nutshell
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     You could die of culture starvation here, unless you like indian jewelry 

Sierra Vista Things to Do

  • Henry F. Hauser Museum

    The Henry F. Hauser Museum is located in the Ethel Berger Center on Tacoma Street. Frankly, the first time or two I went here I was disappointed but they have been working hard making improvements and this has tirned into a fine small town museum. It also has a display about Mr. Hauser who was a retired general and one of the most important mayors...

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  • Hiking Old Sawmill Spring Trail

    My husband and I, took our 15 month old son with up Carr Canyon for a hike. The trail is decent with a steep climb that levels off after about 3 minutes uphill, the rest of the trail is flat,with loose gravel. Make sure you have good hiking shoes with good traction. The vegetation is that of pine, mostly scared from the wildfire of three years...

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  • Ramsey Canyon Preserve: The Nature...

    Located within the San Pedro river Valley in the Huachuca Mountains is the Nature Conservancy that is Ramsey Canyon. I wrote a review on hiking within the canyon previously. Today my husband, son and I, returned to Ramsey canyon for yet another hike. We were a little wishy washy on which trails we wanted to hike, eventually to did one, but not long...

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  • San Pedro House

    Located within the San Pedro Riparian Conservation area, the historic San Pedro house was built in the 1930s by the Boquillas Land and Cattle Company for their ranch manager. The original ranch buildings included the railroad tie cabin ( a play house for the manager's children), the water tank and the main house now used as an information center.I...

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  • San Pedro River

    If you find yourself in Sierra Vista, I highly recommend visiting the San Pedro Riparian Conservation area. It is the location of the San Pedro River which has some of the richest wildlife habitat in the Southwest. With more than species of mammals, and approximately three hundred and fifty species of birds, it is definitely worth seeing.A self...

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  • Great Tree of Arizona

    Known as the Great Tree of Arizona, the giant Fremont Cottonwood tree at the San Pedro house is in its own class. It is about 80 years old and measures 36 feet round. It was named 'Bailey' by the ranch manager who planted it behind his house in 1948.It is of course the largest in the Riparian area, but the San Pedro River supports one of the...

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Sierra Vista Restaurants

  • Samurai Surf & Turf

    Today, my husband, son and I stopped by the Panda Express Store #1828 for an early lunch. We had just finished shopping for a few items at Walmart, we decided we had not eaten at a Panda express in a while so we crossed the Walmart parking lot to the food store.The service team greeted us as we walked through the door and immediately asked what...

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  • Maestro's

    I took my husband for dinner to Maestro's. I had long wanted to eat there, so when the opportunity presented itself, I took it.It was pretty empty, just one table occupied by a party of 5. We were seated right away.Only one server was available, he seemed pretty confident. We were in no hurry so we did not mind the delay in between orders. We...

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  • Golden Phoenix

    I would recommend this as a first choice for Chinese food should you find yourself in Sierra Vista and in the mood for oriental food. This was the first time I was eating here even though I have lived in the area for nearly two years now. I chanced upon it a while back as I went to my Chiropractor's office for a massage. Even though I had wanted to...

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  • Steak? The Outback?

    Its been a while since I have eaten steak, let alone at a steakhouse. The last time I went to an Outback, I was living in Tucson, that was more than 2 years ago. Tonight however, my husband decided to treat us to dinner at the Outback. He made reservations for 7:010 pm, not that he needed too seeing as it was pretty empty when we arrived. It is...

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  • Disappointing Food

    Olive Garden is known for service and great food, unfortunately I can not say the same for the one in Sierra Vista this time around. My husband took me for dinner after a whole day of anticipating eating Italian food. It was not busy even though it was a Saturday. We were seated right away and our waiter came by to tell us about the wine of the day...

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  • Poor Service!

    What a disappointment. I took my children and my daughter's friend to lunch on Sunday after Church. Perhaps I should have chosen a different day, but my thought went back to the great experience I had at the one in Tucson. There were quite a few cars in the parking lot so I expected the wait; we were seated when one table was available.Our waitress...

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Sierra Vista Nightlife

  • Food, Fun and Spirits

    Famous Sam's advertises "Food, Fun and Spirits". The food runs mostly toward fried chicken and fish, burgers, sanwiches, chili and the like. There are dartboards, pool tables and several TV Screens tuned to various sports. They also have a full service bar. Casual is fine.

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  • The City Closes at 7pm

    I think this city closes at about 7pm. The mall closes, the shops shut down and a lot of restauraunts close for the night. Some of the bars may stay open and I hear on Thursdays they bring some women in from Tuscon to entertain the local men from the army base. I left on a Wed so I didn't get a chance to see the show. I think that was probably for...

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Sierra Vista Transportation

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    Airport Shuttle Sierra Vista to Tucson

    by kinjockity Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE by 3 Canyons Transit Co.

    Visit them on-line! www.arizonasunshinetours.com

    The Lowest Rates! ~ The Best Service!

    Serving Sierra Vista, Hereford, Fort Huachuca, Huachuca City, Benson, Whetstone, Sonoita, Tombstone, Bisbee and more with to and from service to Tucson International Airport!

    Providing connecting service to both Greyhound and Amtrak stations in Tucson and Benson... getting around these parts to points east, west, north and south... just got easier!

    Call for rates and reservation information.

    Call 520.803.6713

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Sierra Vista Shopping

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    by TinKan Written Jun 4, 2005

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    Yes…. There is a mall in Sierra Vista. The mall has a great movie theater, a food court, a Sears a Dillard’s and even a Spencer’s Gifts. This mall is just like any other mall in America and many of the people that visit Sierra Vista do not even know there is a mall here.

    The Sierra Vista mall is a great place to escape the heat of the summer days.

    What to buy: Go to the food court. There is an A&W, a Chineese place and you can always get Mrs Fields cookies.

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Sierra Vista Warnings and Dangers

  • Monsoon Season

    From around the 4th of July, into September is monsoon season in the high desert. Thunderstorms arrive most days in the afternoon. Beware of the lightning and don't get caught in the canyons during a rainstorm, as flash floods do occur.

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  • Don't speed!!!

    Don't speed!!! The cops are waiting for a reason to pull you over. The road into town is especially bad and it's one of the only ways in or out. It's a log straight stretch and very tempting to go fast but it's like fishing in a bucket if you do. You'll surely be pulled over if you speed.

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Sierra Vista Tourist Traps

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    by Africancrab Written Dec 28, 2012

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    Starbucks is a touchy subject when discussed among good coffee drinkers, I included. I do however enjoy having my cup of latte at Starbucks. I have never had a complaint about service nor the product at any Starbucks location until I walked into the Starbucks located inside Target in Sierra Vista.

    I'm not sure if the owners of the Starbucks Franchise know that there is a problem with the product at this location or not, or if the management of this location does not just care.

    I had bad coffee, that is it.

    The ladies behind the counter looked like they had a long day already and were just about done with service. Mike wanted to go find coffee else where, in fact he suggested McDonald's which I should have listened to him, but didn't. I paid $4.35 for a lousy, lukewarm cup of latte that I ended up dumping out.

    I would not want you to waste almost $5.00 on a cup of coffee there unless you don't care. For $1.35 you will get a better cup of coffee from McDonald's located inside Walmart. Starbucks is a trap, not just for tourists but the locals as well.

    Unique Suggestions: If you have never tried it, once will not hurt. Just so you can have a decent discussion about it when it arises.

    Fun Alternatives: McCafe from McDonald's is great

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Sierra Vista What to Pack

  • Day Hiking - Suggested Packing List

    Back Pack or Ruck Sack BandanaSunglasses Poncho or rain jacket (lightweight)2 T-shirts (the extra T-shirt is nice to change into if you get sweaty)Shorts or walking pants Wool/wool blend socks Lightweight wind breakerjacket & and pants Hiking boots Gloveshead gear (hat or cap) First Aid Kit Moleskin & other foot care products –depends on your...

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  • Packing List

    No special bag is needed for Sierra Vista. Bring whatever you're comfortable with. It was pretty darn hot when I was there so I would bring summer gear. Even though Sierra Vista is in the middle of no where they still have all the comforts of home. If you have special requirements you may want to plan ahead. If not you should be able to find...

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Sierra Vista Off The Beaten Path

  • Chiricahua National Monument

    Located about 50 miles away is Chiricahua National Monument which is a place of wonder and beauty. The park is known as having some of the best marked trails in the United States and there is a trail for all young and old. At the peak in one area you will even find a nice ¼ mile trail that is paved and is wheelchair accessible which is nice.

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  • Parker Canyon Lake. This...

    Parker Canyon Lake. This place is not easy to find, but well worth the winding, hilly drive. Many of the roads leading up here are dirt. Is is a great place to go relax and fishing or hikingThis lake is located in hill country. There are several recreational activities for those willing to drive the dirt roads that lead to it. I recommend not...

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  • The San Pedro River. East of...

    The San Pedro River. East of Sierra Vista, this river is a great place to go hiking and get outdoors.I've done some hiking around the San Pedro River. It's a beautiful area if you appreciate desert environments. The river gets rather small in the summer months, and you should always watch out for rattlesnakes. If you are traveling west/east between...

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Sierra Vista Favorites

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    Sierra Vista

    by TinKan Written Jun 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Sierra Vista is a small little town located at the base of the Huachuca Mountains. The temperatures here tend to be 8 to 10 degrees cooler than in Tucson which is 70 miles west of Sierra Vista.

    Fondest memory: Hiking, camping, bird watching and horseback riding are among the many things you can do in the area.

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