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Verde Canyon Railroad Clarkdale

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Verde Canyon Railroad
300 North Broadway
Clarkdale
AZ
86324
Tel: 800-320-0718

Directions

From Sedona: Allow 40 minutes for the drive. Go southwest toward Cottonwood on Hwy 89A to Cornville Road/Mingus Avenue. Turn right on Mingus Avenue and proceed west 1.8 miles to North Main Street (Historic 89A). Turn right and continue on Main Street through Old Town Cottonwood, past the turnoff for Tuzigoot National Monument until you see a sign on the corner that says \"Verde Canyon Railroad.\" Bear right onto Broadway, cross the one-lane bridge and park in the designated parking across the street from the depot. From Phoenix: Allow at least two hours for the drive. Take I-17 north to exit 287 (Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale). Turn left (west) over the freeway. Go on Highway 260 (approximately 14 miles to the fifth traffic light). Turn left at light. This is Main Street (Historic 89A). Drive through Old Town Cottonwood, past Tuzigoot until you see a sign on the corner that says \"Verde Canyon Railroad.\" Bear right onto Broadway, cross the one-lane bridge and park in the designated parking across the street from the depot.

Where are we going today?

The Verde Canyon Railroad is often referred to as the finest train ride in Arizona and acclaimed as Arizona's longest-running nature show. The remote wilderness of the Verde Canyon, located west of Sedona and below Jerome, is renowned for its towering red rock pinnacles and clean, green waters. The train rolls past Indian ruins, through a 680-foot man-made tunnel, over old-fashioned trestles and under clear azure skies. This picturesque setting is further enhanced by the variety of indigenous flora and fauna and the many migrating waterfowl. Over thirty bald and golden eagles winter in this riparian respite each year. Passengers enjoy this four-hour scenic train ride in first-class style aboard renovated passenger coaches and open-air viewing cars pulled by vintage locomotives.
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    This was definitely a fun experience! For me, the first class tickets were definitely worth it for the comfortable table seating, both of us having a window seat, and the less crowded car.

    I didn't like being told to arrive so early, when there was really nothing to do but wander around the crowded gift shop or the tiny HOT museum, or sit in the heat (if you could find a seat) waiting to board.

    Once on the train, though, the experience was really fun. The service was terrific, the drinks were great, and the snacks were good and substantial enough...Read More

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    We've lived here in Cottonwood for over 11 years, and this was our first trip on the railroad. Our daughter, son in law and 5 year old granddaughter traveled with my husband and I, and we had an absolutely wonderful time! It was Octoberfest, so my son in law had fun tasting the different beers at the station, and we all enjoyed the bratwurst sandwiches. We chose to travel in a first class car because of the freedom to move around, especially for our granddaughter. It was worth every extra penny for us. The attendant, Debra, was lots of fun, and...Read More

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    Great place to work. Seven Days a week in October and November are quite stressful though. Should absolutely do the trip once a lifetime!

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    Fantastic! I recommend that you pay the small extra amount for First Class; the open cars are less crowded, and of course the seating is better (although you'll spend most of your time out on the open car).

    The scenery is breathtaking, and geologically fascinating. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We were fortunate to go on a day when a bald eagle (and her handler) visited every car, and they had other raptors to admire at the station.

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    Awesome experience for every age! My wife surprised me with this first class trip and we traveled from Phoenix to make this happen. It was well worth the trip and a day well spent. The crew and station employees all go out of their way to ensure you have as pleasant and relaxing experience as possible. As a train/rail fan I was especially excited to make this trip and the scenery was as breathtaking as any I have ever experienced. Come visit the "Little Grand Canyon" for your own unforgettable experience! I know I'll be back again!

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by Allyson White

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This was definitely a fun experience! For me, the first class tickets were definitely worth it for the comfortable table seating, both of us having a window seat, and the less crowded car.

I didn't like being told to arrive so early, when there was really nothing to do but wander around the crowded gift shop or the tiny HOT museum, or sit in the heat (if you could find a seat) waiting to board.

Once on the train, though, the experience was really fun. The service was terrific, the drinks were great, and the snacks were good and substantial enough to be a meal. (And, of course, the views were terrific, and I liked listening to the train music & informative voiceover.)

by Jacque Coombs

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We've lived here in Cottonwood for over 11 years, and this was our first trip on the railroad. Our daughter, son in law and 5 year old granddaughter traveled with my husband and I, and we had an absolutely wonderful time! It was Octoberfest, so my son in law had fun tasting the different beers at the station, and we all enjoyed the bratwurst sandwiches. We chose to travel in a first class car because of the freedom to move around, especially for our granddaughter. It was worth every extra penny for us. The attendant, Debra, was lots of fun, and oh so helpful, the seating was very comfortable for all of us, the food was plentiful and filling (I think we should have skipped lunch beforehand!), and we enjoyed our time in the observation car. We will definitely be taking this trip again, maybe during a different season to see more wildlife.

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