Located in the Minds Garden at Arcosanti, the campsite is on a desert mesa overlooking the Aqua Fria River. This is a semi-landscaped area with italian cypress and olive trees, you will also find plenty of prickly pear cacti, mesquite trees, and other native vegetation in the area. Each campsite is located to the west of an olive tree which will provide shade in the early mo
Located in the Minds Garden at Arcosanti, the campsite is on a desert mesa overlooking the Aqua Fria River. This is a semi-landscaped area with italian cypress and olive trees, you will also find plenty of prickly pear cacti, mesquite trees, and other native vegetation in the area. Each campsite is located to the west of an olive tree which will provide shade in the early mornings protecting your tent from the early morning sun. Campsites also have a fair amount of privacy, but are located in the gardens which are frequented by residents and guests throughout the day. The gardens are also watered on a daily basis, so campers may get a visit from our landscaping crew in the early mornings to give those italian cypress and olive trees plenty to drink.
Arcosanti is an urban design experiment started in 1970 by Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri with the intent to integrate Architecture and Ecology as a way to seek equitable and sustainable relationships between human activities and the Earth's ecology. To get to know the site better and to learn more about Arcosanti, guests are welcome to take one of our daily guided tours, available every hour on the hour from 10-4, excluding noon. Weekday morning tours are recommended as they will showcase our foundry casting molten bronze into the world-famous Cosanti windbells.
During your stay here you will have full access to all public spaces on site. Guests are welcome to go hiking, take a dip in the cliffside pool, participate in community events, and explore the beautiful architecture. You are only restricted from private areas such as residents' homes and construction areas.
Check out https://arcosanti.org/visit/events/ for our Event calendar. Special events usually require an additional ticket purchased through the website or gallery onsite. Ask your host for details if there is a scheduled event during your stay.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Arcosanti in Arizona.
River, stream or creek
The Augua Fria River runs through site, this is a dry riverbed throughout most of the year, great for hiking, but watch out for...Read more
The vibe at Arcosanti
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Much more than just a campsite!
Pete was super friendly and able to answer all of our questions in person and via Hipcamp messaging. The campsite was magnificent, nestled between a bunch of cypress and olive trees. You get beautiful views of the canyon within walking distance. We camped in October and it wasn’t too cold at night reaching about a low of 50° F. The sun will get your tent pretty hot in the the early morning ( 8am ish ) , but it’s nice to wake up early, do some yoga and start the day.
We were able to use the community spaces including basic kitchen with stove top, microwave, etc. There is also a very clean public restroom at the top of their amphitheater.
Pro Tip: Be sure to look at Arcosanti’s website for any events happening. We were lucky enough to view a show of “River and Stars” produced by the Human Nature Dance Theater.
I was truly inspired staying at Arcosanti. I recommend staying at least two nights to take it all in. The camping ground was stunning and the structures and landscape of the “town” are one of a kind: pulp sci fi utopia meets groovy artists commune. The residents were friendly and welcoming.
I didn’t get a chance to do the Visitor’s trail hike or walk in the sculpture garden, and the café was closed for renovations at the time of my visit, however I did the tour and it was wonderful. The guide, Dany, was so knowledgeable about the theory and history of the site and the bronze pour we witnessed was very impressive.
This place is not to be missed, especially if you are interested in architecture, passive solar and sustainable design, urban planning, ceramics, sculpture, art- any type of artist or musician would be energized by this space. The amphitheater and “vaults” were jaw dropping (and highly instagrammable if you’re into that).
I’m beyond grateful to Pete and the whole team for having me! I will absolutely be back.
Great arcosanti hip camp experience
First time trying out Hipcamp and visiting Arcosanti! The campsite was very peaceful, on the edge of the Mind garden cliffs with a beautiful view of the mountains. Highly recommend!
Great camping in arcosanti
Arcosanti is so cool! The camping spot was good and flat, dry, and opened up to a beautiful view of the Agua Fria River. There was also this neat sculpture that had a seating area from which we could watch the sun rise. Highly recommend.
Staying at Arcosanti has been a serene, grounding, inspiring, welcoming experience. The grounds are gorgeous, playful, and fascinating. And the people on site have been so warm and open. When I want privacy, I can go take it, and when I want to roam through the space, friendly faces are all around. The amenities all met or far exceeded my expectations. The water is delicious, the wifi is fast, and the views are epic. I'll definitely be back.
Experiencing Arcosanti for the first time is like exploring the ruins of an alien civilization. Camping on the outside of the activity community of residents and artists only intensifies the other-worldliness of the experience. It’s incredible. It’s worth it. And I’ve never been around anything like it.