Is your group looking for conference facilities that provide access to the Grand Canyon? Northern Arizona; clean, crisp mountain air, Ponderosa pines, the casual feel of a small college town, very different from the pace and environment of Phoenix or Tucson, just a couple hours to the south. NAU's duBois Conference Center is open all year long for meetings, and offers overnight lodgings during the summer months, for conferences with an educational mission.
Though it's a small town campus, there's nothing at all small about the capacity. NAU can host up to fifteen thousand people in one theatre-style hall, as many as 500 in a classroom-style room, and sleeps 3400 overnight guests. Their conference facilities boast a total of 30 meeting and event rooms, all told, making it the largest conference center in the Grand Canyon area!
Technologically speaking, Flagstaff, Arizona holds its own rather nicely. There's broadband in the meeting rooms, video conferencing, satellite downlink, phone services, and a complete line of AV presentation equipment including VPU projectors. They even have professional techs available for support and to operate the equipment, as may be needed for your event!
The food and beverage staff can provide coffee service, box lunches, snacks, reception catering, and banquet services. If you like, you and your guests can enjoy the same quality all-you-can-eat cafeteria-style dining that the NAU students and faculty enjoy. The food is tasty either way, and the staff always eager to please.
Outside of the official business, there's plenty to do in Flagstaff. The Grand Canyon, one of the seven Wonders of the World, is just an hour and a half away. Anyone who thinks one can't ski or snowboard in Arizona has never been to the Arizona Snowbowl (just seven miles north of Flagstaff) or Sunrise Park Resort in the White Mountains. Downhill winter sports are definitely on the winter list of things to do. Snowbowl is also open in the summer months for hiking, wildlife photography, and the scenic Skyride that ascends to 11,500 feet level of the mountain. Of course, there's always the pleasure of simply taking a stroll about. Being a college town, the local area has much to offer in the way of restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.
Flagstaff may seem a bit off the beaten path, but it's still very easy to get there. One can fly in to Flagstaff's Pulliam Airport, of course. Those taking commercial flights into Phoenix will find ample shuttle options on up to Flagstaff. Or just drive. Flagstaff is right on I-40, a main highway that spans the nation.
If you're planning a retreat, a seminar, a weekend getaway, reception, sales meeting, awards banquet — most any cause or occasion, and you like the proximity to all that Arizona and the Grand Canyon has to offer, consider Flagstaff. You won't be disappointed, and your guests will remember the event fondly for a very long time.
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