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Arcosanti, AZ

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Distance One Way 1.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,738 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 200 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.92
Interest Ruins & Historic
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Richinbar Pueblo and Mine Ruins
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Sun  7:33am - 5:46pm
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Arcosanti is an experimental town that began construction in 1970 in central Arizona, 65 miles north of Phoenix. Architect Paolo Soleri, using a concept he calls arcology (a fusion of architecture and ecology), started the town to demonstrate how urban conditions could be improved while minimizing the destructive impact on the earth.

In 1976, Newsweek declared: "As urban architecture, Arcosanti is probably the most important experiment undertaken in our lifetime." "Undertaken" being the key word -- then and now. Completion has legendarily eluded Arcosanti. Built in stages and chronically underfinanced, the place exists in a permanent state of half-doneness. What was once the future of intelligently designed communities has morphed into something less optimistic: a stalled revolution in urban planning or a moldering relic of impractical idealism, depending on whom you ask. Often enough it's referred to as Mr. Soleri's "desert utopia," and as with all utopias, reality doesn't always match the blueprints.

General tours of Arcosanti are offered seven days a week, starting at 10 am, followed by 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. ( please note that there is no tour at noon ). The general tour lasts approximately one hour and provides a quick but comprehensive introduction to the history and design philosophy of the Arcosanti project, and a walking tour through much of the site. The suggested donation for this guided tours is $10.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Arcosanti is located 65 miles north of Phoenix, just off I-17, exit 262 Cordes Junction).
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