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Travel, Lodging, and Weather


We have reserved a block of 75 rooms at the Radisson Woodlands Hotel in Flagstaff for the nights of June 18-22, leaving on the 23rd. If you want to come earlier, or stay later, they will match the room rate on a space available basis. The room rate is $109/night plus tax (11.458%). You can upgrade to a suite for a rate of $129/night. To make a reservation on line, go to the web site Radisson. You can also call either 1-928-773-8888 (the hotel itself) or 1-800-333-3333 (the central reservation system). You must specify that you are part of the "Lowell Observatory" group. Check in time is 4 pm and checkout time is 12:00 pm. Reservations need to be canceled by 4 pm on the day of your arrival, or you will be charged for one night's stay. The hotel's address is 1175 West Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Reservations must be made by May 28 to be part of the Lowell Observatory group.

We will run shuttle service from this hotel to Lowell and back. Participants staying at other hotels will need to take care of their own transportion.

Information about other local hotels and Northern Arizona's tourist attractions may be found at the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce.

Particpants looking for a roommate:

Air travel:

The greatest flexibility is available by flying to Phoenix, renting a car there, and driving 2.5 hours to Flagstaff. If you need to stay overnight in Phoenix, here is a page of airport hotels. Flying to Flagstaff itself is also possible. 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). Don't be surprised, though, if you have to call for a taxi once you arrive in FLG. If you want a rental car in Flagstaff, we strongly advise you to make advance reservations at the Flagstaff airport. Upon leaving the airport, take I-17 north into town.

Driving Directions, Phoenix to Flagstaff:

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.

Particpants looking for a ride between Phoenix and Flagstaff:

Shuttle Service, Phoenix to Flagstaff:

The following 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).

Directions to Lowell Observatory:

From I-17, you'll enter Flagstaff going north on the main artery, Milton Road. Continue north on Milton (towards the mountains), favoring the left lane. Just after you go under the railroad overpass, get in the left turn lane and make a sharp left onto Santa Fe Avenue, westbound. Santa Fe transforms into Mars Hill Road, bearing right at the foot of the hill (there is a sign for Lowell Observatory).

Park in the main parking lot in front of the Steele Visitor Center. The meeting and reception will take place in the Visitor Center.


Weather in Flagstaff (elevation 7000 ft/ 2100 m) in June is usually sunny, warm, and dry. Average daytime high and night-time low temperatures for mid-June are around 78 F (25.6 C) and 41 F (5 C), respectively. We will be in a heated but open tent for dinners, so a warm jacket for the evenings is recommended.


Please note that Lowell Observatory has a No Smoking policy everywhere on Mars Hill. Thank you for your cooperation.


Here is an OLD restaurant guide put together for meetings long past. We have removed restaurants that are no longer in business, but have not updated it with "new" establishments: Restaurant Guide.

Local Attractions

Here is an incomplete guide to local attractions. Above all, you MUST see the Grand Canyon: Attractions.

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