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Verde Canyon Railroad

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Pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable journey through the picturesque Verde Valley. Embark on a scenic and educational journey as your train cruises along the Verde River. On this trip, you can marvel at ancient cliff dwellings crafted by Sinagua people from centuries past and explore historic sites that were once bustling with miners during Arizona’s early years – all while relaxing in comfort aboard vintage railcars that date back to the early 20th century.

Known as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, this attraction offers a four-hour round-trip journey from Clarkdale to Perkinsville, Arizona. It is a unique experience that combines history, adventure, and an excellent way to explore some of Mother Nature’s finest work.

With multiple classes of service, unique themed events, and delicious lunch options aboard the train, this is one experience you won’t want to miss!

The History Of The Verde Canyon Railroad

Financed by William Andrews Clark, the Verde Canyon Railroad is a 38-mile rail line built in 1912. Back then, it was used to transport passengers, copper, and supplies.

Dave Durbano bought the line from Clark in 1989 to keep it from being dismantled. He opened the Verde Canyon Railroad as a tourist attraction in 1990. Today, his vision continues with visitors worldwide enjoying this beautiful journey through Verde Valley.

The Verde Canyon Railroad runs from Clarkdale to Perkinsville, Arizona, and has become a landmark in the local community.

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The Verde Canyon Railroad Journey

The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. From the moment you step aboard the renovated vintage train, you are whisked back to a time of luxurious and leisurely train travel.

Verde Canyon Railroad Depot

Your journey begins at the Verde Canyon Railway Depot, a historic landmark. This remarkable structure has been carefully preserved and restored and serves as the starting point for the famous Verde Valley scenic railway.

You'll find a treasure trove of delights at the depot: The Boxcar Gift Store, the Copper Spike Cafe, and the John Bell Museum.

John Bell Railroad Museum

The museum is home to countless artifacts that allow visitors to catch a glimpse of a bygone era when railroads were the primary form of transportation. Through its expansive collection, one can find everything from original train whistles to historic photographs and maps.

Additionally, the museum offers interactive exhibits that provide a fascinating insight into the history of the Verde Canyon Railway and the people and wildlife of the Verde Valley.

All Aboard!

The minute you set foot in the restored vintage train, you will be magically transported to an era of opulent travel on a locomotive. Your ride through some of Arizona's most spectacular scenery will begin.

Guides are available to provide educational commentary throughout the journey focusing on Arizona’s history, geology, wildlife, and culture.

Of course, what would a Verde Canyon Railroad experience be without a delicious meal? Enjoy lunch or dinner while you take in the view with one of several meal packages available.

The Verde Canyon Railroad also offers travelers different ways to experience the beauty of Arizona’s high country.

Riding in Comfort

Each car, whether the exclusively private Caboose or premium passenger cars, each has its own distinct decor, but all offer quality amenities, comfort and service. Enjoy panoramic windows for remarkable viewing and all cars connect to open-air viewing platforms.

The Locomotive Ride-Along

For those looking to get up close and personal with the train, the locomotive ride-along is perfect; it allows visitors to feel what it’s like to take the helm of one of their vintage locomotives while riding along with the conductor and engineer.

Passenger Cars

The regular passenger cars provide plush and comfy accommodations while traveling along the remarkable escarpments and lush nature that envelop Verde Canyon. Enjoy captivating views of the passing countryside with expansive panoramic windows in each coach.

Open-Air Viewing Cars

Open-Air Viewing Cars - Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr
Open-Air Viewing Cars on the Verde Canyon Railroad

Open-Air viewing cars are also available so you can get closer to nature and take in all that splendor during your adventure. You will enjoy unbeatable 360-degree perspectives from every open-air viewing car attached to every coach.

The Caboose

Finally, there’s nothing like riding along in the train’s caboose for an even more luxurious train ride. This is no ordinary caboose; this offers luxury class seating for a party of six or fewer adults, with a private valet and complimentary champagne.

Whichever form of travel you choose along the Verde Canyon Railroad is sure to give anyone lasting memories and plenty of amazing stories to tell!

In the Verde Canyon

The Verde Valley train journey will cruise through magnificent canyons and red rock formations, explore the captivating desert landscapes of this wild and vibrant frontier, and witness wildlife sightings along the way.

During your ride, you’ll see the original bridges, trestles, and tunnels that were part of the original Verde Canyon Railway. You will also get to see two Native American ruins.

Wildlife Watching

In addition, you will find plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for as well. A journey aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad offers a rare opportunity to observe the bountiful wildlife in its natural setting.

It's an ideal platform for spotting elusive creatures such as bobcats, elks, and other wild animals that make this rustic landscape their home while passengers get to appreciate all this from the comfort of their seats.

Verde River

This wild and scenic river is one of the essential waterways in Arizona that stretches from Paulden through the communities of Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Yavapai-Apache Nation, Camp Verde, and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation before it makes its way to the Phoenix area.

The Verde Canyon Railroad is an incredible way to experience the beauty of the green waters of this river as it winds through the spectacular landscape of the canyon.

Make it an Unforgettable Adventure

Celebrating a special occasion or looking for a truly unique vacation experience? The Verde Canyon Railroad and the charming small-town atmosphere of the Clarkdale area are the perfect opportunities to make that amazing memory of a lifetime. 

Special Events on the Train

The Verde Canyon Railroad hosts several annual special events that are perfect for a day out with family and friends. For example, Ales on Rails allows guests 21+ to enjoy craft beer tastings while they take in the breathtaking landscape; Wild Splendor allows guests the opportunity to owls and wild raptors at the depot and on the train.

There are also special holiday events like the popular Easter Bunny Express, the Haunted Halloween Express, and the Magical Christmas Journey that families look forward to each year.

Things to Do in Clarkdale

Check out all that Clarkdale offers before or after your rail ride for a truly memorable experience! Clarkdale is home to charming galleries and shops and several wineries that regularly feature wine tastings and live music performances.

There are also plenty of outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, kayaking on Clear Creek, or hiking at Tuzigoot National Monument nearby. Don’t miss out on all that Clarkdale has in store!

Book Your Adventure Today!

The Verde Canyon Railroad offers an exciting journey that combines history with beauty and adventure; all rolled into one incredible experience! Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or want to explore something new, this is an excellent choice for travelers looking for something different.

Embark on this thrilling adventure of a lifetime by train aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad through the unspoiled Verde Valley! Book your journey today! You won’t regret it!

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