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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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 21, 2013

We rode the wine tasting Star Night train and it was fantastic. The food and wine was tasty and the atmosphere was so romantic!

1  Thank Zhu1Jia
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

We just finished taking a "wine tasting" "first class" trip, and it was terrible.

We arrived an hour early as requested to only sit around with nothing to do. When we finally boarded the train, we were welcomed by staff yelling and screaming to point people to seats. There was further confusion as guests travelling together had been put on separate cars, but the staff were extremely rude when changes were requested.

The wine was sub-par Washington wine, served in shot glasses, and the "appetizers" were limited to cubes of cheese and bread and crackers. At the end I was happy to hear the pop of a bottle of sparkling wine, to end up being served this wine again in a shot glass, with a chocolate covered strawberry dumped inside the glass, rather than served on the side.

We could not hear the narration at all, and only knew to look for scenery when our "hostess" sceeched at the top of her lungs for everyone to look outside. There were two very loud groups in our car that made it impossible for anyone else to even hear themselves think, let alone enjoy each others company.

The tour is four hours long, which is approximately two to three hours too long.

I would not recommend this trip to anyone.

5  Thank KatyL73
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

What a great time. I took a family of five and we booked 1st class. Great accommodations when we boarded. Train staff were fantastic and very knowledgable. Appetizers were great with many adult drinks readily available. Open air viewing was easily available. What a relaxing time to view the incredible vista of Arizona.

2  Thank J6Family
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Loved this train ride so much!! Took my parents in their 80's with my Dad in a wheelchair. For the very beginning we were treated like royalty! Everyone on staff was kind to my parents! We splurged for first class seats and I highly recommend this! The seats were super comfortable an right by the window! We were served champagne right away and then invited to a buffet of yummy food of which there was plenty...sandwiches , wings, veggie tray, Caesar salad, pretzel mix, and brownies. As we ate we feasted our eyes on the spectacular views! Our train attendants were Laura and Jen. They were super knowledgable and pointed out all kinds of cool sights! Laura is an excellent bartender too and served up the best cucumber and sunrise margaritas we've ever had!! They also played train music softly as we were rolling along!! Absolutely great trip!! Hope you get to go!!!

2  Thank vickiiski
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

This experience is a must for visitors and locals alike. We are Arizona locals and Scottsdale restaurantuers and we rate the Verde Canyon Railroad on top of the to do list. Between the train, the scenery and the top notch service, you'll not only be impressed but you'll feel as if you steped back in time.
Our group of 6 celebrated a special birthday in the Caboose, it was the perfect setting for such an occasion. Robin Brean went above and beyond to cater to our dietary needs and the food was first rate and delicious. Our private valet, Fermine, was professional, informative, and charming. It is not often that every part of an experience is perfect, Verde Canyon Railroad delivers! Thanks for the memories.

3  Thank Rosemary C
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