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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
Reviewed February 17, 2013

The only way to take this ride and enjoy it is by going first class. Since it was Valentine's Day, we opted for the Chocolate Delight special. The 2 hour ride is one-way from Cottonwood to Perkinsville winding its way along the Verde Canyon. It comes back exactly the same way so 4 hours in total. The free snacks on board the first class section consist of salads, sandwiches, veggies and dip, chicken wings, chips, pretzels, and in our case, lots of chocolate goodies. Bar prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly and courteous. The tour is narrated and in between the narration, they play many "train" tunes. It's fun and a great way to spend some time when you are visiting the Sedona area.

3  Thank Summerwinds59
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We went on the Verde Canyon Railroad for the second time. We are retirement age and I found the regular class trip not as enjoyable as the last time when we went first class. The outside car was very crowded and someone deliberately sprayed a coke into the wind so it blew back on to the rest of the passengers. Some rowdy kids idea of fun.
What I did love about this trip was the bald eagle sightings. We saw seven altogether both flying and perched in trees or on the ground. That was a real thrill.
We took a lunch and had a pleasant picnic table to sit at while we ate before the train ride. The rest rooms in the depot were very nice. We would certainly go again and take out of town visitors or anyone who enjoys trains. The train staff was on alert for eagles and gave announcements every time there was a sighting so everyone would have a chance to see them.

2  Thank Gina M
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

During a Nov 2012 vacation we wanted to see more of Northern Arizona than what we could see from the roads. Since we're not hikers we were looking for an alternative. We found it in the Verde Canyon Railroad. We opted for the first class tickets with more comfortable seats, a bar and a nice selection of complimentary food. We also had an outdoor open car behind our car where we could get some fresh air, take pictures and get a better feel for the environs, which were spectacular. Along with the Blazin M Ranch it was one of our favorite activities during that vacation. It's worth the splurge.

2  Thank Jeffree I
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

What a wonderful experience! This train goes far into the wilderness, where you cannot go by car, across the plateau and through a gorgeous canyon. We saw several bald eagles, and the workers were constantly going from group to group to point out another interesting feature, or tell another interesting story.

We rode first class, which was worth the cost, but we spent most of the time on the outside car, because the scenery was magnificent. The service was great - snacks available during the afternoon, drinks to order. But mostly, it was the incredible views! And all this on a relaxing, rocking train at about 20 mph. Wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

If you are anywhere near Sedona or the Verde River Valley - TAKE THE TRAIN!

3  Thank Karen B
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

At first thought, 4 hours seemed like a long time to be riding on the rails but we totally enjoyed every minute. Scenery was spectacular and although we did not see a lot of wild life, the mountains kept our attention and out camera kept snapping beautiful memories.

We suggest first class for comfort and service. If you're fortunate enough to get in the car with Sallie, it's your lucky day! Sallie was upbeat, fun, personable and just all around a great attendant for our coach. She was very imformative and kept us entertained while doing her job with efficiency.

Make time for this trip and buy tickets early so you're not disappointed!

3  Thank mom98wmu
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