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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...

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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Lovely fall scenery

A pleasant afternoon on the train with lovely fall scenery and good narration. It was a chance for us to see a part of the country with which we are not familiar. Snacks - more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Delores J
Arcadia, California
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Arcadia, California
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A pleasant afternoon on the train with lovely fall scenery and good narration. It was a chance for us to see a part of the country with which we are not familiar. Snacks - more like a mini-lunch, were provided.

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Orange, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved the views and the 4 hour ride - the hours'd'erves are really snacks, and should be called such, and the bar scheme is interesting - but we enjoyed the ride and would do it again. Friendly staff, comfortable seats.

Thank agbowden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed traveling into canyon west of Cottonwood Az and seeing cliffs, river and wildlife - bald eagle and mule deer . Guides were entertaining and informative. Return trip was alittle anti-climatic.

1 Thank Lovetobeonthego
Houston, Texas, United States
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Sit on the side of the train near the depot for better views. We also recommend sitting near the bartender. They give you more info along the trip. It was a great relaxing afternoon trip. We had a great time. You must try the lemonade with the prickly pear syrup. That was addicting. Recommend spending the extra to go first... More 

Thank Brian T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Overall a nice, scenic ride. I recommend the first class tickets. If you have AAA, you will get a 10% discount. The train car is comfortable and the provided lunch was good- salad, sandwiches, wings, chips, and brownies. There is a plenty of food, free bottles of water, and a cash bar. The best views and photo taking opportunities are... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad was relaxing (for the most part) and had beautiful scenery! I say "for the most part" because all-in-all the trip was great, but near the end there was a group of rather loud, slightly inebriated older couples on our traincar. The servers checked on them and made sure that someone was in charge... More 

Thank Clsikes
Tucson AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love trains, and this was a delightful way to see the canyon. We traveled first class and enjoyed the food and champagne. There was way more food than we anticipated- you won't need lunch before or dinner after! Can't wait to come back with the grandkids and rent the whole caboose!

Thank travelbird80
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on the train thru the canyon and mountains. The scenery was pretty good but not exceptional. The outside viewing car filled before I could get outside and didn't want to stand for the entire trip. Sun was in my eyes for a lot of the return trip due to the lateness if the season. They sold some snacks and... More 

Thank Ronzo11
Schertz, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very relaxing way to see the natural beauty of the Val Verde Canyon. We sat in first class, but not sure it was worth it, since we stayed in the observation car for almost the entire trip. Also, the pictures show comfortable couches, but those are assigned to larger parties and couples are given chairs at little... More 

1 Thank TexMommy
Yorktown, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great 3 1/2 hour train ride through canyons , over tresses and thru tunnels. When there was interesting information about upcoming sights the employee on the train would give you a heads up to what was coming and what to look for. Overall alot of fun and a good time..

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