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“Go First Class”

Verde Canyon Railroad
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Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure
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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed February 3, 2013

If you are going to take this trip, you have to go first class. It is worth the extra $. Better coach and food is served. The view of the valley is great. Our host was a great story teller. Bring your camera. There are shots you can't get anywhere else. It is a step back in time. Not sure kids would like it so much. Train pace is leisurely. Parents are likely to be dealing with antsy kids on the 2 hr return leg. If you like history... do this trip

5  Thank Thomas L
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

It may sound a bit hokey but if you are anywhere near Clarksdale, Arizona make sure you make reservations to ride the Verde Canyon Railroad into the Verde Canyon. It is a 4 hour round trip into and back out of the canyon. The scenery and the stories that are being told by the guides on every car and great.

2  Thank heymrd131313
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

4 hours of spectacular views, a few ruins, and maybe some wildlife spotting - if you're lucky (the animals are not on the payroll!) We got lucky and saw an eagle, but it is not really the right season for eagles, apparently, that would be March. This is a popular ride - reservations are recommended and the cars fill up quickly, so line up outside your assigned car well before your departure time. We went coach, and spent most of the time on the outdoor viewing car. It is easy to move from the outside to the inside of the train and the inside seating is reasonably comfortable. We saw so much more standing outside. Make sure you get a seat on the right side of the train if you plan on staying inside - the left side runs along the canyon wall most of the way, most of the scenery is on the right side of the train. Dress warmly and you can spend your whole trip on the viewing car. I don't know if it would be worth the extra money to go first class - you just get some complimentary appetizers and champagne. There is food for purchase in coach and each car has a bathroom.

Listen to the staff when they make their announcements - they are important and will make your trip much more enjoyable. The trip is narrated, and if you stay on the viewing platform, the conductor adds more information and points out extra stuff that is not part of the narration. Our conductor (Fred) was very entertaining. The speakers are pretty good, and the narration is easy to hear, but if you want to hear the conductor, make sure you stand close.

6  Thank DorisBH
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Taking this trip in the fall allows you to see the changing colors. The ride is fun and historical. The guides are well informed.

1  Thank Azgirl021
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

The overall experience was marred by the weather as we were in a fog most of the time...not outside the train, but inside. The excursion should not operate in rainy conditions as the only way to view the scenery was to constantly wipe the condensation from the windows with hand towels which the friendly crew provided.The towels did not work well so we resorted to paper towels from the toilet. Four hours of "wax on, wax off" as a disciple of Mr. Miyagi is tedious exercise.

Thank Stephen H
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VCRRTraingal, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2013

As much as we love Mother Nature’s rare gift of desert rain we do realize it can have an impact on visitors to our area. The combination of warmth from our heated passenger cars and the heavy gauge of safety glass in our windows can cause fogging during inclement weather.
Your concern has spurred us to prep our windows with anti-fog products to handle this issue during future storms and we appreciate your comment.

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