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Verde Canyon Railroad

300 North Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324
800-293-7245
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Clarkdale
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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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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99 reviews 99 reviews
45 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

If we hadn't just seen scenic Sedona and the majestic Grand Canyon we might have enjoyed this attraction more. We were in first class so our seating was nice and we had snacks, but probably not worth the extra money. The train goes very, very, very slow. It took 4 hours to see, and re-see the same scenery. Why not... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Awesome experience for every age! My wife surprised me with this first class trip and we traveled from Phoenix to make this happen. It was well worth the trip and a day well spent. The crew and station employees all go out of their way to ensure you have as pleasant and relaxing experience as possible. As a train/rail fan... More

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Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Trip was relaxing and informative. We went on a "first class" car which had snacks and a cash bar. The trip was very interesting and the points of interest were announced by either the bar tender or the PA system as we went along. Well worth drive over from Sedona

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Phoenix
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I have put this trip off for years not thinking it would be worth it. But...when the Grand Canyon was closed down, we had to make alternate plans. This was Plan B, but it really could have been Plan A. What a beautiful train trip, but you must go 1st Class. We bought a bottle of wine to go with... More

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Glen Cove, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this little four hour trip aboard the train. We took a first class ticket to ride in the recreated old fashioned dining car and thoroughly enjoyed it. Basic appetizers were served buffet style while the bartender brought drinks to your table. They kept you informed of the sites to see well in advance so you could get... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Once again had the opportunity to enjoy this train ride. Their motto "It's not the destination, it's the journey" is so true. Unfortunately we did not see any wildlife, but we still enjoyed it immensely. Very relaxing, comfortable seating, nice Champagne toast upon departure, full bar and complimentary appetizers were all available in First Class. Only confusing part was ordering... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I was unsure as to whether we should set aside a full day of our vacation to ride the Verde Canyon RR...There is so much to see in the Sedona area...I was even more unsure about reserving First Class accommodations on the train, BUT I'm glad I did! First Class, although more pricey, allowed us to dine on the train... More

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Phoenix
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128 reviews 128 reviews
44 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We booked this train ride (first class tickets) as part of my fiance's birthday celebration. He is a professional photographer and we were told we'd see lots of eagles and their nests. We didn't. We sat on the sofa style seating and were told in the beginning that it didn't matter where you say because the train turned around (lie).... More

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VCRRTraingal, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this review

Verde Canyon Railroad appreciates all customer reviews. Whether they are all positive or contain constructive criticism we do pay attention and try to learn from each one. Unfortunately with this review an inference was made that our hostess appeared to be drinking. This would NEVER happen onboard Verde Canyon Railroad as our employees respect themselves and their positions. We would... More

Milwaukee, WI
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We saw a brochure about this trip at our Sedona hotel. My husband loves trains and I love geology, so it was a perfect way for us to combine our 2 interests. The train has indoor seating and there are also covered open-air observation cars. We spent almost all of the trip sitting outside enjoying the scenery. The frozen margaritas... More

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Twentynine Palms, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This is the second trip along this railway. Both times we travelled first class. Our first experience was the day afte our wedding 2012. This year March 2014 was also exceptional. The rail link was necessary in bringing in supplies to Clarkedale Jerome and Sedona early last century. The line was used in the filming of a movie, How the... More

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