By Kevin Lankes


Fort Huachuca is in Cochise County, Arizona, just 15 miles north of the Mexican border. The post was founded in 1877 during the Apache Wars and was the host location of the Buffalo Soldiers from 1913-1933. Today, close to 20,000 people live at work at Fort Huachuca. Units stationed here include the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, the Military Auxiliary Radio System, the Network Enterprise Technology Command, and the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade. The fort’s motto is “From Sabers to Satellites.” Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Fort Huachuca to help aid you in your transition to your new home.
  1. Where Is Fort Huachuca?
  2. Google Map View
  3. Getting There – Directions to the Post
  4. Entering Fort Huachuca and Post Amenities
  5. Where Should I Live Near Fort Huachuca?
  6. What Schools are Near Fort Huachuca?
  7. What’s the Weather Like in Fort Huachuca?
  8. Things to Do Near Fort Huachuca

Where is Fort Huachuca?

Fort Huachuca

2520 Healy Avenue Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (520) 533-3010

Fort Huachuca Map

How to Get to Fort Huachuca

Fort Huachuca is 6.8 miles south of Huachuca City and 23 miles southwest of Tombstone.

Driving Directions

If you’re driving in from the north, following I-90 S will be your best bet.

Flights to Fort Huachuca

The Sierra Vista Municipal Airport is so close to the post that the two installations share runways. It’s a very small airport that serves limited flights, but getting from here to post is extremely easy.

Greyhound Bus

The closest Greyhound station is in Sierra Vista as well, and from there it’s a mere 15 minutes or less to post by car.

Fort Huachuca Transportation Office

The transportation office will be your best resource for assistance with planning your trip. The staff here have provided help for soldiers who have moved from all over the country. They know the best routes and all the tips and tricks. Make sure you take advantage of this valuable resource.

Fort Huachuca Transportation Office

50010 Smith Street Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (520) 533-5919


  • Monday to Friday:

    0900 to 1700


    0900 to 1300

Entering Fort Huachuca and Post Amenities

Make sure to bring all the necessary identification along with you when you first arrive at Fort Huachuca. You’ll need to show your driver’s license and registration at the gate if you’re coming by car. If you’re driving a rental, then the rental agreement will also work. It’s a good idea to double check the documents you’re going to need before you hit the road.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

When you first enter through the gate, you’ll need to report to your individual command and present your orders. They’ll tell you what your next steps are and get you settled in.

Fort Huachuca Visitor Center

The visitor center on post is the place where any friends or family will have to report when they come to see you. It’s also the spot that tourists will find information on any sights they’re allowed to see around the fort.

Fort Huachuca Visitor's Center

Hatfield St Sierra Vista, AZ 85613


1 (520) 454-2323



DEERS Fort Huachuca

Make an appointment with the DEERS office to obtain your ID card or get a replacement. Any family members living with you will also need to apply for their dependent ID cards through the DEERS office. You’ll need to show supporting documents like any promotion orders and two forms of ID, to be approved.

Fort Huachuca DEERS Office

2660 Winrow Avenue Building 41330 (Whitside Hall) Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (520) 533-1645

Fort Huachuca DEERS Office Hours

  • Monday to Friday:

    0730 to 1130; 1230 to 1600
  • Saturday and Sunday:


Fort Huachuca Gate Hours

  • Buffalo Soldier Gate:

    Monday to Friday 0500-2100
  • West Gate:

  • Van Deman Gate:

Fort Huachuca Commissary

Fort Huachuca Commissary

The commissary is the most convenient place to stock up on groceries while you’re living or working on the post. Stop by for affordable prices and a wide selection of a variety of quality products.

Fort Huachuca Commissary

2170 Arizona St Building 61610 Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (520) 533-5540

Fort Huachuca Commissary Hours

  • Monday:

  • Tuesday to Friday:

    0900 to 1900
  • Saturday:

    0900 to 1800
  • Sunday:

    1000 to 1700

Fort Huachuca PX

The PX on post is filled with stores that can meet the needs of the average soldier. There’s a food court here, barbershops, electronics, clothing, tactical gear, an eye doctor, and much more. It’s a one-stop shopping destination that covers a wide range of services.

Fort Huachuca Exchange

52030 Arizona St Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (520) 458-7830

Fort Huachuca PX Hours

  • Sunday to Friday:

    0900 to 1800
  • Saturday:

    1000 to 1800
Fort Huachuca Barber Shops

Fort Huachuca Barber Shops

1. Barber Shop

Building 82301 Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (520) 417-1305

2. Corner Barber Shop

Building 52010 Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (520) 456-6614

3. Al’s Barber Shop

1-99 S Fab Ave Sierra Vista, AZ 85635


1 (520) 515-9963

Fort Huachuca Post Office

The post office at Fort Huachuca is the place to go for all your mailing and packaging needs. Pick up stamps or other supplies and send and receive letters. For an alternative location, there’s another post office in nearby Sierra Vista.

Fort Huachuca Post Office

47 Arizona St Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (800) 275-8777

Fort Huachuca Finance Office

The finance office is a fantastic resource for all service members and their families. The staff here can walk you through everything you’ll need to keep yourself on track for the future. From basic financial literacy to advanced future proofing, the finance office can help. Learn how to open a checking account or invest in the stock market.

Fort Huachuca Finance Office

Building 41420 Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (520) 533-3729

Fort Huachuca Finance Office Hours

Call 1 (520) 533-3729 for hours of operation. Fort Huachuca Legal Assistance Everyone needs legal services now and again, even soldiers. The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate on post is the place to go in order to get them. They’ll help you with simple procedures like notarizing documents, all the way to consulting with attorneys for more complicated legal issues. Make sure to make an appointment before coming in.

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

2387 Hatfield Street Building 51102 Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (520) 533-2095

Fort Huachuca Legal Assistance Hours

Call 1 (520) 533-2095 for hours of operation.

Fort Huachuca Library

The Christopher G. Nason Military Intelligence Library is part of the Army University Library System and has a wide selection of books and ebooks for checkout. They also provide educational services for students and teachers. They offer research guides, a writing program, journal subscriptions, and more.

Christopher G. Nason Military Intelligence Library

Hatfield Ave., Bldg. 62723 Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613


1 (520) 533-4100 Fort Huachuca Hotels

Fort Huachuca Hotels

1. Fairfield Inn & Suites

3855 El Mercado Loop Sierra Vista, AZ 85635


1 (520) 439-5900

2. Best Western Plus Sun Canyon

260 N Garden Ave Sierra Vista, AZ 85635


1 (520) 335-0404

3. Garden Place Suites

100 N Garden Ave Sierra Vista, AZ 85635


1 (520) 439-3300

4. Rodeway Inn Near Fort Huachuca

100 S Fab Ave Sierra Vista, AZ 85635


1 (520) 335-2198 Download MyBaseGuide’s Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

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Where to Live Near Fort Huachuca?

Where to Live Near Fort Huachuca?

If you’re considering living on post, check out the available on-post housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living in the surrounding areas. There are quite a few options near the post where one could settle down. There are some modest-sized cities and a lot of open land. You’ll need to look through all your options before finding something that suits you, but it shouldn’t be too difficult due to the range of available communities for individuals and families.

Cities Near Fort Huachuca

The closest city to post is Sierra Vista, since the Fort is technically within city limits, and the city center is just under 15 minutes away by car. Other cities nearby are Bisbee and Tombstone.

Best Places to Live Near Fort Huachuca

Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista is a decent-sized city with a population of more than 43,000. There are a handful of historic archeological sites in the area that are related to early human activity, including the Mammoth-Kill landmark. At the end of the Apache Wars, the city began to receive settlers who built up the local economy. The Fort is a large part of Sierra Vista’s GDP, but other industries include a booming retail sphere, science, and technology sectors.


Tombstone is a historic American city located in Cochise County. It sits 23 miles northwest of the post. The city was rocketed into popular culture as the site of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral between allies of Wyatt Earp and allies of the Clanton gang. It’s been a vision of the old west ever since. The population today is just 1,300 inside of the 10 square mile limits. Because of its heavy tourism industry, there are numerous groups of reenactors and companies that work in the entertainment sector.

Huachuca City

Not an actual city, Huachuca City is a town just north of post with a population of 1,800. It’s home to a lot of people who work at Fort Huachuca, as well as those employed in the neighboring cities of Sierra Vista and Tombstone.


Lowell is a small nearby town at an elevation of around 5,075 feet. It has a scenic downtown almost frozen in time. It was once a mining town pulling in immigrants from all over the world. Lowell is worth checking out if you enjoy a quiet home living inside an area with a historic past that’s plain everywhere you look.


Bisbee is the county seat of Cochise County. It has a population of around 5,500 people. This is another former mining town with the main drag right out of a Western film. Tourism is a main part of the economy these days, and John Wayne was often spotted here in his day. There’s a huge culture scene in Bisbee today, with art and architecture communities sprouting up throughout. Look for homes and apartments for rent or sale on AHRN.com.

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Fort Huachuca Schools

Fort Huachuca Schools

The Fort Huachuca Accommodation Schools are the main educational institutions on post. There are two elementary schools and a middle school, serving kids in grades K-8. Sierra Vista public schools are also available and serve kids in grades K-12. Preschool is available on post, and there are plenty of daycare options in the surrounding community. Read our full guide to Fort Huachuca schools for a complete picture of your educational options. Fort Huachuca Weather

Fort Huachuca Weather

Summers here are hot and dry, and the temperature can rise into the 90s and even the low 100s on rare occasions. You won’t see much precipitation year round, but it’ll be partially cloudy a good amount of the time. The wettest part of the year comes at the end of July. Winter’s temps can drop below 40 degrees, though it isn’t likely. For the most part, the humidity is low and it’s fairly comfortable on post, though you’ll likely want to stay in the shade during the hot summer months. Things to Do Near Fort Huachuca

Things to Do Near Fort Huachuca

The area around the post is great for lovers of the outdoors. There are canyons, trails, and other hiking, camping, and picnicking locations within an easy drive of the fort. In terms of culture, one can find museums, including the Army Intelligence Museum, the Cove Aquatic Center, the Arizona Folklore Preserve, and more. There are also plenty of restaurants and fun indoor things to do as well. Check out our full guide for the best things to do near Fort Huachuca. Connect with military-trusted businesses and deals exclusively at MyBaseGuide.com

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Fort Huachuca is a fascinating place to serve. Right on the Mexican border, it’s filled with culture and history, as is the surrounding area. You’ll get to live and work in a place that still echoes with the America of the frontier, with towns and cities that look like they’ve come straight out of the movies. This is a great place for history buffs and nature lovers. But there’s definitely something here for the whole family. Enjoy your time on post, and make the most of your PCS by taking the time to explore.  

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