Desert Walk

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

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  • On the 3 hour combo tour, we'll take you on our most popular tour through the house & show you the desert scenery that inspired Wright!

  • Discover some of the beautiful desert trails surrounding Taliesin West & gain insight into Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture.

  • Experience Wright's architectural genius on this 3-hour behind the scenes tour which includes guest speakers and even mid-morning tea.

  • Discover Wright’s ability to integrate indoor & outdoor spaces such as the Cabaret Theater and Wright's office.

  • Wright's creation at night takes on a luminous, jewel-like quality and the structures, lit from within, form a truly dramatic setting.

  • Experience what it was like to be a guest in Wright's famous home on our signature tour which includes the Taliesin West Garden Room.

  • We also schedule private tours of Wright's Taliesin West with an architect or personal tour guide for individuals or small groups.

  • Special tours for large groups can be arranged for guests looking to experience both the interior and exterior areas of Taliesin West.

The Desert Walk of Taliesin West only runs from November through April, so please check back soon for next season's schedule.

You may view a calendar of other activities from TaliesinWest.
Or for more information, please contact TaliesinWest.
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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, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours where visitors can experience Wright’s brilliance.

Our 90-Minute guided “Desert Walk” provides guests with a guided tour of the beautiful desert trails surrounding Taliesin West and offers stunning views of the surrounding vistas. This guided nature walk guests will see first hand the desert vegetation and land forms that inspired design elements by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Desert Walk is great to combine with one of our other tours to get the full experience of Taliesin West.  We recommend taking this tour along with the Insights Tour.  A discount is available if book the two tours on the same day...Check out the Combo tour at the left for more information.

Explore the beauty of the desert and discover how it has become a part of Taliesin West.

Meeting Location

Taliesin Drive (Scottsdale, AZ) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
60 Reviews Rating: 3.8 3.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 2
Should Not Be a Tour Guide
Thu, Mar 24  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
After being wowed by our Insights Tour Guide, we were excited to go on the desert tour walk with high expectations of being led by an equally skilled guide. Needless to say, we were very disappointed. What could have been an equally amazing experience turned out to be a subpar walk in the desert. We did learn quite a bit of information about the flora and some of the shelters; however, the guide's demeanor was less than charming, and her knowledge was limited. She was unable to answer several of the questions asked by the group and in a few instances gave misinformation. She seemed to be a nice lady who just was not in the right job to interact with the public.
Rating: 5
Full moon above desert illuminations
Tue, Mar 22  11:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Lifetime experience. Visual overload. Rapture memory.
Rating: 4
Design with nature
Tue, Feb 16  11:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The walk provides interesting insights into the local geology and environment that helps one understand why Wright selected the site and how and why his designs took shape.
Rating: 4
Enjoyed but would have enjoyed a bit more info
Tue, Jan 12  11:00 AM Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
This was our third walk...each spaced years apart. Our first was the most informative. In addition to info on the wonderful desert plants, Jay told us stories about the Apaches living in the desert and about the desert floor etc.

But I still would take others to to experience this walk again!!!
Rating: 5
Desert is alive
Tue, Apr 14, 15  11:00 AM Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Knowledgeable tour guide. Well paced. A great experience.
Rating: 4
Informed desert tour could connect Teliesin goals
Sat, Apr 4, 15  11:00 AM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
The young man who gave the Desert Walk tour was knowledgeable and thorough in conveying aspects of the desert flora and to some degree the fauna to the group, some of whom had preceded the walk directly with the Insights Tour, given by the same guide. I had done the Insights tour a few days prior and so with that and some previous knowledge of Frank Lloyd Wright's scope of life's work, was able to draw some connective lines myself, to the reasons the desert site founded in Teliesin West was of such significance. The tour was worthwhile and informative, yet could have been stronger had their been some discussion as to how the holistic creative process plays out between this particular desert site and the outcomes both aesthetic and philosophical, and how this has shifted ( or intentionally remained the same) since Teliesin's inception in the 1930's. Only so much can be conveyed in a 90 minute tour understandably, so I would recommend this tour, and offer my thoughts as potential suggestions for expansion only.
Rating: 5
wonderful desert walk
Thu, Apr 2, 15  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Great introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright and his connection to the desert surrounding Taliesin West. We joined a group that had already toured the home (we were touring after the walk with a different guide) but the walk information was very well separated from the home tour and we didn't feel that we had missed anything. Nice level of detail about the plant and animal life in the desert as well as interesting stories about FL Wright and the architectural school students and their connection to this land.
Rating: 5
A great experience into designs of a genus
Tue, Mar 24, 15  11:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
This is the second time visiting Taliesin West , both times our tours were excellent. First time we did the "Insights Tour " and the last one was "The Desert Walk Tour " . Your tour guides are first rate in explaining to your visitors the genus behind Mr. Wright's ideas and designs. For me the land on which Taliesin is built , is pure magic , the color in the rocks , soil , and the color of the native plants,with the architecture complimenting the surroundings. I'am a retired carpenter with a degree in printmaking , So for me , Taliesin is a visual religious experience. We will be back again on our next visit to Scottsdale! D.
Rating: 5
Loved the desert in bloom!
Sat, Mar 21, 15  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
It was a special treat to see many of the cacti in bloom. Last time (in January) I scheduled this tour, I was rained out. It was definitely worth coming back.
Rating: 3
Somewhat interesting
Thu, Mar 19, 15  11:00 AM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I would have liked more focus on Frank Lloyd Wright. It was interesting about the landscape, but not necessarily worth $32 in my opinion.
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Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is highly recommended, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
Unfortunately, children under the age of 12 are not allowed on this tour. If you have young children we recommend you click on the "Calendar of Other Activities" link to the left and check out one of our other tours that might be more appropriate for kids.
What about bad weather?
The majority of this tour takes place outside and will run in light or moderate weather, but may be cancelled in the case of severe weather. You will be notified if the tour is cancelled and will be allowed to reschedule your tickets or receive credit for a future event.
How much walking will we do and what is the terrain like?
We generally walk approximately 1.25 miles along dirt paths through the desert on this tour. This can include some uneven and rocky ground with cacti along the path so appropriate footwear is required for this tour.
How do I receive the Desert Walk combo discount?
A combo discount is offered if you take the Desert Walk and the Insights Tour on the same day. These discounted tickets are available through the "Insights Tour & Desert Walk Combo Tour" activity. For more information about this tour, click on the link to the left.
Can we explore Taliesin West on our own or do we need to take a tour?
All tours of Taliesin West are guided and guests are not allowed to explore on their own. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge but guests must have tour tickets to view the remainder of the property.
Is Taliesin West handicap accessible?
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. This tour in particular is not handicap accessible due to the dirt paths with uneven and rocky ground that we walk on.
Do you allow photography?
Guests are welcome to take photos for their personal use. There are a few areas where we do not allow photography, but your tour guide will alert you to these areas during the tour. If you are looking to use photos in a professional capacity, please contact us prior to purchasing your tickets by clicking on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to make arrangements.
Is Taliesin West open all year round?
Yes, we operate tours throughout the entire year. However, the Desert Walk does not run all year round and only runs from November through April. Please be sure to check our "Calendar of Other Activities" for the exact tour schedule on the day you plan to visit.
Do you have a gift shop?
Yes, Anneliese's Bookstore is located next to the main parking lot and stocks the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® products and books. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge and its regular hours of operation are 8:30am to 6:00pm October - May, 8:30am - 4pm June - August and 8:30am - 5pm in September.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and we require wearing shoes appropriate for walking on desert trails. We recommend closed-toe shoes with a sturdy sole. Guests wearing flip-flops or sandals will not be allowed to participate. Since the tour does take place outside, we also recommend bringing a bottle of water and an umbrella. While we have a limited number of umbrellas available for guests, they can come in handy both on rainy and sunny days in the desert.
Are food and drinks available for purchase?
Food is not available for purchase. We do not recommend bringing outside food or drink on your tour, unless you'd like to bring a bottle of water, therefore we suggest grabbing something to eat either before or after your tour.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is a free parking lot for all guests.
Are pets allowed to come?
No, other than certified service dogs, pets are not permitted.
What about guests with special needs?
Guests with special needs who are interested in visiting us but choose not to take the walking tour may request an Interpretive Guide and view a video on the history of Taliesin West while on site. Visually and hearing impaired guests who wish to bring someone to provide assistance on the tour such as a sign language interpreter may do so and the person providing assistance will not be charged admission.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Do you allow private parties or events?
Spacious Taliesin West is well suited for hosting exclusive corporate receptions and dinners. Groups ranging in size from 20 to 120 have experienced memorable evenings at Taliesin West using the many indoor and outdoor spaces. For more information about setting up a private event, please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to get in touch with our staff.
Do you offer large group tours?
Yes, group tours are available and tours can be custom designed for prearranged groups of 15 or more. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss.
Can we do a private tour?
With advance notice (seven day notice preferred), individuals with very small groups may schedule a tour by an architect or personal guide. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss pricing and reservations.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

Children under 12 are not permitted on this tour.
Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on this tour. Please consider another tour option if you will be attending with young children.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is proud to present, Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous home and architectural laboratory, which offers guests the unique, immersive experience of a powerful and extremely personal National Historic Landmark.

Just minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. In 1937, Wright and his apprentices built an architectural wonder out of the stone and sand that surrounded them in the Sonoran desert on the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Many of those apprentices (“the Fellowship”) who worked and lived alongside Mr. Wright still live at Taliesin West, as do the current students and faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture -- making Taliesin West an ongoing, vibrant community.

The Taliesin West experience is both immersive and powerful. Guests are fully welcomed into every room and space—nothing on the tour is behind ropes or under glass. The tours, which include such attractions as the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, Garden Room, Desert Shelters, and Mr. Wright’s living quarters and private office, are filled with surprise, majestic views, and intimate interior details. Each tour inspires visitors with the innovative principles, beautiful creations, technological experiments, and unparalleled body of work of Frank Lloyd Wright. As a result, guests find the Taliesin West tour experience delightfully engaging and deeply relevant. While photos and descriptions may give you a hint of what’s in store, there is no substitute for experiencing it first-hand.

Come to Taliesin West and be inspired.
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