Tours, Overnights, Café, & Hikes

Explore and Learn About Arcosanti

Daily tours of the unique architecture and grounds at Arcosanti, led by a knowledgeable resident tour guide, are held multiple times every day of the year except for major holidays.

Visitors to Arcosanti, the world’s first prototype arcology consciously integrating architecture and ecology into its design, will learn about the rich 50-year history of the project and understand why Arcosanti continues to influence young architects, urban planners, and designers from around the world.

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Daily Tour

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Our in-depth guided tour begins with a brief history of Arcosanti from its beginning in 1970 to today. Included on the daily tour are the iconic silt-cast and form-cast concrete structures, interior and exterior spaces, the bronze foundry, and the ceramics studio. Additionally, tour guides will share the origins and history of Arcosanti, why it is where it is, the community of environmentally-conscious residents that occupy it, and what Arcosanti continues to teach us about sustainable architecture.

Arcosanti is open daily for tours except New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Due to COVID-19, tours are currently limited to a maximum of 10 people. All visitors are required to wear a mask in the Visitor’s Center, Gallery, Cafe, and other indoor spaces.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday @ 9:30 am | 11:00 am

Thursday & Friday @ 9:30 am | 11:00 am | 12:30 pm | 2:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday @ 9:30 am | 11:00 am | 12:30 pm | 3:30 pm

Duration: 60-90 minutes

Tour Prices: 

  • $20/General
  • $12/Students with ID
  • Children 12 and under free

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K-12 School Tour

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Throughout the academic year, Arcosanti welcomes student groups in grades K-12 to experience the project first-hand through a brief tour of its architecture and grounds and thoughtfully planned activities. Enhanced with pre- and post-tour classroom materials developed by master educators, this tour experience geared toward students enriches academics through connections to STEAM areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Start times: Contact us to schedule your school tour.

Tour Fee: $12/per student, teacher, and chaperone

For more information, contact Tours@arcosanti.org

Architectural Tour

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This behind-the-scenes Architectural Tour is led by Tomiaki Tamura, Arcosanti resident, a long-term architectural assistant to Paolo Soleri, having first-hand experience in planning and building the distinctive architecture of Arcosanti. From an expansive explanation of how the same earth-casting technique used to make Ceramic Windbells influenced the unique way the buildings at Arcosanti were constructed, to an innovative spatial arrangement focusing on passive heating and cooling via creating microclimates, effective daylighting and acoustics. The tour also shares a basic understanding of Arcology, an urban development concept, evident in Arcosanti’s mixed-use spaces.

*Maximum of 10 participants

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is not ADA-accessible. The Architectural Tour explores grounds and structures at Arcosanti with narrow pathways, steps, uneven walkways, and other structural and natural features that may be challenging to guests with mobility concerns. If you have mobility concerns, we recommend booking the Daily or Archives Tours instead.

Duration: Architectural Tours begin at 10:15 AM and last for approximately 90 minutes, ending by noon.

Upcoming Dates: January 15th, January 29th, February 12th, February 26th, March 12th, March 26th

Tour Fee: $30

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Archives Tour

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Led by the Director of the Archives, the Archives Tour is an insightful exploration into the art and ideas of the Arcosanti’s founding architect Paolo Soleri. Focusing on models, sketches, photographs, and journals from those who built Arcosanti over its 50 years, this enriching tour provides a look into the past as well as the future. Through virtual reality technology, many original Soleri sketches are “brought to life” and give participants on this tour amazing access to the creative brilliance of groundbreaking and complex arcology concepts that predicted a radical reimagining of what cities of today could have become.

*Maximum of 6 participants

Duration: 1.5 hours

Start times: Email tours@arcosanti.org to schedule an Archives Tour

Tour Fee: $30

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Sustainability Tour

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At Arcosanti, sustainable technology solutions combine elements of design and creativity in the use of available resources to achieve inventive urban design solutions. During this in-depth tour of Arcosanti’s sustainable systems, participants will learn about construction techniques, mechanical system efficiencies, and natural resource utilization developed for this unique urban prototype. Led by Scott Riley, who has participated in the design, installation, and operation of solar-powered pumping stations, gravity-fed irrigation systems, a technologically-sophisticated grey water system, and an efficient hydronic heating system, participants on this tour will gain a greater understanding of the smart operating systems that make Arcosanti run.

*Maximum of 10 participants

Duration: 1.5 hours

Start times: Email tours@arcosanti.org to schedule a Sustainability Tour

Tour Fee: $30

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Day visitors must be part of a guided tour in order to explore the grounds and architecture of Arcosanti.

The Visitor’s Center, Café, Gallery & Gift Shop, and restrooms are accessible to day visitors who do not wish to take the guided tour.

Those visitors taking the guided tour will be asked to sign a Release Form prior to their tour.

For more information, contact Tours@arcosanti.org

Overnight Stay

Stay Overnight at Arcosanti

Arcosanti is a place for serenity and solitude, as well as culture and conviviality. Overnight guests get a first-hand immersive experience of life inside the arcology. As an overnight guest, you can enjoy a simple-but-elegant guestroom with beautiful canyon views, where architecture and nature work together.

Unlike day visitors, as an overnight guest, you will have the freedom to explore Arcosanti on your own, taking in our unique architecture and ecology, including our iconic Vaults, Colly Garden, Amphitheater, Music Center, Minds Garden, Swimming Pool, Hiking Trails, Sky Theater (on a clear moonless night, the Milky Way galaxy is easily visible to naked eye), and the 860+ acres of surrounding open nature on our property.

Public wifi is available throughout Arcosanti.

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Arcosanti Guests

We recommend all overnight guests take our one-hour guided tour (ideally upon arrival), in order to familiarize themselves with Arcosanti’s grounds and learn about the history of this unique place.

Please be advised: Arcosanti uses passive heating and cooling systems, supplemented with space heaters and fans. Air conditioners are available in some, but not all, guestrooms. Each room is unique in its offerings of features and amenities.

Overnight accommodations are available for individuals and groups. Reservations are required. All overnight guests will be asked to sign this Release Form upon check-in.

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Greenhouse Guest Rooms

Situated just below the main site, our canyon-side Greenhouse Guest Rooms at Arcosanti are beautiful, quiet, minimalistic spaces. As an overnight guest, you will enjoy gorgeous views from your front door and shared patio, proximity to our swimming pool, and a distinctive handmade and hand-painted silt-cast design on your ceiling.

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Camping

Camping is currently unavailable .

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Reserve a Suite on Airbnb

Stay in the heart of Arcosanti in one of our two Airbnb suites. While the Greenhouse Guest Rooms and Campsites are on the edges of Arcosanti’s grounds, the Suites are integrated into the main site, providing an even-more-immersive Arcosanti experience.

Visit each of the listings on Airbnb to see images, customer reviews, and amenities, and learn about the distinctive features of each room.

The Café at Arcosanti

Cafe Atmosphere

With breathtaking views of the Valletta Canyon to the south, spectacular sunsets to the west, and our own distinctive architecture, art, and windbells, the Café at Arcosanti is an open and welcoming space for visitors and community alike. Here, you can sit and rest, contemplate your surroundings, take in the occasional indoor concert, lecture, and performance, enjoy our complimentary wifi, and, of course, take part in many a meal. The design of the café space incorporates abundant natural lighting, passive solar heating and cooling, enormous picture windows, and multiple balconies.

Note that the café kitchen is currently closed. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in our Café atrium and Visitor’s Center balconies.

Cafe Partnership Opportunities

The Café is pursuing partnerships with local food purveyors to establish Arcosanti as a destination for creative cuisine between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The Café is also actively seeking donations of commercial equipment and supplies to update and upgrade production capacity.

For more information, please email cafe@arcosanti.org or call (928) 632-7135.

Hiking in Nature

Experience the Natural Surroundings

At Arcosanti, nature is at the doorstep and is connected to the structures, bringing a diversity of habitats, animals, and plants together. The high desert plains Arcosanti is built upon are in a transition zone between the Sonoran desert to the south and the Colorado Plateau to the north. An abundance of species are found here; in addition to snakes, skunks, scorpions, spiders, coyotes, and centipedes, you’ll also see mule deer and lynx make their home on the surrounding semi-desert grasslands, while bald eagles and red-tailed hawks are often spotted soaring the skies.

The Agua Fria River flows through the 860 acres of land in the canyon below Arcosanti, providing the rare and crucial riparian habitat that over 85% of Arizona vertebrates are dependent upon. Even the non-native and non-invasive Mediterranean olive and cypress trees provide food and shelter for the over 200 species of birds that have been observed and recorded at Arcosanti.

Hiking Trails

Arcosanti is connected to nature so you need only walk out the door and you are in the natural high desert environment. The views on the hiking trails can be breathtaking at any time of day, from sunrise to sunset, from overlooking the Agua Fria River canyon to viewing Arcosanti from afar, perched on its Sonoran Desert mesa. The established hiking trails at Arcosanti are easy to access, well-maintained, and have only a mild to moderate incline so as to be accessible by most walking visitors. However all visitors are advised to hike at their own risk, ensure their own adequate hydration, be aware of natural obstacles and wildlife and use common sense when hiking these or any rugged Southwest trails.

For the safety of all our visitors and guests, Day Visitors are permitted only on the Visitor’s Trail while Overnight Guests may have access to the Valletta Loop, Mind’s Garden, and Tomiaki Trails.

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