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Stop At: Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324-2302
It’s not the destination, it’s the journey! Enjoy a luxurious train ride through a 20-mile wilderness area, along a wild and scenic river, only accessible by rail. For 3.5-hours, enjoy comfort and style, exceptional amenities and outstanding service in vintage rail cars on a century-old route. Wind your way through a red rock paradise, with tracks that hug the curves of the Verde River. Every season offers a different reason to ride!
Astonishing views of a wild and vibrant frontier, historic trestles, bridges and a 7000-foot tunnel are just a few of the highlights tucked into unusual rock formations, red rock pinnacles and towering crimson cliffs.
Majestic bald eagles and hawks float effortlessly on the breeze above Javelina, wild burros, jackrabbits and many other Canyon creatures, peacefully coexisting with this heritage railroad for more than 100 years.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Stop At: John Bell Railroad Museum, 300 N Broadway Verde Canyon Railroad Train Depot, Clarkdale, AZ 86324-2302
At the depot, be sure to visit the John Bell Museum, home to the railroad's history and artifacts from its early days, as well as a wealth of information on Clarkdale, Jerome and the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
Pass By: Verde River, Arizona
The train runs on the same tracks that were created following the Verde River back in 1911. The river is visible for most of your journey.
Pass By: S O B Canyon, Arizona 86324, USA
SOB Canyon and the 150 ft tall bridge are highlights of the trip. Looking back from the bridge and down the canyon is simply gorgeous!
Pass By: Perkinsville Ghost Town, Forest Road 318 Via Railroad - Verde Canyon RR, Jerome, AZ 86324
Discover the history of Perkinsville Ghost Town through on-board commentary on your train journey. This is the turn-around point of your trip.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Service animals allowed.
Infants must sit on laps.
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible.
Most travelers can participate.
Please Note: Special dietary options are unable to be accommodated.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
All complimentary first-class appetizers will be individually-packaged for customers.
Beautiful scenery. Snacks served were also good. It's a two way trip there and back - so basically the first 2 hours are the same as the last 2.
The train ride was very enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it, however having to print the ticket is very irritating for people who are traveling. We don’t carry a printer with us. Where do we go to get it printed? Stressful. We went on a Jeep ride the day before and the accepted a mobile ticket. Come on guys, catch up.
Abbey the bartender and Mark the historian were AWESOME. We felt very taken care of and those two made the trip and did an excellent job. The history was accurate and thoughtful and not cheesy. Abby is super nice and we felt so taken care of. I do not drink alcohol and she was so kind to look after me and see if I needed anything. She offered to make every drink non alcoholic and was so friendly. The trainee on board was pretty distracting to the group because she wasn't following the tone of the others, she was trying to make the ride a party. She didn't seem to care about the beauty and the surrounds, she just wanted a party. Whereas Abby and Mark were trying to make sure we were having a good time, learning about the history, and making sure our questions were being answering. 5 starts to Abby and Mark. The Trainee on board was as train wreck.
The gentleman that was the bartender was nice and friendly, it had body odor . Unpleasant when he was standing next to me taking my order
Such a relaxing day! Mark and Abbey were awesome!! We had great seats and enjoyed the snacks and drinks! The views were spectacular. Please give the tour guides microphones it is very hard to hear them when they are talking to so many people!
Not being allowed to carry my camera case on board. It is a small case which I transport my camera lenses. I wish I would have been warned when we picked up our tickets because they too saw my very small case.
Waaay too long. Although the post says 3 hr 30 min, you are supposed to get there at 12:00 for the 1:00 departure and then we didn't return until 4:50. If there was a lot to see, that would be great.... there is not. AND if you are on the Left side with the couches, there really is nothing to see. If on the couches side, which twice as many people are given it is 2 seats at a table on the right and 4 on the couches on the left, you have the mountains a couple yards from the window 75% of the time. If you thought, as I did, that it wasn't really an issue because we would have the side with the view on the way back, wrong again. The engine is moved to the front vs a turn around of the train so you get the poor view both directions! It is a long time to not see much. Yes, they have outdoor cars so hope it is a nice day to take advantage of that. Although you will be standing because if you sit, people come and stand right in front of you. Not the train's fault for that of course. I do drink alcohol but was a bit offended how much the car server was pushing alcohol- “you can get off the train, if you don’t want to drink” “we are here to party” and comments like that. It was rather aggressive. Recommendations to the operators: 1) let people book seats at the table for 2 and charge more for those seats which are without any question the better seats. Implied then to charge less for the couches, not only for the poor view but also if you are a party of 2 but you may also be stuck staring at 2 other people you really don’t like. Could be fun with some combinations and not so much other times. 2) increase the speed of the train to make the trip quicker. There are a couple spots where there are sights and still can reduce speed there and go faster for much of the rest. 3) Ask the car servers to be less aggressive in alcohol sales. Let everyone know what is available and have them make the decision instead of constantly shouting out about it.
The volcanic geology of the Verde Canyon is truly amazing! It was a wonderful "indoor" adventure on a cold and windy day!
This train ride through the canyon was beautiful and an easy way to see the desert land, tall rock mountains, and wildlife. The staff were super friendly and provided a lot of information about the area including historical details. We purchased the lunch prior to the trip and they provided cheese, crackers, variety meats, carrots and brownie bites. All food was very good. They have this trip well organized - it's done well! The family will enjoy!
Really a great tour of the Verde Canyon with a wonderful and interesting tour guide. Honestly words can't even describe it and I would highly recommend anyone visiting Arizona to make a stop in Clarkdale to go on this tour. A grand experience and absolutely worth it.
We had a great time on our 4 Hour train ride... the staff was incredible and we were surprised with a little Charcuterie that we each got to consume while on the train. The only thing that I would say they should look into is some kind of a turning mechanism for the train so that you weren't seeing the same thing on the ride through the canyon that you were coming back from the canyon. We did go outside to the open car but on the day that we were on the train it was pretty chilly out there. Otherwise fantastic trip
Was amazing to learn history and see beautiful views. The train experience was amazing, we loved it!!
The scenery is amazing. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and pointed out everything so we didn’t miss anything. I will be going again
This train ride is a fabulous way to enjoy the scenery without being jostled in a jeep or having to drive, plus because you're on a train you get to see the mountainsides up close and from a higher vantage point. The staff on the train were very knowledgable, and the recorded commentary and train-related soundtrack was both educational and entertaining (I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the music). The food tray was much better than I'd expected too. By the final hour or so, I was pretty sceneried-out, but even just sitting in the seat and reading my Kindle was pleasant!
We had two eagle sightings along the way! It was great to see them in the wild. The only issue or annoying thing was that the narration was never in sync with the location and was turned up so loud we had trouble hearing each other.
Great little adventure for couples or families. I would recommend if you are a couple to get the two seat seating rather than the live seats. You will see more. Make sure you are ready to take Pics with your phone or camera. Do not wear hats on the train especially in the open air car as they will fly off, Good id you like to see wildlife and beautiful American scenery.
Great views and excellent staff. Super comfortable ride. The outdoor cars are an excellent feature. Highly recommend.
The staff makes the experience special. The crew that worked the flagstaff car on 1/18/22 were outstanding.
Fun activity if you like history and landscape. There is assigned seating on the train, so you don't have to get in line first and try to get a "good" seat. The cars are really nice and comfy and there is an outdoor observation car outside every car so you can really see the landscape and get great photos. The staff on the train are so nice and they had an awesome "guide" out on our observation car (Thanks, Larry!). They give you a little champagne toast after you get on and then they give every passenger a really nice appetizer plate. There is a cash bar on the train with all kind of great drinks and wine and beer. The landscape is stunning and you go through a dramatic tunnel. This is a really fun and different thing to do. We enjoyed the little museum ahead of time also. The sandwiches in the grill at the station are awesome, also! The train ride was about 4 hours.
Unfortunately booking through Viator, set us up for failure. The confirmation email and tickets did not state you have to arrive 45 minutes ahead of the scheduled trip. We arrived at the time of departure and because of this we were unable to board the train and missed the experience. The gal at the depot said this happens all the time to people when booking through Viator. Lastly, Viator states there is a shuttle service available although it’s not included their fee. The gal at the depot said there is no shuttle service and it creates confusion for a lot of their guests. Hopefully we will get to experience the adventure on our next trip and or get refunded.
The scenery and train crew were fantastic. The wildlife was beautiful and the trip along the Verde River was awesome.
It was a lot of fun. Everyone should do it. Put it on your bucket list! The scenic views were amazing. Carolyn, our car hostess, was a lot of fun, and very attentive. Loved the whole experience.
Enjoyed the scenery and the narrative on the history of the area. Our entire family had a great time on the train.
This was one of the most special things we did on our Christmas trip to Sedona. There were 7 of us and all agreed it was wonderful and magical. We did not have to wait at all and everyone involved in the tour was super great. We were expecting snacks but we were surprised to be served much more than a snack. It was delicious. It was also fun ordering drinks to enjoy during the view. We would do it again in a heartbeat.
The train was great! The seating was very comfortable and we all enjoyed our food tray which was more substantial than we anticipated. The journey through the Valley Verde is very beautiful and being able stand in the open carriage was fun if rather chilly in December. We took the trip during the Covid pandemic and we 3 older adults were very unconscious with the almost all of the other passengers not adhering to the face mask advice which was also ignored by the crew. So if you feel concerned about Covid-19 do not travel. Our other issue was the volume of the constant train/rail related ‘music’ which was blasted out non stop for the duration. Also the crew member on our carriage who doubled as a bar tender and guide was extremely shouty with his commentary which was peppered with pretty rubbish jokes. We did not enjoy the noise on board this train. A similar train trip in New Zealand provides headsets which allowed passengers to choose whether they wanted the commentary and or music which we enjoyed a lot more. Maybe the Val Verde rail could consider this option.
Verde canyon is not that great sightseeing. Most of Arizona is much more beautiful. Train host was nice, and told us good stories. However, it's not worth $110 per ticket. It may be more beautiful during summer, but definitely not so much during winter.
We loved this train ride through the Verde canyon! Our two children (8&10) also had a great time. The snack was very nice ( crackers, cheeses & fruit), couches super comfortable and the open cart super nice to catch a glimpse of the outdoors. The guide was super knowledgeable about the history of the area which made the ride that much more interesting. Highly recommended!
The Verde Valley train was well worth it. We had tickets that provided a large charcuterie board with cheese, crackers, meat, grapes, strawberries, and brownies, champagne toast. There was a cash bar with tasty drinks. Get the upper Verde margarita! Take that drink outside in one of the outdoor cars to get the full experience through the valley. We spent most the time outside but the inside had comfortable seating areas with couches or large lounge chair. The bathroom on train was nicer than expats well.
Great family activity. We are train enthusiast and have never ridden outdoor train carts. They were wonderful! The scenery along the rail was awesome and the storytelling nice. Our hosts were fun and really added to the experience.
Wonderful experience in every way; great staff who was knowledgeable and made us laugh, amazingly beautiful scenery, comfortable cabin, appetizers and yummy cocktails. All the way around great day, we’re so glad we came and look forward to doing it again.