Entertainment and Events
Catch films at The Movies (4055 Stockton Hill, 928/757-7985).
Staff at the Powerhouse Visitor Center provide information on local happenings. Classic and antique cars roll into town for the Route 66 Fun Run Road Rally in early May. Artists and craftspeople display their work at the Festival of the Arts on Mothers' Day weekend in May.
Take in the exhibits and entertainment of the Mohave County Fair in mid-September. Kingmanites and visitors celebrate Andy Devine Days (www.kingmanrodeo.com) with a parade, PRCA rodeo, and other festivities on the last weekend of September. See handmade artistry in the Kingman Cancer Care Arts and Crafts Fair on the second weekend in November. The Caroling Festival and Parade of Lights add cheer in mid-December.
Metcalfe City Park offers shade trees, picnic tables, and a playground at W. Beale and Grandview Ave., diagonally opposite the Mohave Museum of History and Arts. You'll find swimming pools downtown at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Gold Street, 928/753-8155, and in Centennial Park at 3333 N. Harrison, 928/757-7910. Centennial Park also has tennis and racquetball courts, ball fields, and picnicking.
Golfers play at the 18-hole courses at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course (1001 E. Gates, west off Stockton Hill Rd., 928/753-6593) and 17 miles northeast on AZ 66 at Valle Vista (9686 N. Concho Dr., 928/757-8744).
Most of Kingman's motels and restaurants line W. Beale (US 93) and E. Andy Devine (Route 66/AZ 66) between I-40 Exits 48 and 53. Travelers have a choice of older, well-kept motels, newer "economy" places, high-standard chains, and one historic hotel. Competition keeps prices low—accommodations are some of the best bargains in the state. Rates tend to go up a bit in summer, when reservations are recommended for weekends, especially during an event. Hualapai Mountain Park offers lodgings too; see Vicinity of Kingman below.
Historic Hotel: The 1909 Hotel Brunswick (downtown at 315 E. Andy Devine, 928/718-1800) has been beautifully restored. Rooms start at $30-35 d for a small one with bath down the hall and cost $60-66 d with bath or $88-175 d for a suite. Brunswick Bistro (no lunch is served Sat.–Sun.) offers American and continental fare. Mulligan’s bar is a place to relax.
Under $50: Many of these post their prices. Motels just off I-40 Exit 48 on the way to Las Vegas include Knights Inn (1239 W. Beale, 928/753-2773, $40 s, $45 d) and Frontier Motel (1250 W. Beale, 928/753-6171, $25 s, $30 d). If you head toward downtown on W. Beale from Exit 48, you'll soon come to Motel 6 West (424 W. Beale, 928/753-9222 or 800/466-8356, $37-40 d) and Arizona Inn (411 W. Beale, 928/753-5521, $32-35 d). Another group lies just east of downtown, and you can get views from some rooms at El Trovatore Motel (1440 E. Andy Devine, 928/753-6520, $26 d) and Hill Top Motel 1901 E. Andy Devine, 928/753-2198, $32-39 s, $32-42 d). The longest string—and greatest concentration of chain motels—lies farther east of downtown along Andy Devine near I-40 Exit 53. Here you'll see such places as 1st Value Inn (3270 E. Andy Devine, 928/757-7122, $28 s, $32 d), Silver Queen (3285 E. Andy Devine, 928/757-4315, $30 s, $33 d), Motel 6 East (3351 E. Andy Devine, 928/757-7151 or 800/466-8356, $30 d), Days Inn East (3381 E. Andy Devine, 928/757-7337 or 800/329-7666, $33-45 d), and Super 8 (3401 E. Andy Devine, 928/757-4808 or 800/800-8000, $30-36 s, $36-40 d).
$50-100: The well-known chains hold down this category, and nearly all lie just west off I-40 Exit 53 toward downtown. Choices include Best Western Kings Inn & Suites (2930 E. Andy Devine, 928/753-6101 or 800/750-6101, $75 s, $75-79 d and up) with an outdoor pool, indoor spa, and an exercise room; you can upgrade to mini-suites or suites.
All of these stay open year-round. The Kingman KOA (928/757-4397 or 800/562-3991, $18 tent or RV no hookups, $25-27 RV w/hookups, $37 cabin) offers a pool, showers, game room, store, and miniature golf. Take I-40 Exit 51, go north half a mile on Stockton Hill Road, turn right one mile on Airway Ave., then left on Roosevelt to the campground. Zuni Village RV Park (2840 Airway Ave., near I-40 Exit 53, 928/692-6202, $16.50 RV w/hookups) has a pool and showers. Circle S Campground (2360 Airway, near I-40 Exit 53, 928/757-3235, $12 tents, $17.50 RV w/hookups) also includes a pool and showers.
Fort Beale RV Park (300 Metcalfe Rd. near I-40 Exit 48, 928/753-3355, $25 RV w/hookups) features a pool, showers, and views. Canyon West RV (two miles west of downtown off Route 66/Oatman Rd., 928/753-9378, $12 tent, $20 RV w/hookups) offers sites with a shower. Highway 66 RV Park (northeast 16 miles down Route 66 at Valle Vista, near Milepost 71, 928/757-8878, $20 w/hookups) accepts self-contained RVs only.
Blake Ranch RV Park (18 miles east of Kingman on Blake Ranch Road, just off I-40 Exit 66, 928/757-3336, $19 tent, $20-22 RV w/hookups) has showers. Hualapai Mountain Park, 14 miles southeast of town, offers tent and RV sites in cool pine forests; see Vicinity of Kingman.
Lots of American eateries line the Business Route, and you'll find popular chain and fast-food places near all three I-40 exits. The Route 66 era lives on downtown at the 1950s-style Mr. D'z Route 66 Diner (105 E. Andy Devine, 928/718-0066, breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, $7-12) with American classics on the extensive menu.
Brunswick Bistro (downtown at 315 E. Andy Devine in the Hotel Brunswick, 928/718-1800, no lunch is served Sat.–Sun.) serves American and Continental cuisine.
When you see the life-size steer on the roof of a western-style building, you've arrived at the Dambar Steakhouse (1960 E. Andy Devine and Stockton Hill/Hualapai Mtn. Rds., 928/753-3523, lunch and dinner daily, $9-25). Steaks feature on the menu, which also includes prime rib, chicken, pork, catfish, seafood, and vegetable pasta. There's sawdust on the floor, a saloon, and dining areas decorated with ranch artifacts, mining gear, and Andy Devine memorabilia.
Cappello's (1921 Club Ave., just east off Stockton Hill, 928/718-3300, lunch and dinner daily, $6-29) prepares fine Italian pasta and meat dishes. Staff make their own pasta and pride themselves on their veal and steak dishes. The main dining room has tables and booths around a central fountain; murals and framed paintings decorate the walls.
Mattina's Ristorante Italiano (downtown at 318 Oak St., 928/753-7504, www.mattinasristorante.com, dinner Tues.-Sat., $12-20) has great steaks along with Sicilian flavors of seafood, chicken, and pasta. The owner plays on a mafia theme in naming the dishes, and has photos of Frank Sinatra and his "Rat Pack" in one dining room and photos of notorious mobsters in another. You can join cooking classes a couple of times a month.
For Mexican food, try El Palacio (downtown at 401 E. Andy Devine, 928/718-0018, lunch and dinner daily, $6-13). The menu lists many appetizers and salads as well as such specialties as fajitas and the steak a la diablo—sirloin sauteed in a secret picante hot sauce. You can also choose among the burritos, tostadas, seafood items, egg dishes, and combos. Splashes of bright color add a festive air to the dining room.
Two Chinese-American restaurants at opposite ends of town offer long and varied menus. House of Chan (just northwest off I-40 Exit 48 at 960 W. Beale, 928/753-3232, daily for lunch and dinner, $5-11.25) features a buffet option for both lunch and dinner. Lo's Restaurant (119 Tucker Ave., 928/753-5673, daily for lunch and dinner, $5.25-17) is a few blocks west on Andy Devine from I-40 Exit 53—look for the giant sign.
Information and Services
Staff at the Powerhouse Visitor Center (downtown at 120 W. Andy Devine or P.O. Box 1150, Kingman, AZ 86402, 928/753-6106 or 866/427-7866, www.kingmantourism.org, daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m., to 5 p.m. in winter) can help you explore this corner of Arizona. The large building—one of Arizona's first reinforced concrete structures—dates from 1907. It also houses a Route 66 museum, photo exhibits, and shops.
Find out about recreation areas and the backcountry near Kingman at the Powerhouse Visitor Center or the BLM Kingman Field Office (2475 Beverly Ave., Kingman, AZ 86401, 928/692-4400, www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html, Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).
The Mohave Co. District Library (north and east of I-40 Exit 51 at 3269 Burbank St., 928/692-2665, closed Sun.) offers an Arizona collection and Internet computers. Hastings Books (just south of I-40 Exit 51 at 3153 Stockton Hill Rd., 928/753-1012) has regional titles.
Wal-Mart (just north and east from I-40 Exit 51) sells sporting goods and other supplies. The main post office (1901 Johnson, 928/753-2480) is one block north on Stockton Hill Rd. from Andy Devine, though the downtown branch at 209 N. Fourth St. can be more convenient. Kingman Regional Medical Center (3269 Stockton Hill Rd., 928/757-2101) is just north of I-40 Exit 51.
Getting There And Around
Buses run by Greyhound (3264 E. Andy Devine, 928/757-8400) stop at the tiny station behind McDonald's just east of I-40 Exit 53. Amtrak (downtown at the corner of Fourth Street and Andy Devine, 800/872-7245) offers daily passenger train service west to Los Angeles and east to Flagstaff, Albuquerque, and beyond. America West Express (800/235-9292) flies to Phoenix via Prescott from the airport northeast of town off AZ 66; Hertz rents cars here. Kingman Area Regional Transit (928/681-7433) will take you around town.
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