May 12, 2020

To our valued members and guests,

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Mary Shelley

I fully agree with Mary Shelley, and during this period of COVID-19 pandemic, all of us here at The Arboretum at Flagstaff have experienced the pain of change. However, to employ another quote by Alan Wilson Watts, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” So, that is what all of us here at The Arb are planning to do, beginning with a revised 2020 schedule of events.

I have reviewed research on protocols for proper hygiene and resource needs to make those protocols possible, pandemic status and scientific model predictions, and perhaps most importantly audience readiness to once again participate in large group events. Based on what I have learned I have decided to cancel some of our larger, more popular events and redesign others. Please click here to see the table for our revised 2020 schedule.

Beginning May 16th, The Arb will partially open to the public and their leashed canine friends, meaning visitors will be allowed to walk the trails and gardens and view the outdoor exhibits, but public buildings will remain closed. This includes the Visitor Center, Horticultural Center, Research Greenhouse, and public restrooms. Public restrooms will remain closed until further notice as we install some hygienic upgrades. Guidelines for visiting The Arb at this time will be posted on site.

Because The Arb only supports seasonal visitation, we rely on your membership purchases and generosity to help us get through the off-season months. This year will be no different. Please consider making a donation when you visit and view the website often for changes and announcements of new self-guide materials, lessons for young learners, and photo and video contests!

Stay strong and be well,

Kristin E. Haskins, Executive Director

4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86005
The Arboretum is located 4 miles south of Route 66 on scenic and rustic Woody Mountain Road.
The first mile of Woody Mountain Road is paved and the remaining 3 miles are unpaved Forest Service road, but suitable for all vehicles. The posted speed limit for the Forest Service Road is 25 mph.

It is best to travel Woody Mountain Road to visit The Arboretum. FS Road 532 is not maintained.

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The Arboretum at Flagstaff