Students will reside in an informal camp area at Elden Pueblo, the site of a large 12th and 13th 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 solar showers are also highly recommended. The field school will provide enclosed portable outdoor showers and portable toilets. Two large tents will serve as the kitchen and dining hall and laboratory and lecture hall, respectively. 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 and mountain bike trails extend from the campground onto Mt. Elden and the adjacent San Francisco Peaks area.
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. Meals will be provided for six days a week. Students will be responsible for their own meals on Sundays.
The field camp is located just outside of the Flagstaff city limits, less than 2 miles from the Flagstaff Mall and other shopping centers, gas stations, restaurants, and fast food facilities. A gas-powered generator will be available evenings to recharge staff and personal electronic devices, although by necessity, the former will have priority. Cell-phone coverage is excellent at the campsite.