Verde Canyon Railroad

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From Sedona: Vintage Railroad Car Tour of Verde Canyon

1. From Sedona: Vintage Railroad Car Tour of Verde Canyon

Travel along a wild and scenic river, only accessible by rail that was first built in 1912. Enjoy comfort and style, exceptional amenities and outstanding service. Wind your way through a red rock paradise, with tracks that hug the curves of the Verde River.Relax in spacious living room-style seating near panoramic windows. Individually packaged, freshly made snacks of meats, cheeses, fruits and brownie bites are served at your seats. Full bar service is available in every car. Stroll around the train to open-air viewing platforms. Take in astonishing views of a wild and vibrant frontier, historic trestles, bridges, and a 7,000-foot tunnel. See nature tucked into unusual rock formations, red rock pinnacles, and towering crimson cliffs. Look up to see bald eagles and hawks float effortlessly on the breeze above Javelina. Keep an eye open for wild burros, jackrabbits and many other canyon creatures who have been peacefully coexisting with this heritage railroad for more than 100 years.

From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Canyon Rail Day Tour

2. From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Canyon Rail Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel lobby at 6 AM the morning of the tour from your accommodation in Phoenix or Scottsdale. Travel deep into the famous Verde Valley for your first stop at Montezuma Castle. This wonderous Native American delight is one of the most highly preserved monuments in the USA. Spend 40 minutes here and walk the grounds of this relic as you learn about its rich history. Then, head to the 2nd monument of Tuzigoot which was constructed by the same local Sinagua tribe as Montezuma Castle. Spend another 40 minutes here and walk around the grounds of the 40-room fortress.  Next, continue on to the historic copper mining town of Jerome where you can gaze upon the spectacular views of the Verde Valley down below. Spend about 1 hour walking around marveling at this well-preserved town which takes you back to the heyday of mining in the 1920s.  Finally, be taken to the depot for the grand finale of the tour - the historic Verde Valley Railroad. Board this iconic sightseeing train, traveling first class, at 1 PM. In the first-class cabin, enjoy a luxurious glass of champagne, sandwich, and chicken wing bar. Experience the Redrock sights and the local history shared by the narrator during a 3.5-hour train ride. Keep your eyes peeled for mines and Native American ruins. Return at around 4:30 PM and head straight back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

It was a wonderful trip. Great service and personal attention. Tasty appetizer onboard. The train car was extremely comfortable, great improvement from many years ago. We will repeat the trips with friends.

Went on the 5:30 PM train ride the views and stars made the ride beautiful. Nick and the bartender were very fun and informative. We enjoyed the appetizers and a bottle of wine !!!

It really was a great trip. Our host was wonderful. The only thing I have to say is that you are no where near Sedona like the trip is advertised.

Was very enjoyable and knowledgeable, wonderful scenery and great job by all!