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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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Lynn, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We had first class tickets and enjoyed the roomy seats and the small buffet. The toast of champagne before we started was a nice touch. You could have sat there all afternoon but the outside car does beckon you to get outside and take some pictures and hear details from our gentlemen server/guide on the Wickenburg Car. We had a... More

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Reno, NV
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised that the coach cars were fine for a trip of this type. You spend most of the time standing outside in the open air car so you can take full advantage of the scenery. I would have been disappointed had I spent more for the seating and spent the time outdoors. Our guide, Jennifer, did a... More

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Buckeye, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We went during the summer and it was a hot day. Luckily we bought first class tickets. The coaches are climate controlled which made it very comfortable after sitting in the open air car watching the eagles. There was a buffet and a bar and the four of us sat very comfortably on big cushy couches. We had a wonderful... More

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Concord, NC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

There were four of us in First Class on the three hour railroad ride, which included drinks (small glass of champagne is included, all others you put on your tab). First class is near the back on the way out from Clarkdale, which means that the recorded announcements are ahead of when you should be looking for the items. The... More

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IA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I traveled on this train on a Saturday afternoon, mid Sept When you arrive at the station, there is a small gift shop and you can also buy lunch in a cafeteria- type line, if you want. We bought first class tickets and we're glad we did. I feel like our car wasn't as crowded as the... More

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Uniontown, OH
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

My husband and I took this train ride and paid extra for first class. In the advertisement it says everyone gets a big comfy easy chair and large picture windows for great viewing. There were easy chairs, but they were used for groups of four. My husband and I sat on kitchen style chairs at a small table. It wasn't... More

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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We had a lovely afternoon - in first class - up the Verde Canyon and back on the Verde Canyon Railroad. While it was expensive it was worth it - very comfortable - and you also have access to an outside carriage so you can get a fantastic view and take lots of photos. The commentary was very informative but... More

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Huron, Ohio
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Close ups of the canyons, narration, animation, comfort, wine, beer, treats at low prices! What are you waiting for! So beautiful!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this four hour train ride but it is definitely NOT for everyone. Best to book at least 5-7 days in advance, watch the weather forecast. First KNOW you are doing a totally touristy ride and this is EXACTLY that but we liked it. It's largely a gray hair tour, buses galore, and lovely seniors that don't have... More

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Ramona, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My husband and I were vacationing in Cottonwood and got free tickets from the resort for doing an RCI presentation. We had First-Class tickets and I highly recommend spending the extra to sit here. There were less people, the car had AC, we had the mini buffet and a cash bar. We also had private access to our own covered... More

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