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“Very enjoyable experience”

Verde Canyon Railroad
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
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71 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable experience”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

We had a nice time on the train, friendly staff and spectacular views! We booked first class as normal tickets were sold out. First class gets you some champagne, food and à lot of space. But as you should be on the open car the entire trip both normal and first are fine.

Visited October 2012
3 Thank mkrijntjes
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Marysville, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“first train ride, deffinately not my last!”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

i have never been on a train ride and was never a "natures beauty" person but the things you will see on this ride are absolutely breath taking! the staff is increadible and we will deffinately go back many times as you are never sure what all you will see!

Visited September 2012
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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265 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Our Visit to Verde Canyon”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Lovely train ride which my husband & myself thoroughly enjoyed. Took about 4 hrs. We enjoyed the sandwiches & the drinks provided in the first class compartment. The topography was awesome. Some of us saw the Eagles though I didn't see them personally. We paid about $70 each with a discount for being seniors. Apparently the topography changes each season & might be worth it to see it again at a different season. We had some nice company with the fellow passengers & would do it again in a heartbeat.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Rama1004
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Placitas, New Mexico
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175 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Nice way to spend four hours”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

As others have posted, this train journey is both pleasant and beautiful. The ride is two hours in one direction and two hours back -- which is OK because the view is ever changing due to the reversed direction as well as the changing daylight on the landscape. I'm not sure why anyone would want to pay extra for First Class since the trip is all about the view. We (and most others) spent the entire time outside in an open gondola, enjoying the scenery and the sunshine. It is worth the price of the $55 ticket.

Visited September 2012
4 Thank Travelin_Bear
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VCRRTraingal, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Thank you for sharing about your recent trip with us. We are very fortunate to have the open-air viewing cars. It really does allow you to use all of your senses when experiencing the train ride.
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Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Relaxing train ride”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

While visiting Sedona my husband got suckered in to going to a time share presentation. Which resulted in a free train ride in first class on the Verde Canyon Railroad. The rail was very nice with lots of leg room and window seats. The entire experience was pretty good the provide a lot of history about the canyon and their are tons of photo opportunity. Overall i would recommend this attraction to family, and couples.

Visited October 2011
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