Located in the Minds Garden at Arcosanti, the campsites are on a desert mesa overlooking the Agua 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. Campsites also have a fair amount of privacy, but are located in the gardens which are frequ
Located in the Minds Garden at Arcosanti, the campsites are on a desert mesa overlooking the Agua 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. 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.
Note that this listing is for walk-in campsites only. For van, RV, trailer, or car-camping please check out our other listing: "Arcosanti (van/RV/car-camping)".
Arcosanti is the experimental urban city based on the pioneering arcology concepts of the late theoretical architect, Paolo Soleri (1919-2013). An arcology is a blend of "architecture" and "ecology" and aims to create a built environment with vertically dense, multi-use, integrated structures where people work and live, surrounded by unspoiled nature. Soleri's focus on progressive architecture that brought people closer to each other and closer to nature is prototyped in Arcosanti, constructed over 50 years by over 8,000 volunteers; it is current home to 80 year-round residents who continue to demonstrate a different way of living with little harm to the planet.
To get to know the site better and to learn more about Arcosanti, guests are welcome to take one of our daily guided tours ($20/person or $12/student), available Monday-Tuesday 9:30am and 11am, and Wednesday-Sunday at 9:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm. To guarantee a spot on the tour make a reservation through our website: Arcosanti.org > Visit > Guided Tours > Schedule Your Tour.
During your stay here you will have full access to all exterior public spaces on site, including our pool. You will also have access to the Visitor's Center which houses a cafe (open Thursday-Sunday from 9am-2pm) and a gallery/shop (open everyday from 9am-5pm). Guests are welcome to go hiking, participate in community events, and explore the beautiful architecture. You are only restricted from private areas such as resident amenities, residents' homes and production/construction areas.
Our window for check-ins is from 3pm-8pm. For arrivals outside of the check-in window please contact me before making a reservation to see if I, or another host, will be available to check you in.
*Please beware that on the warmer months of the year, in the high desert, we share the landscape with a handful of other creatures such as rabbits, deer, fox, scorpions, tarantulas, and rattle snakes. So don't forget to bring a flashlight to make sure you don't disturb them when walking around at night.*
For any more information or questions feel free to reach out. Looking forward to hosting you!
- 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 6 hours
- Response rate: 90%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
We have an Olympic size pool overlooking the high desert landscape!
Natural features you'll find at Arcosanti in Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
Highly recommend 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I camp all the time and this place was freaking amazing!!! Super private spot nestled amongst olive trees. You can hear owls and crickets at night. Gorgeous sunsets, incredibly helpful people, and a rich history or ecology and architecture. If you like alternative, off the grid living, this is the place for you. Pete was kind, knowledgeable, and generous with his time answering all of our questions. Five stars. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Lovely camping spot near a great view of the mesa. Being able to wander around Arcosanti's amazing architecture at night was a great perk. Access to bathroom, showers, and kitchen was nice as well.
Welcoming, interesting, cheap
I had a great stay at Arcosanti. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. It was easy to hang out and get to know the place. The only slight issue was a bit of confusion about whether I was included in the overnight meal - my host said there was no food but then a meal was served and it seemed I could have eaten it. Instead I drove down the road and picked up a Mcdonalds. Also there is a gym and pool I wasn't told about - but i wasn't there for those things anyway. Overall really enjoyed my stay - would recommend it.
Pete was a friendly host who showed me all around the fascinating place of Arcosanti! I was happy to have access to the shower and common area, and the campsite was minimal but perfect. Thanks!