Looking for a new place to visit? Ready to explore Arizona like you haven’t before? See for yourself why Arcosanti is a top tourist attraction in Arizona.
Arcosanti, an architectural site and Urban Laboratory, is located in Mayer, Arizona, just about an hour north of Phoenix. Beginning in 1970, Arcosanti continues to develop as an experiential learning center and walk-through demonstration of how to pursue efficient alternatives to urban sprawl.
Physically expressing the principle of Arcology (architecture + ecology), Arcosanti takes Arizona tourism to a higher level. Discover design, architecture, sustainability, and more during your visit.
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Residents are part of a 24/7 living experiment! The best way to understand is to see it for yourself and tour Arcosanti. During a tour, you will explore the grounds, get a detailed history of the project, and begin to understand the Ethos of our work here.
Visiting Arcosanti is an easy day-trip from the valley, getting out of the city and into the beautiful landscape that Arizona has to offer! A simple trip up I-17N will bring you to a top draw for Arizona tourism. On your way up north? A stop at Arcosanti along the way is a great way to take in the views of the Coconino National Forest, grab some food in the cafe, and learn about the philosophy behind the project.
Living in Arcology
Arcology suggests a complete reformulation of how we exist within our environments – a new urban paradigm geared towards cultural evolution, frugal resiliency, and balance with nature.
Blending community, learning, workshops, craftsmanship, and more, Arcosanti boasts being one of the top attractions of Arizona’s places to visit.
Arcosanti’s Wind Bells
Soleri, the founder of Arcosanti, started making bells long before building his most famous architectural work, Arcosanti, teaching and including others in his projects. Soleri trained other bellmakers and eventually made a bell-making business that he used to fund his architectural experiments.
During your tour, you can see first-hand how the bells are still made today by Arcosanti artisans and craftsmen. Want to take one home? Bells are available for purchase during your visit as well.
Come in any day of the week for an Arcosanti Site Tour or call ahead to schedule an architecture tour. We are always pleased to help plan a visit for your group. Please note that the tour will require climbing stairs and walking for nearly an hour.
DAILY TOUR: A CLOSER LOOK AT ARCOSANTI
See Arcosanti for yourself on one of our daily 1-hour guided tours. Walk the grounds and learn about the intent and history of the Project from a current resident.
Duration: 1 hour
Start times: 10 am · 11 am · 1 pm · 2 pm· 3 pm · 4 pm
Conducted by a member of our Planning Department and consists of the general tour plus a tour of the planning office, current construction, and a special session on design development with models and drawings.
Duration: 2 hours
Start times: Contact our Outreach Department to schedule