Hosted Excursions

Arcosanti Tour

Wednesday, June 27, 9:00am-3:00pm

Maximum Attendance: 20

Cost: $85.00

In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. When complete, Arcosanti will house 5000 people, demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen our destructive impact on the earth. Its large, compact structures and large-scale solar greenhouses will occupy only 25 acres of a 4060 acre land preserve, keeping the natural countryside in close proximity to urban dwellers. The excursion includes an hour-long guided, a buffet lunch, and time for a stroll along the visitor's trail and visit to the gallery and gift shop.


Canaan in the Desert

Wednesday, June 27, 8:00-11:00am

Maximum Attendance: 20

Cost: $35.00

Join us for a trip to Canaan in the Desert. This beautiful, peaceful refuge is staffed by members of the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary. Touring the desert garden you will encounter relief sculptures depicting Jesus' suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection. Native plants, flowers and trees create a quiet sanctuary for reflecton, mediation or prayer. You will enjoy a refreshing drink from the Fountain of the Father's Goodness, visit the chapel and speak with some of the sisters who have devoted their lives to God's service.


Musical Instrument Museum

Wednesday, June 27, 1:00-4:30pm

Maximum Attendance: 20

Cost: $45.00

As librarians and readers, we know that books can take us on different journeys. The Musical Instrument Museum brings part of the journey to us. Through the five major geographical galleries, experience the musical instruments from approximately two hundred countries/territories. Popular musicians are highlighted in the artist gallery (i.e. Elvis Presley, Black Eyed Peas, Buck Owens). In the experience gallery, touch, play and hear exotic instruments. In honor of the state's centennial, visit the special exhibit highlighting Arizona's musical heritage.


Native Cultures and Plants of the Southwest

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00-11:00am

Maximum Attendance: 20

Cost: $75.00

This is a combined tour of the Desert Botanical Gardens and the Heard Museum - two of the most popular attractions in Phoenix.

"The Garden’s vision is to be the premier center in the world for the display, study and understanding of desert plants and their environments." (DBG) "The mission of the Heard Museum is to educate people about the arts, heritage and life ways of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes of the Southwest. " (Heard Museum)


Sedona Arizona Highlights

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00am-4:00pm

Maximum Attendance: 20

Cost: $100.00

From an air conditioned bus, travelers will enjoy scenic desert landscapes, of low and high desert vegetation (ocotillo, saguaro, prickly pear) and mountainous volcanic terrain and boulders. Your Local Host Arizona native will be your travel guide. Among interesting Sedona stops will be the Frank Lloyd Wright assisted red rock wonder "Chapel in the Rocks" & gift shop. Other stops will include panoramic views, Western Movie History, lunch at the Wildflower Bread Company, Art Galleries, Oak Creek Canyon and Native American Jewelry stands. Registration limited to 20.


Shuttle Service Friday Evening to Olds Scottsdale

Friday, June 29, 7:00-10:00pm

Cost: $20.00

Roundtrip transportation for a nominal charge will be provided to ATLA members to explore the Olds Scottsdale area of town.


Shuttle Service Thursday Evening to the Kierlands Mall Area

Thursday, June 28, 6:30-9:30pm

Cost: $20.00

Roundtrip transportation for a nominal charge will be provided to ATLA members to explore the Kierlands Shopping mall area in Scottsdale.


Visit to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Wednesday, June 27, 8:30-11:00am

Maximum Attendance: 20

Cost: $50.00

This excursion will include  a 90 minute tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's  personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Visitors will see the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, Seminar Theater and Wright’s private office–all linked by dramatic terraces, gardens, and walkways overlooking the rugged Sonoran Desert and Valley below. Also included in the tour will be the living quarters and the dramatic Taliesin West living room (called the “Garden Room” by Wright) where Wright entertained many famous guests.


Tour of the Huhugam Ki Museum and Huhugam Heritage Center - WRIG

Wednesday, June 27, 9:00am-2:00pm

Maximum Attendance: 20

Cost: $65.00

Please join us for a tour of two Native American museums in the Scottsdale, AZ area. We will go to the Huhugam Heritage Center in Chandler, AZ located within the Gila River Indian Community. See a description of the Center here: http://www.arizonaheritagetraveler.org/templates/content-view.php?nid=2&sid=250. We will also visit the Huhugam Ki Museum in Scottsdale AZ located within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. See a description of the Museum here: http://http://www.srpmic-nsn.gov/history_culture/museum.asp.