I have lived in Arizona for 23 years and have spent 21 of those years in Sierra Vista, Arizona. This little city in the southeastern part of the state has a population of roughly 60,000, mostly retired and military because Fort Huachuca is contiguous with Sierra Vista, only separated by Buffalo Soldier Trail. Sierra Vista with its diverse culture has so much to offer all generations who come to visit, and to live. For the older generations, there are two golf courses. The beautiful Huachuca Mountains are only 15 to 20 minutes away, providing great hiking and camping spots. The City of Sierra Vista Parks & Leisure holds a variety of social events for the older generations anywhere from table tennis leagues to social gatherings and trips across the border including cruises. Every year the city holds the annual senior games, which many people from across the country attend. In the fall, there is the triathlon, which starts at the local aquatic center, which is one of the leading centers in the state in just about every aspect, and which I had the privilege of working for as a lifeguard assistant manager for 3 years.
The Aquatic Center also known as the “Cove” is the “wettest wildest fun under one roof.” A truly amazing center, the “Cove” draws much attention for the city with its versatile uses. The facility, which is an indoor wave pool with retractable roofs, caters many different events from privately rented pool parties to movie night at the “Cove” with an advertised movie; this past summer was King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia. There is also Tsunami night where the waves are turned up, pizza and soda are offered all night long, and a DJ for are provide for a safe and fun getaway for the kids and teenagers. There are swim lessons ranging in age from 6 months to adult. The pool is home to the Buena High School swim team and a local year round team called the “Cougars.” During the year, there is lap swim three times a day, which is a great way to keep in shape and many people of all generations use. Last and not least is the water fitness classes offered from high passed to deep water and even warm water, whatever you are looking for this facility could help you in one way or another.
If you want more out doors there are many excellent trails in the area for horse back riding, ATV’s, and mountain biking. There are girls & adult softball leagues offered plus little league and traveling teams. Other sports are soccer, flag football the bowling league, which meets on the Fort and a dirt bike track called Nomads. There are a variety of different Martial arts in the area, one of which I am an assistant instructor at, plus two gyms, Buena health and fitness, and Cochise racquet club. For just leisure shopping, there is the Wal-Mart and the complex that it is now in with a variety of other stores in just walking distance. Just 3 or 4 miles down the road is “The Mall at Sierra Vista” with which I was employed as a security guard for a while. There are varieties of different restaurants ranging from fine Mexican food to Chinese. The people in the area are some of the nicest I have ever met, very few of them would not help someone if asked, which makes my living in this city even more special to me. The history of the city is quite colorful, going back the establishment of the city in 1956 to the start of Fry Town and to the start of Fort Huachuca in the mid to late 1800’s which would give birth to Fry Town and later Sierra Vista.
Sierra Vista means so much to me I can’t think of another place that I would rather call home. The name Sierra Vista translated means “Mountain View” and I must say that the views of the Huachuca’s and the neighboring mountains provide moments where one wants to stop and enjoy the few beginning moments of the day with the refreshing sun rise, or it’s breath taking sunsets off into the desert night. Sierra Vista to me is a place where people who don’t even know you welcome you. It is the place of my closest friends and family.