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“Wilderness Train” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad
300 North Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324
800-293-7245
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Clarkdale
Type: Historic Sites, Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Group tours/train, Viewing wildlife, Viewing foliage
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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.
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“Wilderness Train”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Last summer my husband, Karl, and I took our daughter to the Verde Canyon Railroad. It runs from Clarkdale, AZ to Perkinsville AZ and back. It is a four hour trip starting at 1:00 pm. Clarkdale is within easy driving distance from most places in Arizona.
The Verde River flows through a canyon that is only accessible by rail. We passed through towering red cliffs, over fortified trestles, and through a 680’ man made tunnel. The hostesses in each car and the hostesses in the open air flat cars alerted us to interesting rock formations, wild life, and historic ruins that we saw along the way.
None of us had ever been there, but fortunately the ticket agent recommended I spend a little extra and buy the first class tickets. The two first class cars served food along with a full bar, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and water. The drinks were an extra charge, however, after the first one. The other advantage of the first class was in the open air flat car that we used for viewing. Many fewer people were in our car so the views were easy to see and spectacular.
The engines look very sleek and modern, but actually this model of locomotive FP7 is now rare in North American. The passenger cars are renovated, clean and comfortable. I wish I had known about the possibility of the caboose. It is a flat rate for a group of no more than 6 people. They have the whole car and the outside platforms at either end. I think I’ll look for a group of 6 next time!

Visited June 2012
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“Fall colors riding the Verde Canyon Rails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My husband and I took the Verde Canyon Train ride on Oct 17, 2012. Beautiful fall colors along the Verde River, a 2 hr train ride into the canyon then the engine moves from the one end of the train to the other for the return trip. We choose to go first class, with lunch and beverages (beverages are extra), sat a table by the window. Was a very nice trip.

Visited October 2012
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“dont think twice, just do it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Make sure and book this well in advance. The train is always full and its no wonder why. Fabulous views from you seat or outdoor viewing car. Get a first class ticket, the cars are not as crowded. . . .take your camera and get ready to shoot. Have been to the area 4 times and have never experienced the red rocks like this. Dont think about it, just do it.

Visited October 2012
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Scottsdale, AZ
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“Great Way to See Arizona”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

We did a package deal with the Tavern Hotel. More on that under the hotel review but it was definitely worth it. The depot was clean and modern. We did their Octoberfest lunch and enjoyed the food and beer. The tour was great, Arizona has some wonderful scenery. This is a four hour journey, two hours up and two back. The lighting is much different on the return. And, we did see a Bald Eagle perched on the rocks over the river on the return trip. Great views of the rocks and Verde river valley. Drinks were reasonable and the cars were very comfortable. All the crew were great! I recommend this if you have the mindset to do a four hour ride. We did and thoroughly enjoyed.

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VCRRTraingal, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Thank you so much for your review. Arizona does offer so much to see in the way of scenery and rugged terrain. We are very fortunate to be able to travel into this unspoiled area. Our onboard staff really does enjoy the interactions they have with passengers and we love to share your comments with them. Thank you again!
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“Bring your pillow”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Not the trip for anyone under 75 and way too long for children. We spent a week in Sedona and this was the biggest waste of money on our whole trip. We are in our mid 40's and this was so boring. The train only went 15 or 20 mph for 4 hours. You basically rode for two hours to the middle of nowhere and then back again the same way for another two hours. Staff was very attentive and as entertaining as they could be about rocks and trees. Scenery not nearly as pretty as what you see in sedona. Wish someone would have warned us this is not for active adults (or children). We are so glad we didn't upgrade to First Class (seats were fine in coach) and I would have been even more upset if I spent the additonal $25.

Visited October 2012
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VCRRTraingal, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Thank you for your candid review. Our trip certainly won't appeal to everyone and we understand that. It is always helpful for other travelers to get all points of view. We are truly sorry that you weren't completely satisfied with your day. We do appreciate the acknowledgement of our staff. They do a wonderful job and we are fortunate to have such a great group of employees.
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