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Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

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    Make your way to the Verde Canyon Railroad Train Depot in Clarkdale, Arizona, not far from Sedona, to begin your Verde Canyon Railroad adventure.

    This rail adventure offers a wilderness train ride through the remote Verde Canyon which is known for its picturesque setting and abundant wildlife. Though it’s possible to hike in the canyon, by far the easiest way to experience it is by riding this scenic wilderness train.

    The train is made up of exquisitely-renovated passenger coaches and open-air viewing cars pulled by vintage locomotives and travels a route along the Verde River between Clarkdale and Perkinsville. After embarking from the Clarkdale depot, sit back for a 4-hour, 40-mile round trip that includes views of historic mining sites, geological wonders, Sinagua Indian cliff dwellings and wildlife from bald eagles to antelope.

    You will remain spellbound as your vintage carriages cross an expansive railway bridge embedded in basalt cliffs, glide through a covered bridge opening the gateway to Perkinsville, or experience daylight retreating in the 680-foot manmade tunnel, all odes to that same bygone era. Two FP7 locomotives, only two of 10 remaining in North America, are the muscle that powers the newly-renovated passenger cars.

    Indoor cars are climate-controlled with restrooms and the train meets ADA requirements. Your first class cabins feature panoramic windows in a living room-style atmosphere of comfortable love seats or bistro-style chair-and-table seating near panoramic windows. Enjoy a champagne toast upon boarding, a variety of complimentary appetizers reflecting the southwest region and full-service cash bars featuring premium liquors and beverage service at your seat. With comfortable seating indoors and access to high-backed benches on the adjoining open-air cars, it is like getting two seats for the price of one.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    Unfortunately on 2 hour trip back the air conditioning stopped working at 3-5pm on an extremely hot afternoon.

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    Reviewed 6 days ago

    We actually took an RCI review at our resort and got one ticket for free. We sat in the first class car- got champagne and chips and tapas to eat. We bought 2 soadas for $2 each. It was a hot day so we stayed...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Pat6667
    TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

    Thank you for joining us, and for taking the time to review your experience. We are happy to hear you appreciated the scenery, the clean condition of our train cars and the good service our staff provides.

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    4 hours was far too long especially as it was 2 hours there and 2 hours back seeing the same scenery.More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank davidw12588
    TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    We know our journey may not fit everyone's taste but thank you David for riding with us. Yes, the trip is the same route into the canyon and back, but for some that's the draw. Along with the scenery, is the history, culture and the...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    This is great for singles, couples or families. The train was clean and comfortable and the views stupendous. Get there early to choose your seat. (They assign the car, but you choose the seat within the car.) The scenery is amazing and changes along the...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Kay P
    TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much Kay for your wonderful review of the trip. We appreciate knowing how you enjoyed it.

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Went with family on this railroad adventure and had a thoroughly fun time. We upgraded our coach tickets to first class for more comfortable seating and were not disappointed. They provided a welcome/send-off glass of either champagne or cider, a bowl of chips for the...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank seapsych
    TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you very much for the recommendation.

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    lindalou111
    11 April 2019|
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    Response from pjkoala | Reviewed this property |
    Grand Canyon Train hands down. GO to you tube and search for verde train and then grand canyon williams train and people have videos of each.
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    Glenda L
    29 March 2019|
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    Response from cstmartin | Reviewed this property |
    It only stops to reverse direction and return to the originating station.
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    Scrappybear525
    15 February 2019|
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    Response from katrina81476 | Reviewed this property |
    Hi, The bridges aren't long and your pretty much looking out at the scenery not looking down. You shouldn't have a problem. There are open cars if you want to be out side or you can go inside and still have views out of... More
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