Getting to the Garchen Buddhist Institute
Driving to the Institute
Driving 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.
Driving from Flagstaff
If you are driving from Flagstaff you will take I-40 west, then exit 146 for Ashfork/Prescott and State Route 89 south. You will stay on 89 south all the way to Chino Valley, where you will turn left onto Perkinsville Road, from a roundabout.
The closest landmark to Perkinsville Road is the Shell gas station and McDonalds, Chino Valley location. The round-a-bout is immediately after the Shell. Take the third exit off of the round-a-bout, Perkinsville Road. 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 absolutley, definitely, place you in an empty cow field immediately below the Institute and tell you that you have arrived, though the Institute is high up on the ridge above you. We have rescued many people from this cowfield! Please trust us, please turn off your GPS, and follow the simple driving instructions below!
You will stay on Perkinsville Road all the way to our entrance.
You will pass three landmarks before encountering the Garchen Buddhist Institute gate, all on the RIGHT SIDE of the road. They are:
- First, a Cemex cement factory
- Next, a sign that says Livestock Auctions
- 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”.
If you have not passed all three of the landmarks, you have not made it yet!
The entrance to the Garchen Institute has short stone pillars with vertical flags and a large turquoise sign with red lettering that says, “Garchen Buddhist Institute.”
*DO NOT SPEED ON PERKINSVILLE ROAD
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.
Flying to the Institute
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Most of our guests fly into PHX, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Please note that from PHX, you will need to take Groome Shuttle to Prescott (book to the shuttle main office on Montezuma). You’ll then need to arrange for a taxi to the Institute. See below for all the information you need to do this. The entire trip from PHX to the Institute will take about 3 hours.
Prescott Regional Airport (PRC)
30 minutes from the Garchen Institute, Prescott Regional Airport (PRC) now hosts United Airlines flights. Depending on the flight, the cost to fly to Prescott is equivalent to the cost to fly into Phoenix, when you also factor in the cost of the shuttle and the taxi. We have also found that booking two one-way tickets to/from Prescott is significantly less expensive than booking one round trip ticket. Google Flights often has the best rates. Book mindfully – some flights to Prescott Regional Airport have long layovers and take 23 hours!
Transportation to/from Phoenix Airport (PHX)
Transportation Service between Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Garchen Institute
A local long-time sangha member is available for rides. During regular hours, the flat rate is $200 per person (surcharge up to 3 people per ride.) Outside of regular hours, there is a 20% surcharge. Please call at least 2 days in advance for this service. If there is a delay, please call to keep him updated. Call (480) 720-6843.
Step 1 – Groome Shuttle
Groome Transportation provides shuttles between Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and 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.
Step 2 – Transportation Service between Prescott and Garchen Institute
You now need a ride to get to the Institute.
A local long-time sangha member is available for rides. During regular hours, the flat rate is $70 per person (surcharge up to 3 people per ride) to/from Groome Shuttle Main Office on Montezuma in Prescott. Outside of regular hours, there is a 20% surcharge. Please call at least 2 days in advance for this service. If there is a delay, please call to keep him updated. Call (480) 720-6843.
TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM PRESCOTT AIRPORT
Transportation Service between Prescott Airport and Garchen Institute
A local long-time sangha member is available for rides. During regular hours, the flat rate is $50 per person (surcharge up to 3 people per ride.) to/from Prescott Regional Airport (PRC). Outside of regular hours, there is a 20% surcharge. Please call at least 2 days in advance for this service. If there is a delay, please call to keep him updated. Call (480) 720-6843.
Rideshare to the Institute
The Garchen Institute is currently not administering rideshares.