Frank Lloyd Wright began building Taliesin West in 1937. The home and studio are located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The site is operated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and offers a wide range of guided public tours. Visitors to Taliesin West can experience for themselves Wright’s singular ability to seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Here are three ways you can experience Taliesin West for yourself.
Take the Two-Hour "Night Lights" Tour. The Sonoran Desert comes alive at night, and when the sun goes down, Taliesin West takes on a gently luminous and romantic quality, draped in the pink and blue shadows of the desert. The buildings, lit from within, take on the shape of sculptures when viewed from outdoors. There is also a fire-breathing dragon sculpture that is lit up in the evenings. This tour also features light refreshments. A night tour of Taliesin West offers a peaceful and enchanting way to experience Wright's famous desert masterpiece.
Watch Taliesin West take on an ethereal, luminous quality with a "Night Lights" tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's desert masterpiece. — Photo courtesy of Judith Bromley
The 90-Minute "Insights" Tour. This is the most popular tour at Taliesin West, guiding visitors through the living quarters of Wright's desert home. The highlight of this tour is getting a special peek into the dramatic living room, known as the "Garden Room" by Wright. The space features a long room (56-feet long and 34-feet wide) with low ceilings and stone walls, which then link to the garden and bedroom wing of the house via expansive windows. Visitors even get to sit in the Wright-designed furniture.
The 90-Minute "Desert Walk" Tour. If you're ready to do a little hiking with your sightseeing, this is the tour for you. Wander the beautiful desert grounds of Taliesin West on this guided tour, which leads you across the property's many desert trails. You'll learn about the native materials and landforms that were used to design Taliesin West. If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a javelina or desert tortoise.