A closer look at Kearny, Ariz. reveals ‘hidden gem’

I tried to avoid sifting through the slag pile of mining clichés, idioms and metaphors, but I just had to extract one about digging under the surface to find a hidden gem. In this case the gem is the General Kearny Inn in Kearny, Arizona.


Front entrance of General Kearny Inn

General Kearny Inn doesn’t look like much from the outside. It’s not a resort you’ll find in AAA’s diamond ratings or on The Travel Channel. But beyond the plain peach-colored bricks and exterior wood panels lies a gem of an Arizona getaway — a clean, comfortable “home away from home.”  It could be ideal setting for a family or school reunion, an organization retreat or even a guys’ getaway or ‘mancation.’

For example, imagine waking up away from the big city, tucked away in a quiet Arizona town at the foot of the Mescal Mountains. Start out a Saturday morning with a little bass fishing on peaceful Kearny Lake, followed by a few hours of off-road trail riding, hiking or horseback riding and a leisurely afternoon of shooting pool and watching some football in the General Kearny Inn lobby. Top that off with a group barbecue dinner. Or maybe dine out for pizza or Mexican fare just a short walk away. Sounds like a great plan for a guys’ getaway, right? Or for that matter, it would make a fun family reunion trip too!

General Kearny Inn lobby-bar area is almost like being at home

General Kearny Inn’s front door opens into a unique combination front desk-lobby-bar-lounge and poolroom. A step outdoors reveals a group seating area that would make a great setting for large group dining. The two-story guest room buildings surround a spacious grass courtyard with a covered concrete patio in the center that is used for dancing, concerts or weddings. Newly remodeled rooms include all the basic amenities plus Wi-Fi, DirecTV and mini refrigerators. Weekly rates are also available which is nice for vacationers who might want use Kearny as a “base camp” for hiking in nearby Aravaipa Canyon or exploring other parts of Arizona’s copper country.


Dining patio would be ideal for groups
Covered patio area in the General Kearny Inn courtyard
Kearny Lake park area has a picnic area and RV campground
This Porter air locomotive carried ore and men out of the original underground copper mines. It was a gift to the people of Kearny from Kennecott Copper Corp. in 1955

The General Kearny Inn — like the town — was named for Stephen W. Kearny, a U.S. Army general who during the mid-1800s led his soldiers along the Gila River from New Mexico into Arizona and onto the Colorado River near Yuma. On the Town of Kearny’s website is a recreational cartoon map of Kearny with the caption: “Kearny – Peaceful, Inviting, Unforgettable.”  And the General Kearny Inn – like the town – is all of those.

Just as a side note for those folks following Arizona tidbits of history to commemorate the upcoming centennial, I would recommend learning more about a man who accompanied General Kearny: topographer and scientist Lt. W. H. Emory. It was Emory’s mapping and reporting of the expedition that not only became widely used and accepted in scientific and governmental circles but also became a popular guidebook for pioneer families moving west to California.

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