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VERDE CANYON RAILROAD, Clarkdale, AZ

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Are you looking for the Grand Canyon Railway tours?  We have information posted here.

What’s the difference? The Verde Canyon Railroad is more affordable and can be done as a day trip from Sedona or Phoenix, while the Grand Canyon Railway usually requires an overnight stay at Williams or Flagstaff.

The Verde Canyon Railroad travels on a 38-mile line through some of the most scenic and remote areas in Arizona.  Originally established for the copper mining industry, today the railroad travels from Clarksdale, Arizona to the ghost ranch of Perkinsville for a truly historic adventure.  You’ll have a 15-minute stop at a ghost ranch before the train heads back to the depot.

This is an excellent day trip from Sedona and most tours are accessible from Phoenix without an overnight stay.   Many times, even last minute trips can be accommodated. This is an excellent tour for families.

There are a variety of tours offered throughout the year, most providing experiences unique to the Verde Canyon Railroad.

HOW TO PLAN A TRIP

STEP ONE.  Decide on lodging.

You’ll need to decide if you are doing a day trip, or want an overnight.  From Phoenix, Clarkdale is approximately 2 hours away (MAP HERE), making most afternoon tours accessible.  Many people opt for an overnight after their return.  You’ll want to look for hotel rooms in Cottonwood, Clarkdale or Jerome.  We have listings here.  If you are going on to other destinations, you can usually drive as far as Flagstaff after the return.  Tusayan and the Grand Canyon are about 3 hours away.  This can be a bit much for one day.

If you are staying in Sedona, allow approximately 40 minutes travel time and please arrive one hour prior to departure. We have listing of Sedona properties here

STEP TWO.  Choose a class of service.

2011 RATES

Choose either Coach, First Class or Caboose.

Coach Class, $54.95 Adults; $34.95 Children; $49.95 Seniors (over 65). 

Features Pullman style seating with two coach seats on either side of the aisle. 

Climate controlled cars with restrooms. Snack bar available.  Seating is not assigned.

First Class, $79.95 Adults, Children and Seniors. 

Six first-class cars feature living room-style seating, a cash bar, complimentary appetizers, champagne upon boarding, beverage service to all seats during trip, and fewer passengers. 

Climate controlled cars with restrooms.  Seating is not assigned.

Caboose, $600, max 6 passengers, no children under 13. 

Private car featuring a personal valet, sumptuous appetizers, premium beverage service and two private outdoor viewing platform and a birds-eye view from one of two cupola seats. 

Climate controlled cars with restrooms.

STEP THREE.  Choose a date of travel.

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You can take a general round trip tour.  These depart at 1 p.m. and return at 5 p.m.  Tours depart on most days except Tuesdays.    Select one of the calendars at the right to see the train schedule for that month.

SPECIAL EVENTS 2011

Special events are scheduled throughout the year in conjunction with a general round trip train ride.

Eagle Watch - December through March -- See magnificent bald and golden eagles in the natural habitat.  Over 72 different species of birds migrate to the Verde Canyon.

Chocolate Lovers’ - February 9 -14 - Combine the train trip with a special chocolate tour (rate is $89.95 per person).

Spring in Bloom - March and May - This is a great take to view the wildflowers and cactus in full bloom.

Lucky Leprechaun Express - March 17 - Traditional Irish fare, music and good cheer served for this one day only.

Easter Bunny Express - March 24 - a favorite with the kids, an appearance of the Easter Bunny and candy.

Eaglets - April - May - Watch as new eaglets test their wings and take to flight.

Cinco de Mayo - May 5 - Party with Mariachis, margaritas and Mexican beer.

Throw Mama and Papa on the Train - Mother’s Day May 8 & Father’s Day June 19 - Complimentary gifts for every Mom and Dad.

Grape Train Escapes - June 18, July 16, August 13, September 10 - Every wine-tasting will be a new experience, featuring unique wines and food from around the world, $119 per person

Tequila Tasting Train - June 18, July 16, August 13, September 10 - Experience a variety of Mexico’s national spirit, Tequila, fro the botanical name of the cactus Agave Tequilana (I bet you didn’t know that). $89.95 per person

Starlight Tours - June 18, July 16, August 13, September 10 - Escape the ordinary with an evening ride, where canyon breezes cool the Arizona heat.

Firecracker Express - July 3 - Celebrate with a barbecue and all American grandeur of the Verde Canyon.

Grandparents’ Day - September 11 - She this magical journey with your grandparents.

Fall Color Tour - October - November - Enjoy the striking blends of scarlet, amber, crimson and gold when cooler fall temperatures arrive.

Ales on Rails - Every Weekend in October - Enjoy specialty beers, brats, and other Oktoberfest style fare.

Haunted Halloween Express - October 31 - Treats, candy, costume judging and prizes.

Santa Claus Express - December - Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus during the four-hour scenic excursion.

Looking for a date further in the future?  Send us an email and we’ll check availability for you.

STEP FOUR.  Decide on optional Chuckwagon Dinner Show.

You may add an optional chuckwagon dinner show at the Blazin’ M Ranch.  Gates open at 5 p.m., with an all -you-can eat dinner served at 6:30 p.m.  Before the meal, you can stroll through the western town and enjoy activities such as a pony ride, shooting gallery, train ride, horseshoe pits, a mechanical roping horse, friendly farm animals. Or have your photo taken at the old time photo studio. 

Dinner of barbecued beef or chicken, baked potato, biscuits, beverage and dessert is served in a climate controlled barn. Vegetarian meals available upon request. After dinner, you can enjoy the hour-long stage production of cowboy music, comedy and storytelling.

Adults, $34.95, Senior, $32.95; Children, $24.95

RESERVATIONS

A credit card is required to secure your reservation and will be charged at the time of booking.  You may cancel for a full-refund 48 hours or more prior to arrival (information will be provided in your confirmation).

VERDE CANYON RAILROAD RESERVATIONS

 

All rates and amenities subject to change.

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