Photo © Tovrea Castle
Tovrea Castle in Phoenix, Arizona resembles a modern-day castle; four floors, each smaller than the one below and with a domed roof on top. Crenellations above the windows on each of the first three floors, create the unmistakable impression of a castle in the desert – not a medieval one perhaps – but a castle nevertheless.
The historic property was built over 90 years ago and is now a well-known tourist attraction with regular (and extremely popular) tours of the castle.
From the Tovrea Castle website:
“Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights is a “Jewel in the Desert” that has intrigued people in the Valley of the Sun for 90 years and is a Phoenix Point of Pride, an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project and on the National Register of Historic Places.
Why would anyone build a Castle in the middle of the desert in the late 1920’s and why is it still here today?
To answer this, just look at the unique cast of characters who were inspired by the property beginning in 1907. The “Castle” continues to spark the curiosity of passersby, due to its unique location – now in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area – visible to all, yet secluded by the forty-four acres of preserved desert surrounding the structure.
Owned by the City of Phoenix and Operated by Tovrea Carraro Society, the primary attraction of the site is the Castle; a four-story, 5,000 square foot architectural wonder perched atop the highest point of the granite-rich property. Groomed cactus gardens and undisturbed natural Sonoran Desert flora cascade from the Castle, providing scenic backdrops and viewing opportunities throughout the established trail system.
Opened to the public in 2012, Tovrea Carraro Society invites you to tour the Castle and Cactus Gardens with our devoted team of volunteers – tickets must be reserved in advance of your tour. While you are visiting, pick up a few mementos in “Treasures at the Castle” Gift Shop located onsite in the Visitor Center.
All tours are Docent-led, with Guests exploring the Cactus Gardens and Outbuildings by tram before arriving at the Castle Main Floor and Basement. The site is not available to explore without being on a tour. All tours are a ‘go’ whether rain or shine, heat or cold.
Tours sell out months in advance, with few to no cancellations; walk-up ticket availability is very rare. The property is not available to Visitors except by tour and may not be seen without a guide”.
Please Read notes above regarding requirement to book tour tickets.
The Visitor Center
5025 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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