Experience firsthand this experiment in innovative design, community living and environmental accountability. Located in the high desert of central Arizona near Cordes Junction (65 miles north of Phoenix), Arcosanti is the brainchild of Paolo Soleri. The project has been ongoing for more than 40 years and has been built by more than 7,000 volunteers.
Once at Arcosanti, you may enjoy a walking tour of the project, a meal in the cafe (meat, vegan and vegetarian dishes are offered) and a visit to the gallery, where you can purchase a Soleri Windbell. The site also hosts a variety of special events, including concerts and performances. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 7 days per week. Arcosanti is closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park
Concentrating on the 20th and 21st centuries, the museum focuses on events that have shaped Arizona. Hands-on and multi-media exhibits explore World War II’s impact on Arizona, the rise
of desert cities, Arizona pop culture and sports, and the state’s geology as well as other topics.
Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and state holidays.
Cave Creek Museum
Located at the intersection of Basin and Skyline Drive off of Cave Creek Road, the museum offers a unique experience of the Old West and local history. Through several permanent exhibits, you can explore the historic First Church of Cave Creek, the last known Tubercular
Cabin in Arizona, and authentic remnants of the Golden Reef Mine. You can also experience history through reproductions of an Assayer's Office, a general store and a banker's office.
The museum is open October through May. Hours are 1 - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Friday. During the season, the museum is closed Monday, Tuesday and holidays.
To learn more before you go, read this helpful guide.
Deer Valley Rock Art Center
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the Deer Valley Rock Art Center is a 47-acre archeology museum and desert preserve. It protects and interprets the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site, made up by more than 1,500 symbols pecked into the black basalt boulders of Deer Valley. It is the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix area.
Guided tours for groups (minimum of six, maximum of 60 people) are offered daily October through April with a reservation at least two weeks in advance. An art activity and goodie bags are available for children's tours. Guided tours cost the same as general admission.
The Center is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (October - April), and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (May - September). Holiday closures are: November 27, 28 and 29; December 24, 25 and 26; and December 31 and January 1.