Kerny Monument

General Kearny Encampment Monument

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More than 150 years ago, early explorers passed through this same area, recording their accounts of its wildlife, geology, and culture.

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Contact Information

Safford Field Office
711 14th Ave
Safford, AZ 85546

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Hiking & Walking Museums/Heritage Resources

The Kearny Camp Monument commemorates the site where General Stephen Watts Kearny and his Army battalion camped on October 27, 1846, en route to California during the Mexican-American War.

Directions: From Safford, travel approximately five miles east on U.S. Highway 70 to the town of Solomon and turn left onto Sanchez Road. Travel north for eight miles, crossing the bridge at the Gila River, to a Gila Box RNCA sign. Turn left onto that dirt road. Travel another 3.8 miles and take the right fork in the road. Travel 0.6 mile to another fork and turn right. Follow the signs at the next fork, turning right into the Riverview Campground. The monument is located on a knoll overlooking the Gila River near the campground. It is best accessed by hiking the Cottonwood Trail from the Flying W Group Day Use Area, located beyond the campground.

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Hiking and Walking Trails

General Kearny Encampment Monument has the following hiking and walking trails available to the public.

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Cottonwood Trail

The Cottonwood Trail is a 2.5-mile loop trail that links the Serna Cabin Picnic Area, Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Viewing Area, Riverview Campground, Flying W Group Day Use Area, and Kearny Camp Monument. It is an easy trail that includes some gentle slopes and unstable surfaces. Spring and fall offer the most pleasant temperatures for hiking the trail.

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Length: 2.5 miles

Rating: Easy



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