Welcome to Arcosanti

The World’s First Prototype Arcology

PLEASE NOTE: Arcosanti will be partially closed to the public on Saturday, June 25 (gallery open, but no tours, and no café service) as we host our alumni reunion. Please plan your visit accordingly. Thank you for understanding!

Founded in 1970, Arcosanti is a project of The Cosanti Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a reimagined urbanism that builds resilient and equitable communities sustainably integrated with the natural world. At Arcosanti, we pursue this mission through experimentation and application of the principles of arcology, a combination of the words architecture and ecology that offers an alternative to urban sprawl.

Located in the heart of central Arizona, Arcosanti is only an hour’s drive from Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott, and Sedona—an easy day trip or a convenient stopping point on any road trip. You can visit us in person almost every day of the year, enjoying guided tours, hiking trails, and a café where you can enjoy breakfast and lunch much of the week. We also invite you to explore our website, follow us on social media, and sign up for our newsletter to learn more.

Arcosanti is open to the public year-round except on New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 

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Experience a Place Like None Other

Every year, tens of thousands of people visit Arcosanti in person, and you could be one of them. When you step onto our mesa, you are entering an ongoing experiment in architecture, ecology, art, and community that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

With daily public tours (and specialty architectural, archives, and sustainability tours), live demonstrations in our bronze foundry and ceramics apse, a gift shop and gallery, overnight guest rooms, hiking trails, workshops, a Spring Speaker Series, and more, a trip to Arcosanti is an experience not to be missed.

Tours and guest rooms fill fast, so reservations are strongly recommended.

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There’s Always Music in the Air

Cosanti Originals bronze and ceramic windbells are as much a part of our arcology as the architecture itself.

These world-famous chimes have been handmade at Arcosanti (and our sister site, Cosanti) by resident artisans from nearly the beginning, distilling our rich tradition of earth-cast and silt-cast structures into something that fits in the palm of your hand. Because the designs on every bell are hand-carved, each bell is a unique work of art.

Explore the bells in the gallery and gift shop in our Visitors Center seven days a week to find a favorite bell for yourself, and a perfect gift for any occasion. Weekday visitors to Arcosanti can also see the bells being made live in our bronze foundry and ceramics apse as part of our daily tours.

Plus, every bell purchased helps to support Arcosanti, Cosanti, and the mission of our parent nonprofit, The Cosanti Foundation.

Explore Our Bells

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