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Verde Canyon Railroad

300 North Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324
800-293-7245
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Clarkdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Historic Sites
Activities: Viewing foliage, Group tours/train, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Verde Canyon Railroad is Arizona’s longest-running nature show. The four-hour scenic ride includes views of Sinagua Indian ruins, waterfowl, wildlife... more » Owner description: Verde Canyon Railroad is Arizona’s longest-running nature show. The four-hour scenic ride includes views of Sinagua Indian ruins, waterfowl, wildlife and a 680-foot man-made tunnel. The train follows the upper Verde River and is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. 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. « less
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Tomball, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We had the first class car and wondered if it was really necessary. As soon as the train started, we went out to the open car and spent most of the time there. I think it is less crowded in first class, so it is nice in the open air car. The canyon itself was beautiful and it was a... More

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Montreal, Canada
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28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This is not the grand canyon, but it is a fun and informative 4 hour long train ride into a beautiful canyon. Go first class if you can, where you will have comfortable seats & tables and a small buffet with chicken wings, sandwiches, cut veggies, cheese, salad & brownies. You are in the car with the bar as well.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Being a train freak, I wasn't going to miss an opportunity to actually ride on one through the canyons! Just staring at nature and its beauty will satisfy me for a long time until I return to this area, and I WILL!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We traveled on this railway twice while living in Arizona - each time when we had family in town. On the first occasion, we selected the "higher end" package which offered a more comfortable car plus food & drink. This was very nice but what you come for are the views! In between coaches, there are "open air" observation cars... More

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Tryon, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We bought a first class ticket which included snacks that made up our lunch. When you look out the windows it is fun, but we occasionally left the first class car to go stand on the open car behind us. Outside you can feel the open air and just enjoy the beauty around you. This is 4 to 5 hours... More

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Grand Forks
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We took this ride, first class, in August of 2014. It was wonderful. The train was air conditioned, good snack food, and excellent chair side service. The narration by the host was informative and we could here her well. The gift show was neat, well organized, and the staff helpful. The restrooms in the gift shop, and on the train,... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Four hours of first class travel with enough snack food that we were not hungry for an evening meal. This was our second trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad -- February and September. Of the two seasons, I prefer winter and the clear view of the meandering Verde River. In either season, it is a beautiful trip and the history... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was a very surprising and unique excursion while staying in Sedona. The train is 4 hours (2 hours one way and 2 hrs back) long and takes you through a dried up ocean from millions of years ago. What is left now is the Verde Valley River. The walls around the canyon are amazing. Def go for 1st class.... More

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Grand Island, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was the most surprising trip we had planned. The train was a perfect way to see the red rock area and a lot of other historic sites. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and the amenities were great.

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Saint Francisville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

We rode in first class on the train. Accommodations were comfortable and clean. The staff was very friendly and humorous. We enjoyed the snacks that are provided when you ride first class. It was also neat to be able to walk to the open air car where we could take pictures of the beautiful scenery. This is a marvelous way... More

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