The HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center is operated by the HDHM High Desert Heritage Museum, a 501[c][3] ‘Not for Profit’ Corporation. The Cosanti Foundation / Arcosanti provides co-sponsorship and significant operation support for the HDVIC.

A formal application has been submitted to the AZ Office of Tourism and the AZ Dept. of Transportation for the HDVIC to be recognized as an official AZ VIC Arizona Visitor Information Center. Blue “AZ Tourist Information” directional sign will eventually be installed on I 17 and SR69 as well as the Traffic Interchange. Hours of operation are from 9 am to 3 pm daily.

[photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Cliff Hersted]

The facility houses the museum office, its archive and research library, a gift shop and art gallery, a snack shop, and a Visitor Information reception area. Brochures and Maps from all over AZ are available. The HDVIC is ADA compliant.

Cliff Hersted, manager of the new HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center and an employee of the Cosanti Foundation sits at the conference table in the visitors reception area. Also seated are Annie Wales, Museum Secretary [on the left], and Lucy Corder, Museum President [center].

The conference table was donated by the Dewey-Humboldt Museum. Cliff Hersted produced the historical posters hanging on the wall.

On May 31. 2014 the High Desert Visitor Information Center held an ‘Open House’. About 150 people visited the celebration. Free hotdogs and cookies were served. HDHM – High Desert Heritage Museum board members were on hand to show people around and explain the operation.

The “Hilltop Gang” band provided entertainment outside for the Open House celebration.

Arcosanti subleases a 13 foot wall in the HDVIC to help encourage visitors to experience Arcosanti: to take a tour, have lunch, visit the gallery at Arcosanti, buy a bell and literature, and to stay overnight. A small selection of bronze and ceramic bells are displayed and are for sale at the HDVIC.

Arcosanti artists Steven Bochinski, Conrad Mcanany, Cliff Hersted and Arcosanti alumnus Larry Meagher display their work in the HDVIC Art Gallery. Other local artists also display jewelry, sculpture and painting.

A variety of historic thematic maps have been donated to the museum for diplay. The general population in the area has been very supportive of the new museum and visitors center.

Museum secretary Annie Wales, historian and author, stands by the growing research library of the museum. Cliff Hersted, museum treasurer, loaned most of his personal anthropological library collection to the museum.

Many of the books present scholarly articles on the archeology of the Agua Fria National Monument and Arizona in general.

Cliff Hersted, HDVIC Manager, explains that to become a State recognized Visitors Information Center, brochures from each of the [5] tourism regions need to be available to visitors. The 5 regions are designated “Northern AZ, AZ West Coast, Southern AZ, North Central AZ [where Yavapai County is located] and Phoenix and Central AZ.

The oak display rack was donated by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce Visitors Information Center. Volunteers call the various tourist venues to request brochures for the new HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center.

This is a terrific new resource, please stop by any time.

Hours of operation are from 9 am to 3 pm daily.

The HDVIC is located right next to the new Dollar Store, across the street from the Chevron Station at Cordes Junction.

 

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