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Address: 300 N Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324-2302
Phone Number:
+1 800-293-7245
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Verde Canyon Railroad is a Southwestern adventure that takes passengers on...

Verde Canyon Railroad is a Southwestern adventure that takes passengers on a ride through Arizona’s backcountry, only accessible from the comfort of this train.

This legendary “boutique” attraction allows members of groups an uncommon view of a wildly-wonderful red-rock canyon. The four-hour excursion requires no laborious effort or exertion except by the highly-trained staff who absolutely love what they do. As evidenced by exceedingly positive reviews, they do it very well.

Verde Canyon Railroad is the only excursion train in the Southwest which offers every guest two seats for the price of one: inside viewing through large panoramic windows in all coaches and 360-degree views from open-air viewing cars attached to each coach. As the train passes “through” a grand canyon, both vantages celebrate incomparable scenery, high-desert flora and fauna, historic trestles, dramatic geology, unusual rock formations and passage through a century-old 680-foot tunnel. Throughout the journey the captivating history of the Verde Canyon and the Railroad unfolds with narration interlaced with a wide genre of popular railroad tunes.

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Great excursion train ride

We enjoyed this trip very much. We indulged ourselves with first class tickets. The car was spacious and comfortable. Snacks were provided and drinks were modest cost and well... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed this trip very much. We indulged ourselves with first class tickets. The car was spacious and comfortable. Snacks were provided and drinks were modest cost and well made. Daniel was our host and kept us informed on sites to see as we approached. It's about 4 hours round trip. Reservations are required. Light lunch is available in the... More 

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Redwood Falls, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We booked a couple of first-class trips on the railroad (coach was sold out), and are so glad we did! The furniture in the first-class cars is very comfortable. The day we traveled was a cold, rainy day. Do yourself a favor, check the forecast and pack a heavier coat if you need it! I wish I had, as OUTSIDE... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Starting in Clarkdale, the railroad takes you on a 4 hour trip though the Verde Canyon and along the river. Even in winter the scenery was magnificent. We had first class seats, the cars were spacious and we had champagne as we left the historic train station and snacks including small sandwiches and chicken wings as we began our trip.... More 

1 Thank BuckeyeBecky2014
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not worth the price. Very disappointed. Staff kept pointing out the different rocks that looked like animals. Not really much history. Positive note: clean & friendly staff Just not worth the $$$

Thank Lenora B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the train trip and opted for first class! Service in first class was good, with finger foods and a glass of champagne. One could also purchase cocktails, beer and wine. Enjoyed the views along the Verde river and the red rocks and other rock formations along the route. The right side of the train definitely had better views!

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This another memorable adventure. The host was informative and very entertaining! The rock formations, The nesting bald eagles, and the original Walmart...ha ha! The staff really kept us happy. If you have physical issues, keep in mind it's a bit jostling and it moves you about in you seat. It's a long winding ride. You can sit outside in an... More 

1 Thank queenofscots59
Kearney, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a delightful ride in one of the first class train cars through the beautiful Verde Canyon. The day was cloudy and a bit cool but the views of the red and gold canyons were very pretty. We saw the winding Verde River way below the train tracks. It was fun to sit with friends in the car, be... More 

1 Thank goldentraveler2015
Mississauga, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very disappointing, paid the first class price and were jammed at the very back on chairs with no room at all. Told they were full, so they jammed us in at full price? Wow should have had 4 in the party and would have had nice couches. Because we were 2 were put on chairs packed into the second class... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I took the train as kind of a spontaneous thing to do while we were in the area. We did the first class accommodations which were a little pricey for what you get frankly. Included in the first class section were nice chairs and tables, seating like in a living room. They give you about 2 ounces... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked first class, and it was worth it. The seats are spacious and comfortable, and first class is adjacent to the open cars, where the viewing of the spectacular scenery is best. Don, our guide, was excellent. We learned a lot, and we saw a lot.

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