Cordes Junction

Cordes Lakes
Is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. The population was 2,058 at the 2000 census. Arcosanti is just north of Cordes Lakes, and Agua Fria National Monument is a few miles south on I-17. Cordes lakes has one man-made lake, as of 2010.
The goal of Arcosanti is to explore the concept of arcology, which combines architecture and ecology. The town aims to combine the social interaction and accessibility of an urban environment with sound environmental principles such as minimal resource use and access to the natural environment. To accomplish this, the project is building an experimental town on 25 acres (0.1 km2) of a 4,060 acre (16 km2) land preserve

Construction broke ground at the site in 1970, and continues at a varying pace through the present. The most recently completed building was finished in 2006. The population varies between 50 and 150 people, based on the number of students and volunteers on the site. Ultimately the town is intended to hold 5,000 people. Currently there are 13 major structures on the site, of at most several stories in height. The latest master plan, designed in 2001, envisions a massive complex, called Arcosanti 5000, that would dwarf the current buildings.

Existing structures at Arcosanti have a variety of different purposes to provide for the complete needs of the community. They include a five-story visitors' center/cafe/gift shop, a bronze-casting apse, a ceramics apse, two large barrel vaults, a ring of apartment residences and storefronts around an outdoor amphitheater, a community swimming pool, an office complex, and Soleri's suite. A two-bedroom "Sky Suite" occupies the highest point in the complex and is available for overnight guests. Most of the buildings have accessible roofs.

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

Agua Fria National Monument is located in the U.S. state of Arizona, approximately 40 miles (64 km) north of downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Created by Presidential proclamation on January 11, 2000, the 71,100 acre (288 km²) monument is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management already managed the lands; however, under monument status the level of protection and preservation of resources within the new monument have been enhanced.

The monument is a unit of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System. Over 450 distinct Native American structures have been recorded in the monument, some of large pueblos containing more than 100 rooms each. The enhanced protection status also provides greater habitat protection for the numerous plant and animal communities.

Situated between 2,150 feet (660 m) and 4,600 feet (1,400 m) in elevation, the monument is a blend of desert and semi-desert ecosystems. Reptiles and amphibians including the Leopard frog, the Garter snake, the Desert tortoise, can be seen in the monument. Mammals such as the Pronghorn, Mule deer, White-tail deer and Javelina are relatively common. The elk (wapiti), black bears and Mountain lions are also found in the monument, but are much less common. Native fish including the Longfin dace, the Gila mountain sucker, Speckled dace, and three endangered native fish including the Gila chub, Gila Topminnow, and desert pupfish exist in the 129-mile (208 km)-long Agua Fria River and its tributaries.

 Owned and Operated by the Cordes Family for over 125 years

Once a robust, hustling stage stop, used by weary travelers, cattlemen, miners, sheep and goat herders, Cordes remains much the same to give visitors a glimpse of days gone by. Much of what was, still is, although time has taken its toll on the buildings, fences, trails and equipment. The spirit of the people remain in a long line of generations that started in this place in 1883.

Now it is being brought back to life by the younger generation so people who have passed it by can now share in some of the memories. Much history is on display to share with you while you browse through antiques and memorabilia of days long ago. We invite you to come sit on the porch and feel the real spirit of generations that have gone on before.

 Cordes Station
HC34 Box 5020
Cordes Ranch
Mayer Arizona 86333 USA
Hours of operation:
Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm or by appointment
Email address:
 If you are coming from Phoenix take I-17 north, about 50 miles from Bell Rd., then exit on Bloody Basin Rd. (#259) Go west, on well maintained gravel road, 3 miles and you will be at Cordes Station.

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