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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Nice relaxing ride in First Class; snacks provided, great views. The seats are more comfortable, but First Class is not mandatory because each car has an outdoor observation car behind so you can get a better view of the scenery as they point out the highlights of the trip so you will spend a good majority of your time on... More

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Fontana, California
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52 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

March in the Sedona-Clarksdale area is maybe the best of the year. The sun was warm, but not hot. The air was cool, but not cold. After traveling in the Arizona Desert for over 20 years, I just might be getting the hang of it. I had wanted to take this trip before, so I made reservations online about a... More

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Very nice ride through Sedona red rock country. We were wondering if we should have upgraded to first class, and apparently most people do, but we did not feel like we missed out. There were drinks and snacks inside of our car, had access to outside open-air car and the 2 people working our car were very nice. A pleasant... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The overall idea of riding in an old train through the canyon was what enticed us to get tickets and ride the train. However, we were quite disappointed by the overall experience. The views that are seen from the train are essentially the same views you get by driving around Sedona or Clarkdale in your car. Snacks and drinks were... More

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Hopewell Junction
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Overpriced rip-off. We booked first class. The appetizers as we were told was basically on a first come first serve basis. If they ran out before everyone made their way to the small buffet, then you were out of luck. Drinks were the only thing even remotely reasonably priced, at least in Sedona price range. The railroad nickeled and dimed... More

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Hanover, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

It was terrible being stuck in a rail car for 4 hours with screaming kids and it gets very hot. The outdoor rail car was nice but still very hot. The train is very slow and the speakers were very loud with the worst music I've ever heard. The views were something I could have seen driving in a car.... More

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Newalla
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We spent a long 4 hours on the Verde Canyon Railroad. There was some nice scenery in places but tended to get rather boring. We saw some people sleeping. Seems like a rather expensive nap! Our biggest complaint is that the person who made our reservations played up first class saying that you had all you can eat appetizers for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We rode in first class and had a great time. This was largely in part to Tracey our car attendant and bar tender. She made sure everyone was entertained, served beverages in a timely manner, and knew what the significant views were. We had a wonderful time in the quiet splendor of the canyon. The open air car allowed for... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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15 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have been on this train at least 4 times in the past year and very much enjoy the ride. ( We would not bring young children on this tour as it is 4 hours and not very diverse in the scenery.) There is a very interesting narrative regarding the copper mining activities that supported the local economy in by-gone... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

My family and I enjoyed a splendid caboose trip today. Our host Fermin was Terrific, he made our whole trip wonderful . The food was great and the views spectacular. Worth every penny!!! You need to take this train ride:)

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