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Address: 300 N Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324-2302
Phone Number:
+1 800-293-7245
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Verde Canyon Railroad is a Southwestern adventure that takes passengers on...

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.

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Really relaxing trip and quite enjoyable

We took the train trip and opted for first class! Service in first class was good, with finger foods and a glass of champagne. One could also purchase cocktails, beer and wine... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not worth the price. Very disappointed. Staff kept pointing out the different rocks that looked like animals. Not really much history. Positive note: clean & friendly staff Just not worth the $$$

Thank Lenora B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took the train trip and opted for first class! Service in first class was good, with finger foods and a glass of champagne. One could also purchase cocktails, beer and wine. Enjoyed the views along the Verde river and the red rocks and other rock formations along the route. The right side of the train definitely had better views!

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This another memorable adventure. The host was informative and very entertaining! The rock formations, The nesting bald eagles, and the original Walmart...ha ha! The staff really kept us happy. If you have physical issues, keep in mind it's a bit jostling and it moves you about in you seat. It's a long winding ride. You can sit outside in an... More 

Thank queenofscots59
Kearney, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a delightful ride in one of the first class train cars through the beautiful Verde Canyon. The day was cloudy and a bit cool but the views of the red and gold canyons were very pretty. We saw the winding Verde River way below the train tracks. It was fun to sit with friends in the car, be... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very disappointing, paid the first class price and were jammed at the very back on chairs with no room at all. Told they were full, so they jammed us in at full price? Wow should have had 4 in the party and would have had nice couches. Because we were 2 were put on chairs packed into the second class... More 

Thank 104sebastian
Chandler, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I took the train as kind of a spontaneous thing to do while we were in the area. We did the first class accommodations which were a little pricey for what you get frankly. Included in the first class section were nice chairs and tables, seating like in a living room. They give you about 2 ounces... More 

Thank Pat K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked first class, and it was worth it. The seats are spacious and comfortable, and first class is adjacent to the open cars, where the viewing of the spectacular scenery is best. Don, our guide, was excellent. We learned a lot, and we saw a lot.

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Ortonville, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our two and a half year old grandson is a train aficionado and he was delighted with this train ride. He was absolutely enthralled. We loved the gorgeous scenery and the yummy snacks. Our guides were delightful. This is a trip for everyone. So glad we signed up.

Thank Sue S
Oneonta, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Verde Canyon Railroad is an attraction normally chased by those of us who are 55+. We brought 17 college students to this adventure in January 2017. They readily embraced the history and the well-expressed natural and human narrative that is part of this experience. The support staff are incredibly knowledgeable, and the open cars on the train mean that... More 

Thank Larry M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this train trip with Detours out of Phoenix. Our tour included a good lunch and a great train ride through Verde River Canyon, with wonderful train songs playing on the speakers the whole trip. Each railroad car had its own docent giving us history and scenic information all along the way. The train was very comfortable and we... More 

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