Verde Canyon Railroad Excursion - Coach Class Ticket

Verde Canyon Railroad Excursion - Coach Class Ticket

Travel on this most scenic train trip in the historic seating arrangement that has characterized train travel from its inception.

Vintage Pullman-style upholstered seats are near panoramic windows. Approximately 74 people ride comfortably in each individually designed car with convenient food and beverage centers which sell snacks, drinks and some alcoholic beverages.

Each car accesses a shaded open-air viewing car, which is like getting two seats for the price of one!

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Tour/Activity Details


3.5 hours


1:00 pm on selected dates
(Schedule varies by season - check availability calendar for specific dates)
During October, please order "Ales on Rails" for Thursday through Sunday trips.

72 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. No hotel pickups are available for this tour. Train Depot is located in Clarkdale, Arizona, which is approximately 25 miles from Sedona and approximately 100 miles from Phoenix. Please order online or call to order or for more information.


General Information:

Home to the American national symbol, the majestic bald eagle, Verde Canyon is accessible only by rail. The historic route is nestled between two national forests and adjacent to a designated wilderness area. This unique geological wonderland features rugged, high desert rock faces and spectacular panoramic views. This distinctive confluence of desert and wetland is populated by a variety of wildlife, which strives among the indigenous trees, shrubs, cactuses and wildflowers.

Passengers on this popular excursion train are enthralled as the eagle-decorated vintage engines roll past towering, crimson cliffs; near ancient Indian ruins; over old-fashioned trestles and through a 680-foot man-made tunnel on a four-hour round trip to deserted Perkinsville Ranch and back.

Expert narration and guides leave passengers with a sense of history, archaeology, geology, wildlife and the Indian lore of the Verde Canyon. Original music also is an integral part of the excursion that takes passengers through the longest-running nature show in Arizona.

Verde Canyon Railroad, nestled in the heart of the expansive Verde Valley is ideally located above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona high country.

Changing leaves add new color to many parts of Arizona each fall but nowhere do the branches blaze quite as brilliantly as they do along the Verde River. Photo opportunities are endless, or one may breathe in the crisp autumn air to appreciate the beauty of nature's dazzling display.

The Verde Canyon Railroad (formerly the Verde Valley Railroad, operated by the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railroad), was financed by Senator William A. Clark for a hefty $1.3 million. A miracle of engineering, the 38-mile line was built in just one year, from 1911 to 1912. It took 250 men using 200 mules, picks and shovels and lots of Dupont black powder explosives to lay these rails. Today, the same railroad would cost in excess of $38 million.

The smelter, which initiated the construction of the town of Clarkdale, named after Senator Clark, was located just below the Jerome mines. Used until 1952, the smelter had its final 400-foot high stack blown in 1962, signaling the end of an era and an industry on which a community had been built and prospered.

Vintage FP7 engines; two of only 12 such models remaining in North America, power all of Verde Canyon Railroad trains. Wildlife artist Doug Allen painted the bald eagle artwork on the engines. All passenger cars are climate-controlled with restrooms. All cars have panoramic windows and provide access to open-air viewing cars. Music and narration are provided throughout the excursion. The train and depot both meet ADA requirements.

Special Trains

Starlight Tours; Ride the trains under the star lit night! The canyon will come alive with nocturnal life. (2015 dates: June 18, July 16th, August 20th, September 17th)

Firecracker Express; Celebrate America with a picnic and good old-fashioned, patriotic music. (July 2nd)

Ales on Rails; There are parties and shindigs and then there is Oktoberfest, the grandest, most tuba-intensive bashes of them all. Of course Verde Canyon Railroad never misses out on a good time, so they roll out their popular Ales on Rails starting at 11:00 am every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October.

Year round highlights

  •  Spectacular geology, including a monocline fold
  •  Magnificent vistas on inner canyons
  •  Sinagua Indian ruins dating back to 600 A.D.
  •  Remnants of a bygone era of mining on which a community was built
  •  A lively and unpredictable riparian habitat, a life line to a variety of wildlife and waterfowl
  •  Unique railroad structures including S.O.B. canyon trestle and Perkinsville covered bridge
  •  Passage through a 680-foot, manmade tunnel

Schedule is subject to change without notice and departure times are dependent upon weather.

72 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. No hotel pickups are available for this tour. Train Depot is located in Clarkdale, Arizona, which is approximately 25 miles from Sedona and approximately 100 miles from Phoenix. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Rating & Reviews

Customer Ratings & Reviews

  • 5 / 5

  • 4 / 5
    4 Stars

  • 4 / 5
    The tour was interesting and informative... the inside seating was uncomfortable.

  • 3 / 5
    High cost for a long, fairly boring trip. I couldn't wait for it to be over. The weather was hot and the vegetation made it impossible to see anything.

  • 5 / 5
    Good value, would recommend

  • 5 / 5
    The trip was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed the eagle presentation!!!!

  • 4 / 5
    Loved the outdoor car

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Event Date:

March 23, 2018

Desired Time:

01:00 PM