For an adventure with stunning scenery and a continuation of a legacy that goes back over a century, take a train ride with Valley Verde Canyon Railroad! This scenic railroad tour takes you along miles of railroad that were once the lifeblood of the Verde Valley, transporting goods up and down the challenging canyon landscape. Now, you can spend an afternoon aboard the train, taking in exclusive sights and wildlife on a four-hour historic ride!
A Journey Through Time to Untouched and Pristine Wilderness
Along with our lovely state of Arizona, the railroad celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012—so it should be no surprise that the tracks are infused with a rich history and western lore. You’ll start your journey off at the depot just outside of Sedona in the charming town of Clarkdale, where you can browse story-boards depicting the evolution of the railroad from the early 1900s, along with fascinating information about the people and animals that shaped the Verde Valley into what it is today.
You’ll also find that the depot houses the Copper Spike Cafe, where you can select from a variety of affordable lunches, including burgers, salads, paninis, and quesadillas. You can dine at the cafe prior to your excursion—or, as we suggest, you can box it up to take along on the train ride! When it comes to the thrilling train ride, you have plenty of options that were designed to fit a range of budgets. All the cabins are renovated vintage train cars, and each class of cabin has touches of historical train aesthetic, whether it’s traditional Pullman-style seats or an elegantly furnished caboose.
The coach cabin boasts a budget-friendly price, where you can take it all in without breaking the bank! First-class offers more room and nearly panoramic views, and an elevated experience kicking off with a champagne toast. For those truly fascinated with train mechanics, there’s a specialty package where you can ride along with the engineer for the day. If you’re part of a larger group, you can rent your own private caboose for a flat rate that includes six people for an unmatched and luxurious experience. Every class has access to the beautiful open-air viewing cars, where you can revel at unobstructed views of the scenery passing by. If you’re visiting during December, make sure to take a look at their special Christmas journey! You can find the Verde Canyon Railroad at 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale AZ 86324, or call them at 800-582-7245.
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