Getting to the Garchen Buddhist Institute

The Garchen Buddhist Institute is open daily from 9:30am – 5:00pm; closed on Wednesdays. 
We are located 9.5 miles off of E. Perkinsville Road in Chino Valley, Az, 86323

Driving to the Institute

Driving to the Institute from Phoenix

If you are driving north up from Phoenix you will eventually take State Route 89 north into Chino Valley. The closest landmark to Perkinsville Road is the Safeway, Chino Valley location. Perkinsville Road is the first major round-a-bout you will get to. Bear right at the round-a-bout and once you hit Perkinsville set your odometer to 9.5 miles.

The 9.5 Mile Journey on Perkinsville Road – (by the way it’s beautiful)

The pavement will end and Perkinsville Rd. will become a dirt road. At this point, please DO NOT use your GPS. It will, most definitely, get you lost. You will pass three landmarks before encountering the Garchen Buddhist Institute gate. If you did not pass all three of the following landmarks you have not made it yet! These 3 Landmarks are all on the RIGHT SIDE of the road. They are:
  1. First, a Chemex cement factory
  2. Next, a sign that says Cattle Auctions
  3. Finally, you will see a Ranch with a red house, a windmill and a Large White sign with Red Lettering, which reads: “Danger: Cattle Crossing”.
We are about one minute past that ranch, on the right-hand side of the road. You can’t miss us: A large Turquoise sign with red lettering; short stone pillars with tall vertical prayer flags.
On the paved portion of Perkinsville Road, at all hours of the day or night and any day of the week you may encounter a police car hiding in wait for speeders.If you are going over 5+ miles over the speed limit you may be stopped and cited. If you are going over 20 miles an hour over the speed limit you may be cited for criminal speeding and the fine is around $400 dollars. The speed limit on the first half of Perkinsville Road is 30mph.

Taking the Shuttle to the Institute

Step 1–Groom Shuttle

Groome Transportation provides shuttles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Prescott, the nearest city.  To reserve a seat on the shuttle, call 800-888-2749 or 928-350-8466 or make a reservation OnLine. When you book your shuttle, be certain to choose the Prescott Main Office on Montezuma.

If you take the shuttle from Phoenix to Prescott, you will still need to arrange for transportation from Prescott to Garchen Institute in Chino Valley.  Options are getting a ride with another retreatant, or taking a taxi.

Step 2–Taxi Service from Prescott to Garchen Institute

  • First Class Taxi – $55 flat rate from Arizona Shuttle Main Office on Montezuma in Prescott. You must say ‘Garchen Institute Flat Rate’ upon reservation. This flat rate is per trip for up to two people. More than two people will increase the rate. Call (928) 772-3000

Rideshare to the Institute

Those who wish to ride share and carpool are suggested to use the site: and set up a listing under “Garchen Institute” This is not managed by GBI but given as an option for those wishing to co-ordinate their own efforts.