Students will reside in an informal camp area at Elden Pueblo, the site of a large 12th century Sinagua ruin, on lands administered by the Coconino National Forest. Students should bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and air mattresses. Personal camp chairs and sun showers are also recommended. The field school will provide enclosed portable outdoor showers and portable toilets. A large tent will serve as the kitchen, dining hall, laboratory, and lecture hall. Facilities of the adjacent Flagstaff Ranger District offices will be available on an as-needed basis. The campground is located in the cool Ponderosa pine forest at approximately 7,000 feet above sea level, so a period of adjustment to the altitude may be necessary. Numerous hiking trails extend from the campground onto Mt. Elden and the adjacent San Francisco Peaks.
All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious food. Specialized diets (vegetarian, lactose-intolerant, etc.) can be supported, but staff must be notified in advance.