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Verde Canyon


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Beautiful four-hour scenic tour by train. Bring a hat and coat during cooler months because you will definitely want to make use of the outdoor car. A pair of binoculars will assist in locating birds and other wildlife.

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Above: Views of the train and the terrain it travels through.

Known as Arizona's "other grand canyon", Verde Canyon is stunning in its beauty. Spring offers gorgeous displays of wildflowers and views of eagles' nests, fall provides a brilliant show of autumn colors and summer offers a blooming desplay of several varieties of Arizona trees. If you are lucky, you might catch an Arizona thunderstorm - truly one of nature's most spectacular performances.

The train leaves from Clarksdale, travels northwest to the ghost town of Perkinsville, then returns via the same route. The round trip takes approximately 4 hours.

Travel around red rock bluffs, over a trestle bridge and past Sinagua Indian ruins. Have your cameras ready for riparian wildlife and spectacular views of the famous red rocks rising up from Sedona.

For more information go to: Verde Canyon Railraod


From Phoenix, go north on I-17. Take exit 287 (Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale exit). Go west (left) over the freeway onto Hwy 260. Stay on 260 for approximately 14 miles. Turn left onto historic 89A - Main Street. Drive through the town of Cottonwood, and past the turnoff to Tuzigoot National Monument. Follow the sign to Verde Canyon Railroad, turning right onto Broadway. Cross the one-way bridge and park in the parking lot.

For detailed driving directions, go to:

accessible travel Accessibility
The train is wheelchair accessible for coach and first class. Coach: bench style seats facing forward. First class: comfortable couches that seat 2 adults and are arranged facing one another for a sociable gathering of four. The seating in first class provides much more space.

Motorized scooters and wheelchairs exceed the weight limit (400 pounds). Call 800-582-7245 or visit
Verde Canyon Railraod ( for more information.
travel with children Children
Both classes provide outdoor viewing cars - a fun place to be for "kids" of all ages. Passengers never leave the train during the voyage. Beverages and food are available for purchase (appetizers are free in first class and caboose). Snacks can be purchased at the train depot or on board the train in coach class.

Seating is arranged in conversational groups in first class; and two person bench seats on each side of the train in coach class.

Special trips are scheduled throughout the year which take advantage of scenery and conditions of the time.
travel with pets Pets
Pets are not allowed on the train, with the exception of service animals.