Flagstaff, Arizona

Geocachers are explorers by nature so Flagstaff is a natural fit as outdoor adventure is intrinsic to the city. Perched on the Colorado Plateau of Northern Arizona at nearly 7,000 feet of elevation, Flagstaff is one of the highest elevation cities in the United States. Nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, which rise more than 5,600 feet above the city, Flagstaff is a destination for all seasons and all kinds of adventurers.

With a population of 76,989 (2021), Flagstaff fits with GeoWoodstock’s tradition of hosting in smaller communities. The city is a youthful, energetic and vibrant one, filled with university students and outdoor-minded people. While the number of residents is low, the number of hotel rooms (5,300+) and restaurants is high due to Flagstaff’s role as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Powell, Williams, Winslow, and more. There are eight national parks and monuments as well as seven state parks within a two-hour drive from Flagstaff.

A 14-mile stretch of historic Route 66 runs through the heart of Flagstaff. The history and culture of the Mother Road is evident throughout the city.


Flagstaff has more than 5,000 hotel rooms, a large supply of homestay rentals, multiple RV parks, and plenty of camping and boondocking. However, GeoWoodstock is on a holiday weekend and Flagstaff is a very popular destination, so it is recommended that you book early.

There are two places to stay within the same park as the GeoWoodstock XX venue, one has camping and RV sites and is open to the public and the other has camping, RV sites, and cabins but is restricted to those with Department of Defense credentials. They are:

There are 12 hotels within a 3.5 mi / 5.6 km drive of the GWXX venue, several of which are offering discounts to GeoWoodstock attendees:

GreenTree Inn Flagstaff, 3 mi / 4.8 km
15% discount by calling 928-773-1111 and using code LN3.

Sleep Inn Flagstaff, 3 mi / 4.8 km
No discount at this time.

Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff, 3.1 mi / 5 km
$209/night with complimentary Wi-Fi and parking.

Motel 6 Flagstaff West – Woodland Village, 3.1 mi / 5 km
They’ll leave a light on but no discount.

Days Inn by Wyndham Flagstaff I-40, 3.2 mi / 5.2 km
No discount.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Flagstaff, 3.2 mi / 5.2 km
$219/night with complimentary breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, and parking.

Hampton Inn & Suites Flagstaff, 3.3 mi / 5.3 km
No discount.

Comfort Inn I-17 & I-40, 3.4 mi / 5.5 km
Discount in progress.

Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff, 3.4 mi / 5.5 km
No discount.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Flagstaff, 3.4 mi / 5.5 km
Discount in progress.

Aiden by Best Western Flagstaff, 3.5 mi / 5.6 km
Discount available.

Baymont by Wyndham Flagstaff, 3.5 mi / 5.6 km
No discount at this time.

Americana Motor Lodge, 8.1 mi / 13 km
$179/night using group code geo0524

There are dozens of additional hotels further from the venue. Those offering discounts will be added below as they are received.

The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, 36.5 mi / 58.7 km
20% discount by calling 888-484-7245 and using code 2132920.

The Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in Williams, 36.7 mi / 59 km
20% discount by calling 888-484-7245 and using code 2132920.

Restrictions apply. Offers may be discontinued at any time.


Flagstaff can be accessed by planes, trains, and automobiles.


Flagstaff Pulliam Airport is a two-mile / 3.2 km, five-minute* drive to the site of GeoWoodstock XX. FLG is serviced by one airline, American, connecting to PHX and DFW.

Prescott Regional Airport is a 94 mi / 151 km, 90-minute* drive to the site of GeoWoodstock XX. PRC is serviced by one airline, United, connecting to LAX and DEN.

Phoenix Sky Harbor is the largest airport in Arizona and is a 148 mi / 238 km, 2.5-hour* drive to the site of GeoWoodstock XX. PHX is serviced by 28 airlines, both domestic and international.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is a 176 mi / 283 km, 2.75-hour* drive to the site of GeoWoodstock XX. AZA is serviced by Allegiant Air.

Las Vegas Harry Reid Airport is a 251 mi / 404 km, four-hour* drive to the site of GeoWoodstock XX. LAS is serviced by 35 airlines, both domestic and international.


Amtrak’s Southwest Chief connecting Chicago to Los Angeles stops in downtown Flagstaff twice each day.


Route 66 and Interstate 40 both run latitudinally through Flagstaff with Interstate 17 connecting Flagstaff to Interstate 10 in Phoenix to the south.

* Driving time is greatly impacted by the number of geocaches you stop for along the way. There’s always “Just. One. More.”


Late May in Northern Arizona is absolutely gorgeous. Blue skies, mild temperatures, slight breeze, no rain.

Over the past decade, the average high temperature on May 25 was 68.5ºF/20.3ºC and the average low was 36.1ºF/2.3ºC. It has only rained once on May 25 in the last 50 years and the measured amount was 0.03 in / 0.76 mm.

The sun will rise at 05:16 and set at 19:32 giving 14 hours and 16 minutes of daylight, plus another 58 minutes of civil twilight, making for a Mega-day of geocaching.

Odds are it’s going to be an amazing day.