The National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations has designated the Sonoran Desert region of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico to recognize the culture, nature, history and heritage of the region. National Geographic made this unique designation because of the signature scenery and the inspiring and unforgettable variety of experiences that are truly under-discovered. Sierra Vista is proud to be located in the heart of this region and to have so many connections to the attractions and activities selected by National Geographic (all of which are included in our suggested itineraries).Click on Area Attractions to see all the National Geographic designated attractions and more.
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Southeastern Arizona Birding Guide
With its abundant and diverse wildlife and spectacular scenery, it's no wonder southeastern Arizona is a premier destination for birders and other nature enthusiasts. The combination of mild climate, proximity to the Mexican border and diverse habitats, including 9000-foot mountains and the last free flowing river in the Southwest, make southeastern Arizona a major hotspot for many rare and unusual animals and plants.