Sierra Vista (Sorry Vista to its more disgruntled members) also is home to quite a large number of retired military people, due to its proximity to Ft. Huachuca
and the warm climate. Sierra Vista also happens to be located pretty close to the Mexican border, meaning we get our fair share of immigrants passing through. Sierra Vista is in Cochise County
, and is home to Cochise College
as well. The hot button
issue in town is usually developers
- the town is constantly under the threat of running out of water. The nearby Huachuca Mountains
(literally, "Thunder Mountain", which makes "Huachuca Mountains" "Thunder Mountain Mountains") offer some pretty decent hiking, although it's much better late in the year, when you don't have that hot Arizona
sun beating down upon you.
Sierra Vista is also around 80 miles southeast of Tucson
, and the drive is a little over an hour.
Sierra Vista is Spanish
for "Mountain View". The town used to be called "Fry, Arizona", but the name was changed to promote tourism (see Greenland
Sierra Vista is also home to the FIRST McDonald's
drive-through window, from back in the 1950's.