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Address: 13555 S Cross L Rd, Mayer, AZ 86333
Phone Number: +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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Not well maintained but very interesting concept about using our resources well...

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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343 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 14 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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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

It's an interesting place just off the Interstate 17; however, it's NOT a typical roadside attraction. Unless you are really into Soleri's arcology and have done some research of it, this place is not that interesting for everyone. The guided tour lasts about an hour and can be a bit dry. The infrastructure is interesting but looks dated. You will... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Enjoyed realizing what many articles and photos had described. The "Arcology" idea is great and put into to play at Arcosanti. Largely bohemian culture permeates the compex with an artisian vibe. Students, artists, and residents keep the wonderful property alive. Design is exciting and visable at every angle. The gift shop is really special with handcrafted bells starting at very... More 

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upstate NY
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316 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went to see today. Took the visitors trail which was a nice walk. Beautiful scenery. We didn't get there at the right time for a tour but I would recommend it. Would probably make the visit more interesting. Cafe offers buffet style food kind of "dorm-like" quality. Worth a visit.

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Steyr, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Always fun and thought-provoking to tour Arcosanti and shop their bells. An idea that was well-founded but needs to someday overcome the barriers thrown up at the community by the outside world. A must-go trip for the family to fill their minds with "what could be". Who needs to live in the ideal city? Artisians (and some form of business... More 

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