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Make your way to the Verde Canyon Railroad Train Depot in Clarkdale, Arizona, not far from Sedona, to begin your Verde Canyon Railroad adventure.

This rail adventure offers a wilderness train ride through the remote Verde Canyon which is known for its picturesque setting and abundant wildlife. Though it’s possible to hike in the canyon, by far the easiest way to experience it is by riding this scenic wilderness train.

The train is made up of exquisitely-renovated passenger coaches and open-air viewing cars pulled by vintage locomotives and travels a route along the Verde River between Clarkdale and Perkinsville. After embarking from the Clarkdale depot, sit back for a 4-hour, 40-mile round trip that includes views of historic mining sites, geological wonders, Sinagua Indian cliff dwellings and wildlife from bald eagles to antelope.

You will remain spellbound as your vintage carriages cross an expansive railway bridge embedded in basalt cliffs, glide through a covered bridge opening the gateway to Perkinsville, or experience daylight retreating in the 680-foot manmade tunnel, all odes to that same bygone era. Two FP7 locomotives, only two of 10 remaining in North America, are the muscle that powers the newly-renovated passenger cars.

Indoor cars are climate-controlled with restrooms and the train meets ADA requirements. Your first class cabins feature panoramic windows in a living room-style atmosphere of comfortable love seats or bistro-style chair-and-table seating near panoramic windows. Enjoy a champagne toast upon boarding, a variety of complimentary appetizers reflecting the southwest region and full-service cash bars featuring premium liquors and beverage service at your seat. With comfortable seating indoors and access to high-backed benches on the adjoining open-air cars, it is like getting two seats for the price of one.
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Verde Canyon Railroad
Overview
Enjoy a 4-hour sightseeing journey by train aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad, which glides through the beautiful wilderness of the American Southwest near Sedona. Nibble light refreshments while traveling on the Verde Canyon Railroad through Arizona’s desert. Ride in a vintage train car or open-air viewing car to get a great perspective on the region’s natural and cultural treasures. See ancient cliff dwellings built by the Native American Sinagua people, historic mining sites and more as your train cruises along a route that follows the Verde River.
Highlights
  • 4-hour round-trip train ride on Verde Canyon Railroad, from Sedona
  • Soak in unobstructed views of the Arizona desert and Verde River
  • Look for Sinagua cliff dwellings, old mining sites, and native wildlife such as bald eagles or antelope
  • Ride in a vintage train car with air-conditioning or head to the open-air platform car
  • Bring the whole family on an activity that is suitable for all ages
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Relaxing afternoon. Enjoy the road. It's the trip and not the destination.

My first statement. This is not for little kids. You're going to spend most of the afternoon on a train with no destination - it's the ride and the views. I recommend first-class. The cars are antique and have tables for 2 and small clusters...More

Thank Alan L
Reviewed 1 week ago
Our yearly train ride

We always visit the station every time with head up or down to Jerome. Once a year at least we ride the train, and have been doing it for many years. They have over the years managed to ad more rolling stoick and improve the...More

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TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your continued support of Verde Canyon Railroad. We are proud to have shared this amazing canyon with more than 2 million passengers the past 28 years. We love what we do, and it's passengers like you that keep us smiling...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stupendous ride in the Caboose!

Booked the caboose ride not knowing what to expect but hoping for the best. We definitely had the best seats in the house! We received much more than we expected and it was a great afternoon! The caboose is the only way to travel on...More

Thank 2bapackard3
TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Kenna is a gem! We will share your compliments with her.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great Adult Fun

It's a two hour ride into the canyon and two back. Children might be bored. Scenery is beyond outstanding.

Thank Linda K
TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much. We are very fortunate to be able to share this magnificent canyon with wonderful customers like you. We hope to see you onboard again.

Reviewed 2 July 2018
Go first class, it's worth it.

We had booked coach for this trip. But after reading the reviews I took everyone’s advise and upgraded to first class. Defiantly the right choice. The seats are way more comfortable and the windows are much bigger. All in all, making it a better experience....More

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TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience. We will share your compliments to Marina. We are very fortunate to have such an amazing train staff.

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Didn't see any discounted tickets advertised. We bought tickets over the phone and picked them up at the Depot. I believe they offered Sr. and AAA discounts but not for sure. I would also recommend first class; nicer car... More
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