"Oh, we have to build here, this is pure abstraction wherever you look."
— Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.
DAY & EVENING GUIDED TOURS
The site offers a broad range of public tours everyday, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, from 9 am to 4pm.
Tours range from one to three hours long.
You now have the ability to book all tours in advance of your visit through our ticketing company, Zerve. Booking in advance is highly recommended as tours can sell out. Check availability and buy tickets for a public tour of Taliesin West:
Or to purchase by phone, call Zerve at (888) 516-0811. Check our updated tour calendar for tour schedule and availability.
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. Please see Information for Guests Needing Special Assistance at Taliesin West on this page for more details on accessibility at Taliesin West.
SPECIAL GROUP TOURS
Tours will be custom-designed for prearranged groups of 15 or more. Group rates are available. Please contact Group Tour and Marketing Manager Evan Lowry for details at (602) 800-5413 or email@example.com.
spaces tour options SEPTEMBER 2014-MAY 2015
90-Minute INSIGHTS tour (Our MOST POPULAR)
Offered daily | Leaves hourly 9am-4pm (every half hour November-April)
Cost: $32 advance purchase*, $36 when purchased on site
You’ll be drawn closer into Frank Lloyd Wright’s world with special trips into the Wrights’ living quarters and the gracious Taliesin West “Garden Room” on our most popular tour. Our signature tour includes all the locations on our 1-hour Panorama Tour plus a more in-depth experience of the entire site.
1-HOUR PANORAMA TOUR
Offered daily | Leaves 10:15am & 2:15pm
Cost: $24 advance purchase*, $28 when purchased on site
Frank Lloyd Wright’s talent for creatively linking indoor and outdoor spaces is on display in this engaging one-hour tour. Visits to the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, and Wright’s private office highlight the dramatic beauty of Taliesin West’s terraces, gardens, and walkways.
2-Hour NIGHT LIGHTS Tour
September and May: Fridays at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30pm | October, February, March and April: Fridays at 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00pm | December 26, 27, 29 and 30: Tours at 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30pm
Cost: $35 advance purchase*, $40 when purchased on site
The romance of Taliesin West comes to life during this special evening tour. Taliesin West’s fire-breathing dragon makes a guest appearance while Wright’s desert masterpiece glows warmly like a jewel spotlighted by the bright Arizona moon. (This tour is not intended for children under the age of 13.) Reservations required.
3-HOUR BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR
Offered Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, plus November 26 and December 24 | Leaves 9:15 am.
Cost: $70 advance purchase*, $75 when purchased on site
This is “the tour” for serious architectural enthusiasts. A highlight of this tour is a stop in the colorful Taliesin Fellowship Dining Room where you’ll be treated to mid-morning tea. Visit all the spots on the Insights Tour plus another unique desert site. (This tour is not intended for children under the age of 13.) Reservations required.
COMBO TOUR OPTION NOVEMBER 2014-APRIL 2015
Appropriate footwear for desert walking is required for this special combo tour. No children under 12 on this tour. Reservations requested, but not required.
3-HOUR DESERT/INSIGHTS TOUR
Offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays from November - April (Weather permitting) | Leaves 9:00am
Cost: $52 advance purchase*, $56 when purchased on site
This combination tour offers all the experiences of our Insights Tour (our most popular) and Desert Walk (see desciption below) rolled into one complete package.
DESERT TOUR OPTIONS NOVEMBER 2014-APRIL 2015
Desert Tours require appropriate footwear. No children under 12 on these tours. Reservations requested, but not required.
2-HOUR DESERT "SHELTER" TOUR
Offered Saturdays from mid-November-April (Weather permitting) | Leaves 1:15pm
Cost: $40 advance purchase*, $45 when purchased on site
Students in the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture lead dynamic desert tours of their student shelter housing which have been called, "the coolest dorms in the world." Tour guests will learn about the innovative shelter program at Taliesin West, a tradition that has existed since Frank Lloyd Wright first slept under the stars in a simple canvas shelter on the grounds that would become Taliesin West.
90-minute DESERT WALK
Offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays from November-April (Weather permitting) | Leaves 11:00am
$32 advance purchase*, $36 when purchased on site
Explore the rugged desert trails and stunning vistas surrounding Taliesin West. On this guided nature walk you will see first hand the desert vegetation and land forms that were translated into design elements by Frank Lloyd Wright.
* A ticket processing fee will be added at time of purchase. Please check out our full tour calendar for an overview of our entire schedule.
Members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation receive such "thank you" benefits as a 10% discount in Anneliese's Bookstore and online at www.franklloydwright.com; a one year subscription to the acclaimed Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly magazine that provides in depth stories about Wright's body of work, stories about the meaningful work of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, a national calendar of Wright-related events, and a comprehensive listing of public Wright Sites around the world; and insider access experiences and reciprocal visitation benefits to other Wright sites around the country. Click here for more information on supporting the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation through Membership today.
How to Find Taliesin West
Taliesin West is located at the intersection of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. and Cactus Road, in Northeast Scottsdale, Arizona. For GPS directions use 12345 N. Taliesin Drive, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258.
Parking is free. We highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance as tours do sell out. Tickets for public tours of Taliesin West can be purchased in advance here. Tickets can also be purchased in the bookstore on the day of the tour if there is still space available.
Information for Guests needing Special Assistance at Taliesin West
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such it was neither designed nor built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathway for our tours includes gravel walkways, uneven steps, and stairs. Narrow, steep-sloped ramps over steps are available for guests to use at their own discretion throughout the tour.
All Taliesin West tours are walking tours and guests with special requests and needs should contact the tour department at 480-627-5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org prior to their visit.
Buildings at Taliesin West are terraced into the landscape, resulting in gravel walkways, steps and uneven surfaces. Ramps are available on the property and visitors are welcome to use them at their own discretion. Ramps are 28in. in width with slopes ranging from 21 to 27 degrees.
Walkers are permitted in all venues. Guests who wish to use walkers are advised that Taliesin West has steps, gravel walkways, and uneven surfaces.
Hearing impaired guests may request an interpretive guide that highlights all the aspects of the tours offered at Taliesin West. Hearing impaired guests who wish to bring a sign language interpreter on the tour may do so, and that interpreter will not be charged admission.
Certified service dogs and white canes are permitted on all tours. If a visually impaired guest wishes to bring someone to assist them on the tour the person providing assistance is not charged admission.
Guests with special needs who are interested in visiting us but choose not to take the walking tour may request an interpretive guide of Taliesin West while on site.
Scottsdale, Arizona, 1937
Frank Lloyd Wright called this the “Garden Room.” It opens to a garden on the east and to the horizon on the south. On one side, the walls are desert masonry. On the garden side they are a combination of masonry piers, wood, and glass. The Garden Room is a highlight of our Insights, Behind the Scenes, and Night Lights Tours.