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Verde Canyon Railroad Schedule 2024

The Verde Canyon Railroad is a scenic gem in the heart of Arizona. It invites you on a captivating journey that combines the natural beauty of the Verde River, luxury, and historic charm. Since its inception, this railroad has offered an intimate view of Arizona’s untouched landscapes, making it an Arizona bucket list must-do for those seeking a unique and memorable adventure.

The Journey

The Train Depot

Set off on a memorable train ride from the lively depot, a gateway to excitement and discovery for passengers eager for adventure. This depot is not just a starting point; it’s a destination in itself, housing the charming Boxcar Gift Store, the delightful Copper Spike Cafe, and the fascinating John Bell Museum. These attractions provide a perfect blend of shopping, dining, and historical exploration, enhancing the overall experience.

John Bell Museum Interior - Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr
John Bell Museum Interior – Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr

The Verde Canyon Railroad Ride

The four-hour journey aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad traces a historic route from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back. This journey is a window to the soul of the wilderness! As the train glides along the rail, guests can indulge in the tranquility of nature and the thrill of catching glimpses of local wildlife.

Verde Canyon Railroad Schedule 2024 – Non-Event Train Rides

Throughout the year, these train rides offer a serene exploration of the Verde Canyon’s majestic scenery, with luxury coaches and open-air cars for panoramic views. The train departs from the Clarkdale depot at 1pm on select dates.

In addition to the regular train rides, The Verde Canyon Railroad offers incredible Special Event train rides. These unique experiences range from the popular Grape Train Express and Ales on Rails to the beloved The Magical Christmas Journey™, just to name a few! You can even ride the train under the glow of the moon!

So, if Arizona is on your travel list this year, don’t miss the chance to experience Arizona’s other “Grand Canyon” for an unforgettable adventure!

For more details on the “non-event” train rides, visit here.

Continue reading to learn more about the Special Events train rides, you’ll want to do them all!

Verde Canyon Railroad Special Event Train Rides Schedule 2024

Chocolate Lovers Special Train Schedule – February

The Chocolate Lovers Special offers a sweet journey for those seeking a romantic escape. This special ride is perfect for couples looking to indulge in both scenic beauty and decadent chocolates.

February 10, 11, and 14, 2024

Details can be found here.

Valentine's Day Train Rides Chocolate Lovers Special - Verde Canyon Railroad - Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr
Chocolate Lovers Special – Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr

Easter Bunny Express Schedule – March

The Easter Bunny Express is a family-friendly adventure where kids can enjoy Easter festivities before journeying through the scenic canyon.

Easter Bunny Express - Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr
Get a hug from the Easter Bunny! Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr

The 2024 Easter Bunny Express takes place on Saturday, March 30th, 2024. Don’t wait and book this adventure now!

For more information, visit here.

Verde Canyon Railroad Morning Rides – May to September

Enjoy the freshness of Arizona mornings with special morning rides. These rides provide a unique opportunity to see the canyon bask in the early sunlight. Train departures are on select Tuesdays and Saturdays from May to September at 10:30 am. In addition, there are select Saturday morning rides that depart at 11:00 am during December.

Tuesday Morning Train Rides 2024

June 11, 25
July 9, 23
August 13, 27

Saturday Morning Train Rides 2024

May 11, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14
December 7, 14, 21 (departs at 11:00 am)

Please see the latest schedule here.

Uncorked Winefest Schedule – May

The Uncorked Wine Festival is an exciting event that combines a unique wine tasting and lunch on the patio two hours before the Verde Canyon Railroad’s 1:00pm train departs. After the wine tasting, passengers will enjoy a scenic train ride through the Verde Canyon’s red rocks with first-class service.

Uncorked Wine Festival Clarkdale - Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr
Uncorked Wine Festival Clarkdale – Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr

Dates and details can be found here.

Grape Train Escape – May to September

Step aboard the Grape Train Escape for a journey through the breathtaking canyon as you savor award-winning wine and experience a dazzling display of light and color. Choose between Starlight and Moonlight options for a romantic and mesmerizing ride.

The 2024 Grape Train Escape takes place on select Saturday evenings from May through September:

May 11 & 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
July 6, 13, 20 & 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
September 7 & 14

Learn more here.

Ales on Rails Schedule – September and October

As autumn approaches and the air turns crisp, the Verde Canyon Railroad invites you to partake in this one-of-a-kind journey that promises scenic vistas, delectable beers, and the cheerful spirit of Oktoberfest.

Clarkdale Oktoberfest Ales on Rails - Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr

The 2024 Ales on Rails begins Tuesday, September 17th, and runs through Monday, October 31st.

More details are available here.

Fright Nights Schedule – September and October

Are you brave enough to walk through the Haunted House railcar display and face your worst phobias? Then Fright Nights at the Verde Canyon Railroad Depot will not disappoint! This spooky adventure is not a train ride, but rather a stationary display and parental discretion is advised.

Fright Nights 2024 takes place on Friday and Saturday nights from September 27th to October 31st.

Find out more here.

Magical Christmas Journey – November and December

End the year with the Magical Christmas Journey. This festive ride is perfect for families looking to celebrate the holiday season in a truly unique setting.

Train Rides with Santa AZ - Magical Christmas Journey - Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr
The Magical Christmas Journey™

Magical Christmas Journey – Departures at 4, 5:30, and 7 pm on November 29th and 30th, and Saturdays from December 7th to 21st.

Departures are at 5:30 and 7 pm on December 6, 13, 18, 19, 20.

Departures at 6:30 pm on 

December 5, 12, 16, 17, 22, and 23

Schedule details can be found here.

Embark on Your Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure in 2024

The Verde Canyon Railroad is a popular attraction that promises an experience rich in history, nature, and luxury along the Arizona landscape. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a family outing, or a solo adventure, the railroad offers something special for everyone.

Stay updated with the latest schedule and plan your journey today aboard this magnificent train to discover Arizona’s hidden treasures.

Join us for an adventure that transcends the ordinary and creates memories that will last a lifetime!

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