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Address: 13555 S Cross L Rd, Mayer, AZ 86333
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+1 928-632-7135

Both a tourist destination and educational project, Arcosanti is dedicated...

Both a tourist destination and educational project, Arcosanti is dedicated to testing and demonstrating the concept of arcology, blending architecture and ecology to reduce human impact on the environment while also improving quality of life. Great for those interested in architecture, sustainability, design, or beautiful desert views. Open daily (closed major holidays); walking tours at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm; overnight accommodations by reservation; breakfast, lunch, & dinner served in the Arcosanti Cafe.

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Worthy of a Stop

We found this place on the way from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon. It is off the beaten path a bit, but well worth it. The architecture is very interesting. There is a gift shop... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
Ontario, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

My spouse and I really like the scenery and the concrete buildings everywhere are very cool. We stayed the night in one of their rooms. We liked the quiet, no tv, no frills. But don't bother eating there. The staff acts like you are stepping on their toes when we purchased dinner there. The food was less than desirable. It... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

If you're into a decaying failed futureistic vison of what a community should be Arco is a must for you. Started in 1970 not a single penny has been spent on upkeep IMO. The buildings have a unique oder, unlike anything I've ever smelled and I'm in no rush to ever repeat the experience. What was suppose to be a... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We found this place on the way from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon. It is off the beaten path a bit, but well worth it. The architecture is very interesting. There is a gift shop with many different wind chimes and other metal items. You can take a tour and hike a short trail. Breakfast is $5, lunch and dinner... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Our guide was informative, inviting, and kind, though watch out if you show up late for a tour. People live here, and they make it clear they don't want you just wandering around (partially for privacy, presumably, and partially for your safety). This place is a bit Darma Initiative, a bit BF Skinner, a touch of Coachella, and a good... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Paolo Soleri was way ahead of his time. A visit to Arcosanti just to see how he tried to start a city/community that uses our resources well...we could all learn something here. All the people we came in contact with who live here were very nice. We took the tour and ate in the main dining hall. The food was... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

You have to be really into arcology or Paolo Solery's work to find this visit worthy. The concept is interesting but the place has not been well maintained. The road to get there is not paved. Maybe if I have taken the tour my rating would have been different but nothing in the place inspired me to do so.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Stopped here the first day out of an extended road trip from Tucson to the Grand Canyon, and stayed the night. We arrived at 3pm (visited Taliesin West earlier in the day), just in time to catch the tour and then check in to our room. Our tour guide was an intern from Brazil, very sweet, and gave us the... More 

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

My 17 year old daughter and I stopped here on our way to Seligman and took the 1 hr tour. We were the only people on the tour, though there were lots of other tourists in the visitor center. Our tour guide was from Brazil and he was an architecture student who had come to do one of the 5... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Arcosanti is Soleri's most ambitious project and it's supposed to be the first Archology, a futuristic way to think & build high density car free cities. Your tour starts at the gallery (don't forget to buy some of the beautiful crafted gifts: the famous bells or ceramic & bronze tiles) and takes you to most of the property where artisans... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We arrived at Arcosanti from Sedona at 5pm, just in time to pick up our key to our room, do a bit of exploring around the community, and witness a beautiful sunset over the hills to the west. We got our dinner in the cafeteria/dining hall at 6pm, taking our meal outside to gaze at the unique structures of Arcosanti... More 

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