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Verde Canyon Railroad

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Address: 300 North Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324
Phone Number: +1 800-293-7245
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Verde Canyon Railroad is a Southwestern adventure that takes passengers on...

Verde Canyon Railroad is a Southwestern adventure that takes passengers on a ride through Arizona’s backcountry, only accessible from the comfort of this train.

This legendary “boutique” attraction allows members of groups an uncommon view of a wildly-wonderful red-rock canyon. The four-hour excursion requires no laborious effort or exertion except by the highly-trained staff who absolutely love what they do. As evidenced by exceedingly positive reviews, they do it very well.

Verde Canyon Railroad is the only excursion train in the Southwest which offers every guest two seats for the price of one: inside viewing through large panoramic windows in all coaches and 360-degree views from open-air viewing cars attached to each coach. As the train passes “through” a grand canyon, both vantages celebrate incomparable scenery, high-desert flora and fauna, historic trestles, dramatic geology, unusual rock formations and passage through a century-old 680-foot tunnel. Throughout the journey the captivating history of the Verde Canyon and the Railroad unfolds with narration interlaced with a wide genre of popular railroad tunes.

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Nice Scenery, Great Experience

My wife and I took this as a side trip on a big vacation from Illinois to Arizona. It was well-run, efficient, and pleasant. You can just relax and sit or get up and move around... read more

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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I took this as a side trip on a big vacation from Illinois to Arizona. It was well-run, efficient, and pleasant. You can just relax and sit or get up and move around. Clean and comfortable with drinks, finger foods, nice staff, and wonderful scenery.

Thank ollr52
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The ride from Sedona to Clarkdale took us through areas we had not seen so far on our trip. We went through Cottonwood which was an interesting little town. When we arrived at the station we had a quick lunch before boarding our training car. We were in First Class and had ano attendant for the car. She was very... More 

1 Thank Lorna W
Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A pleasant relaxing site seeing train ride! A 4 hour adventure ride through the Verde Canyon. There is an open car you can sit in to get the best view of the canyon. The cafe at the depot had a great lunch selection and was fresh and tasty! Nice gift shop also.

1 Thank Joe S
Celebration, Florida
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a four-hour roundtrip train experience through a beautiful canyon. I chose the first class option, which was around $90 and had complimentary appetizers and really comfortable seating. If I did it again, I might choose the coach option, which is about $25 cheaper, as both have access to an open car and that's where I found myself spending... More 

1 Thank HarmonyW22
Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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531 reviews
310 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The train ride was a fabulous adventure into the Verde Valley. This is a must do experience....the scenery was beautiful, the customer service and staff friendly and informative. The 4 hour ride was fun and relaxing...the best part was we were able to see Bald Eagles! Enjoyed the food options provided in first class! Definitely the way to go!

1 Thank Cherie P
Richmond, Canada
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth the trip, as a couple, group or family. It leaves at 1 and boards at 12:35 Go first class, includes a glass of champagne, appetizers (chicken wings, small sandwiches, cheese, veggies, dip, potato chips) and you pay for the extra drinks. Good deal was a bottle of wine for $15 and you get to take the bottle home... More 

1 Thank Wings298
Cobourg, Ontario
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97 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was just what we needed! When we go on vacation we tend to want to "do it all" and need a vacation once we get home! This train ride was both comforting and relaxing. the scenery was outstandingly beautiful. Not over crowded, lots of room on the train. The food served in first class was fine ( hot, tasty... More 

Thank elainelily
O'Fallon, Missouri
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a Must Do activity while visiting the Sedona, AZ, area. The trip through the Verde Valley is incredible and the pictures that you will have the opportunity to take are second to none. You will have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world as well as have a Great Time visiting the Verde Valley. This... More 

Thank Rick H
Chandler, Arizona, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great customer service and guides were very informative. Extremely comfortable seating with plenty of food options. Easy access to the outdoor cars. Wonderful experience for all ages. Definitely go First Class, well worth the extra dollars.

Thank Laura G
Lititz, Pennsylvania
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178 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heard about this train ride while touring Sedona, AZ. We took a coach seat, (less $) and weren't disappointed. The scenery was terrific. We saw a few eagles, which added to the trip. It is a 4 hour tour thru the canyon, so there is a lot to view. The guide onboard was very informative. The train runs thru a... More 

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