Frequently Asked Questions for Traveling to the Sonoran Desert in July
Prepared by Melissa Dickman, Arizona State University School of Film, Dance and Theatre Student Affairs Coordinator and Activist
What’s the weather like?
Please be aware that summers in Phoenix are an intense experience. Take plenty of precautions to ensure your health while visiting during the monsoon season:
- Average highs during July are 106 degrees (84 degrees night time low) – however it is not unusual to see temperatures between 110-120 degrees.
- Wear light, loose layers. Cover your skin as much as possible when outdoors (think desert bohemian chic: cotton and linen are your new best friends). Carry a big hat or an umbrella. But also be aware that the hotel and many buildings will have very cold AC so you will need a sweater.
- Drink lots of water. Your goal should be to not even get thirsty. Even if indoors all day – Phoenix’s low humidity rates mean your body is evaporating water faster than in other locations.
- Recommended Reading: ADHS Heat Brochure, How I survive scorching Phoenix summers
Driving in the Valley?
- Monsoon season brings high winds, haboobs (dust storms), and rainstorms. Or nothing at all.
- Try not to drive during a haboob or rainstorm. Both create decreased visibility. Rain on our roadways mixes with oil from the cars and creates slick conditions. (Also, Phoenicians tend to freak out a little when driving in the rain, best not to be on the road with them!) If you drive into standing or running water be aware of Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist Law.”
- During “rush hour” (7-9 a.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m.), it’s often faster to take surface streets than the freeway. Many main roads are 6-8 lanes and 45 m.p.h.
I’m on a budget. What can I do to save on accommodations?
ATHE has arranged a particularly good deal with the conference hotel. If you are willing to share a room with 2 or 3 people the cost per night will be $50-60 -- which is better than any other hotel in the area. June 30 is the reservation cut-off date, so don’t miss out on these reasonable room rates. Scroll over Conference and down to Hotel and click for reservation information.
Costs for hotel room sharing are:
Single/Double: $119 + 14.92% tax = $136.75 (less than $70 per person per night)
Triple: $149 + 14.92% tax = $171.23 ($57 per person per night)
Quadruple: $179 +14.92 % tax = $205.71 (about $50 per person per night)
What about food?
We are working with the hotel to make lower-priced sandwiches available at the café.
Additionally, the following food and beverages are part of your registration:
- Hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket for ATHE Opening Reception, Thursday, 7:15 - 9 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall
- Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar at Friday evening performance at South Pool, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
- Coffee and breakfast breads on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings in Exhibit Hall
- Lunchtime snacks on Friday and Saturday in the Exhibit Hall
- Smoothies at ATHE Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, 10 - 11:45 a.m.
- Cash bar and light snacks at Banned Play Readings, Saturday, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Please see this map for:
- Grocery, Pharmacy and Shopping near conference
- Restaurants near conference
- ASU / Tempe
- Public Transit from airport to near conference
How can I get from the airport to the hotel?
- Super Shuttle: $25 for a shared van from Airport to Conference Hotel
- Taxi from Airport: approximately $57 (with 15% tip) - There is an approved taxi stand at the airport.
- Valley Metro Public Transit: $4 for all day pass
- To get from the airport to the hotel: Take the FREE SkyTram from the Airport to the 44th Street and Washington LightRail station. Purchase a $4 all day pass (be sure to validate) and take the lightrail heading EAST to the Veterans Way/College Ave stop. There, transfer to bus Route 72 (North) and exit at Princess Dr. This trip will take about 90 minutes. (Also, be sure to check your travel times with the Valley Metro Trip Planner – buses usually stop service between 9-10pm on weeknights. Also, you’ll need to enter the hotel address as: Scottsdale Rd and Princess Dr)
- Tip: If planning to use public transit, purchase more 1 day passes at airport. Purchasing a 1 day pass on the bus in Scottsdale will cost $6 vs. $4 at the airport!
What is there to do in Phoenix?
SO MANY THINGS! While hiking and outdoor activities are difficult during our “reverse winter” there are some amazing places to visit. Head down town for a mural tour in the Roosevelt Arts District, take your kids to the Phoenix Children’s Museum or Science Museum (also great fun for the kid at heart) or stop into the Phoenix Art Museum or Heard Museum.
Please see this map for:
- Art District
What should I NOT plan to do while in Phoenix?
Hiking, running, or physical exertion of any kind is not recommended during daylight hours outside. If you feel the need to be outdoors and exerting yourself physically, you should plan to do so only between sundown and sunrise.
Thanks to Melissa Dickman, ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre Student Affairs Coordinator and Activist,
for preparing this list!