- 4 hours (Approx.)
Hop aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad for a 4-hour rail journey through the untouched and unspoiled Verde Valley. With first class seating, you will enjoy unobstructed views of Arizona’s geological wonders, wildlife, and archaeological finds of the ancient Sinagua people who once lived in the area.
- Rail Tour
- See native wildlife in their natural environment
- Family friendly
- Led by a local guide
- First class seating
- Champagne toast
- Entry/Admission - Verde Canyon Railroad
- Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
- DVD (available to purchase)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Verde Canyon Railroad
1pm; boarding is at 12:40pm.
Exceptions: Double Train dates offer two trips: 9:00am to 2:30pm. Morning train: 9:00am-1:00pm, Afternoon departure 2:30-6:30pm. If booking one of these dates, please advise of your preferred time in the Special Requirements field.
June, 2, 2018 July 28, 2018 August 25, 2018 September 15, 2018
Returns to original departure point
Daily at 1:00 p.m. except select Saturday evenings May through September
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.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We were on this Railroad two years ago and it was much better then. We were disappointed in the narration; hardly any. Two years ago we heard all kinds of information about the valley we went through. This year hardly anything. We were in Cottonwood first class coach and couldn’t hear anything thru the speakers. So we got moved to another first class coach and we were in there by ourselves (4 of us) and there were only 2 speakers working. That was Wickenburg coach. The speakers were not loud enough. The scenery was beautiful but you need to have more narration about the valley and get those speakers louder! Thank you.
We enjoyed the Ales on Rails event, but were so impressed by the entire experience we will return for every season! Plan to be in the open air car for the majority of the trip. You won't want to miss a thing!
Not an "adventure" per se, but a fine way to wile away 4 hours looking at great scenery and learning about the local geology et al AND be served Champagne and a light buffet!
Loved this train trip! Beautiful scenery and great service in 1st class car. Loved option of open cars. Would recommend trip to anyone visiting Arizona in the future!!!
I loved this tour! It was a great way to see the red rocks up close without hiking or taking a bumpy jeep tour. The vintage train car has comfy couches and a bar. It includes appetizers/snacks and plenty of water. Each indoor car also has it's own outdoor car so you get panoramic views as you travel through the canyon. And there is a bathroom in each car as well. It was a very relaxing ride. We got a great day which made the ride all the more enjoyable. There is a recording that reviews the history of the canyon on the indoor car but then there was a live tour guide on the outdoor car who provided more detail and answered any questions. If you're looking for a relaxing afternoon with some great views I would definitely recommend this tour. As a reference, we stayed in Sedona. We got up early and drove to see Montezuma Castle and Well, Tuzigoot, lunch break, then the railroad tour. So by the time we go on board we were reading to relax.
Our guide was very good.the scenery was fantastic and the sandwiches,wings and fruit hit the spot
Relaxing ride along the river and the landscape is gorgeous. Staff is friendly and informative.
Great experience - exceeded our expectations would definitely do it again in a different season.
Beautiful scenery! Informed and helpful crew. Will definitely consider a second trip!
I booked a trip in Sedona - Verde Canyon Railway. It was for today at 13:00. When I arrived by taxi 48 I was told that there was no 1pm train and that I had been booked on the 17:30 train, without my knowledge let alone my consent. I told that the later time would mean that it would be impossible to take the photos I had planned to take. the reply was that there would be sufficient light to take photos on the outbound part of the trip. Well it was not possible and I am furious. I would never have booked an evening trip. I am travelling alone and my interest was the scenery, and hopefully the wildlife. If I had wanted to sit on a train in the dark I could have done that in the UK and not paid to do so in US. I should have been given the choice to have a refund, or change to a different day. The evening trip was mainly for parties which as I was by myself made me feel bad. I choose the trip for information not to have a celebration.
Very disappointed that it was not round trip, very bored , turned around and all was the same view we had going out. Would not do again
The train was really fun and relaxing. I'm handicap and the staff was great and very helpful.
We had a great time! The scenery is beautiful, first class comfy! The folks that work on the railroad were all so nice and informative!
We enjoyed the train. We were really glad we did 1st class. Meet some really nice people and the views were beautiful!
Beautiful scenery. Great train and service! Great way to see some beautiful scenery and enjoy a train ride.