1391 W Thatcher Boulevard, Safford, AZ 85546-3304
Phone: 928/428-0521   |   Fax: 928/428-7653   |   66 Rooms   |   Online Reservations

Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Desert Inn!

Close to Thatcher, Arizona and to the famous Mt. Graham Observatory, our pet friendly Safford hotel is conveniently close to everything the region has to offer.

When a property is centrally located on the main highway, it’s easy for business travelers and vacationers alike to make the most of their stay. We’re known for the cleanliness of rooms and have many loyal, return guests. Hospitality is serious business here and when combined with an unbeatable location, you’ll enjoy the trip of a lifetime. Close to restaurants and minutes from Roper Lake State Park for outdoor recreation, our Safford hotel has everything you need to kick off a memorable trip.

Eastern Arizona College (EAC) is also nearby and we’re happy to host those here for an extended stay, either visiting students or teaching for a term. Slip away to the Natural Hot Springs, which is the perfect way to relax after a full day of studying, work or recreation. Safford, Arizona is a mecca for R&R with bird watching galore and days spent searching for rocks in the desert.

Our Safford property is a favorite for guests in the region for the Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold Mine, as well as those who have business at Ponderosa Aviation. Whether it’s flight training or a meeting with the US Forest Service, our property is designed to make you feel right at home. Local prisons, one federal and two state, also bring guests to the region for business or visits.

Enjoy luxurious bedding, the friendliest service in town and updated amenities when staying with us. Staff members are local ambassadors and are happy to share recommendations on dining, shopping and sightseeing.

Book a relaxing stay at the BEST WESTERN Desert Inn right now and get ready for a great trip!


Hotel Amenities & Services

  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary full breakfast, includes eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, assorted pastries, yogurt, breads, fruit, coffee and juice
  • Outdoor pool, ADA accessible
  • Fax services, 5 pages free, nominal fee after that
  • Express check in
  • Late check out
  • Ice/vending machines
  • Baggage hold
  • Safe deposit box
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Parking for the physically challenged
  • Free parking
  • Exterior corridor
  • Laundromat, 24 hours, nominal fee of $1.50 USD
  • Express check out by Email Folio
  • Free high-speed wireless Internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms
  • Business center
  • Printer available
  • Fax machine
  • Computer available
  • Photocopy machine
  • Dataports
  • Physically challenged services ADA approved pool lift
  • Outdoor parking
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events


Take advantage of the savings and fun with this special offer available at the best western desert inn in Safford.


Conveniently located, the best western desert inn in Safford, Arizona is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 32.834645  /  Latitude: -109.724355


Driving Directions to Hotel


From: The north. Take US 191 through Morenci to US 70 West to Safford. The BEST WESTERN Desert Inn is located one mile west on US 70 Highway at junction of US 191.

From: The south/Tucson. Take Interstate 10 East to US 191 North to Safford. The BEST WESTERN Desert Inn is located one mile west on US 70 Highway at junction of US 191.

From: The east/Lordsburg, NM. Take US 70 West to Stafford. The BEST WESTERN Desert Inn is located one mile west on US 70 Highway at junction of US 191.

From: The west/Phoenix. Take Freeway 60 east through Globe to US 70 East to Safford. The BEST WESTERN Desert Inn is located on US 70 Highway in Safford.


We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 4.00 mile(s) from Discovery Park
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Roper Lake
  • 32.00 mile(s) from Hot Well Dunes
  • 35.00 mile(s) from Mount Graham
  • 35.00 mile(s) from Bylas Indian Trading Post
  • 45.00 mile(s) from San Carlos Lake
  • 45.00 mile(s) from San Carlos Indian Reservation

Distances to Popular Points of Interest

  • 45.00 mile(s) from San Carlos
  • 46.00 mile(s) from Wilcox
  • 77.00 mile(s) from Globe
  • 80.00 mile(s) from Benson
  • 104 mile(s) from Tombstone
  • 113 mile(s) from Sierra Vista
  • 125 mile(s) from Tucson
  • 127 mile(s) from Bisbee
  • 178 mile(s) from Lordsburg, NM
  • 187 mile(s) from Nogales
  • 2.30 mile(s) from Eastern Arizona College

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • 8.00 mile(s) from Mt. Graham Golf Course
  • 10.00 mile(s) from fishing

Nearby Restaurants

  • 0.50 mile(s) from Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • 0.50 mile(s) from McDonald's
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Arby's
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Golden Corral
  • 1.00 mile(s) from McDonald's, Thatcher
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Subway
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Taco Bell
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Burger King
  • 2.00 mile(s) from El Cahro's, Mexican
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Branding Iron Steak House


Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest local area events happening in or near Safford. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.

Local Events Worth Considering:

April 2014

April 27, 2014
Bobby McFerrin

The "Don't Worry, Be Happy" hit maker pays a visit to Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. The music starts at 7 p.m.

April 27, 2014
Mount Lemmon Marathon/ Half Marathon and 10K This uphill course along General Hitchcock Scenic Byway is a very scenic marathon. Starting time is 6 a.m.
April 18-20, 2014
Easter Egg Hunt

Hunt for eggs through Reid Park Zoo, experience animal encounters, see the new lion cubs, and visit with the Easter Bunny. It starts at 8 a.m. each morning.

April 3 - June 8, 2014
Beach Blanket Bee-Bop Hit the "beach" at the Gaslight Theater in Tucson. Show times vary.

May 2014

May 24, 2014
Gipsy Kings in Concert Head on down to the Fox Tucson Theatre to watch this talented group. Doors open at 6:30
May 24-26, 2014
Wyatt Earp Days Celebrate the life of the famous lawman in Downtown Tombstone. Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 31, 2014
TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run/ Walk Join the running party throughout Downtown Tucson. It begins at the Children's Museum.
May 22-24, 2014
Arizona Banjo and Ukulele Blast Join the fun with workshops, jamming sessions, and fun music at the Omni Tucson National Resort. It all begins at 9 a.m.
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