Getting to Flagstaff
Air and Ground Travel
The most convenient travel option is to fly directly to Flagstaff's Pulliam Airport (FLG), which now enjoys 100% jet service. The commuter flight from Phoenix to Flagstaff on US Airways is highly recommended for those who enjoy looking out the windows of airplanes (sit on the 'A' seat side of the aircraft). Upon arrival at FLG, you will need to either rent a car or arrange for taxi service to get from the airport to your hotel in Flagstaff (downtown Flagstaff is approx. 6 miles / 15-minute drive from FLG). If you rent a car, it is strongly advised that you make advance reservations. Upon leaving the airport, take I-17 north into town (I-17 turns into Milton Ave).
Some increased travel flexibility is available by flying to Phoenix, renting a car there, and then driving the 2 hours to Flagstaff (see "Driving Directions, Phoenix to Flagstaff" below). If you need to stay overnight in Phoenix, here is a page of airport hotels.
Like many western towns, Flagstaff's historic downtown and neighboring streets are pedestrian friendly and easily accessible by walking. However, for those venturing across town or further, a rental car can be useful. However, keep in mind that if you stay at the conference hotel, the Drury Inn & Suites, or other nearby properties, the High Country Conference Center is immediately next door, with plenty of evening dining options within 1km - you can probably forgo booking a rental car in this case.
Driving Directions, Phoenix to Flagstaff
If you opt to fly into Phoenix and rent a car, you will enjoy a beautiful 2-hour drive, with the rental cost probably roughly equal to the airfare savings. Depart the Phoenix airport and head west. Follow signs for I-17 North from the airport (I-10 West will also take you to I-17). Simply stay on I-17 for about 150 miles until you reach Flagstaff. The drive takes you through a variety of ecosystems beginning with concrete/asphalt, moving through creosote/saguaro, then pinyon/juniper, and ending in ponderosa pine. Suggestion (if you have some extra time for the drive): take the Route 179 turnoff of I-17 to the Red Rock country of Sedona, and feel those energy vortices.
PHX-FLG Ground Shuttle
Arizona Shuttle offers a shuttle service between the Phoenix airport and Flagstaff. It costs $38 one way if you make your reservation on-line. The shuttle will drop you at the Amtrak train station downtown. You can take a taxi from there, or there is limited rental car availability with a desk in the train station (Hertz).
Hotels & Attractions
The Drury Inn & Suites is quite conveniently located adjacent to the High Country Conference Center and is within walking distance of a number of restaurants for dining options as well as historic downtown Flagstaff and Lowell Observatory.
Weather in Flagstaff (elevation 7000 ft/ 2100 m) in June is usually sunny and typically quite enjoyable. Evenings can still get chilly, so a light jacket or sweater is recommended. Average day-time high and night-time low temperatures for mid-June are around 80 F (26 C) and 42 F (5 C), respectively. June is the beginning of summer, but prior to the seasonal "monsoon" rains that come to Flagstaff in July and August. Average precipitation is 0.36 inches (0.9 cm). Remember that Flagstaff is a "high altitude" city so to help acclimate yourself, be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid over-exertion the first couple days.