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Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad is Arizona’s longest-running nature show. The four-hour scenic ride includes views of Sinagua Indian ruins, bald and golden eagles, waterfowl, wildlife and a 680-foot man-made tunnel. The nature show is seen from panoramic windows along the wilderness route. In the spring and summer see Great Blue Heron and black hawks; fall and winter bring brightly-colored foliage and the arrival of migratory bald and golden eagles.

This historic route - between two national forests adjacent to a wilderness area follows the upper Verde River, ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country.

With first-class passage, hors d’oeuvres are served and a full service bar is available. Coach cars provide Pullman-style seating with two seats on each side of a center aisle, as well as a snack bar in each car. Coach and first-class passengers may access open-air viewing cars. The Verde Canyon Railroad has a mini-museum, gift shop and Cafe, where lunch can be purchased prior to the ride.

The Verde Canyon Railroad is a "train for all seasons" and runs year-round on a varied schedule. The schedule is reduced slightly during December and January. Morning and afternoon trains are added during March and April, and starlight trains run May through October.

The Verde Canyon Railroad offers a toll-free number, 800-293-7245, which is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (Arizona Standard Time.)

The Clarkdale, Arizona depot is only 25 miles from scenic Sedona, just two hours north of Phoenix, and three hours south of the Grand Canyon.

We offer room and ride packages with numerous hotels in the Verde Valley area.

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey!