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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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 1, 2014

What a relaxing way to travel and see the countryside not to mention the novelty of riding the train. The guides were friendly and informative. We had to pay for first class since that was all available. I would say it wasn't worth the extra dollars since we spent all of our time in the outdoor car anyway. I would suggest getting a reservation in early. We had a day of great weather ( in the 80s) so we didn't experience the "too hot" like others mentioned. The depot has lunch available.

Thank Debra B
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"hour trip"
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had a wonderful experience on the railroad. The first class cars provide a little buffet and the comfort of sitting on soft couches as you venture down the valley. The open cars are great for taking photos, and the opportunity to see bald eagles keeps you on the lookout. Just a nice way to spend an afternoon. It is a little pricey, but well worth the money.

1  Thank Elmo426
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is our second time going on the Chocolate Lovers trip!!!!! This time we brought the parents, uncle, and aunt along we all had a fantastic time. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to get away for the day. I would suggest though that you spend the little extra money and go First Class, it is well worth your money.

Thank Elisa F
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

We loved this railroad journey.....if you can pay the extra and go first class. It was a beautiful and fantastic day out. We saw an eagle soaring and the scenery is breathtaking. It is a ride down and back so any sights missed on the way down can be picked up on the return, the views can be seen from the railcar or in the open car. The only slightly down side was not being able to get off the train at the end of the line and have a walk about the old railroad station. It's a must do...

2  Thank HarrisSurrey
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

We had first class tickets which included complimentary champagne and appetizers. Comfortable couches where we could enjoy the sites of the canyon. The clip clop of the tracks lulled me to sleep on the way back to the station

Thank Rebecca H
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