The Verde Canyon Railroad’s four-hour rail trip takes passengers on a 20-mile journey through exciting geology swathed in railroad history. The train’s handsome FP7 locomotives, built by General Motors Electromotive Division... More
The Verde Canyon Railroad’s four-hour rail trip takes passengers on a 20-mile journey through exciting geology swathed in railroad history. The train’s handsome FP7 locomotives, built by General Motors Electromotive Division in 1953, are two of only 10 remaining in North America. These iron horses provide the muscle that powers the consist of restored vintage passenger cars through the picturesque Verde Canyon’s native flora and fauna, rugged, high-desert rock faces and stunning vistas … only accessible by rail. The ride from Clarkdale to the turn-around point of Perkinsville is scheduled so passengers may enjoy the progress of daylight as it dances over the rippling green waters of the Verde River, across the canyon floor through canopies of foliage, and over the towering crimson cliffs under brilliant azure skies. History comes alive above, below and around every bend. Ancient Sinagua ruins cling to the canyon walls above the tracks. Sturdy trestles and sound bridges span deep gorges, a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of the men who built them over 100 years ago. A 680-foot manmade tunnel, blasted through solid rock, envelopes passengers in total darkness before delivering the train back into glorious Arizona sunshine. This bewitching scenery forms an unforgettable backdrop for the slow rolling journey of Verde Canyon Railroad. Every passenger, whether seated in coach, first class or the luxury class caboose, has two seats to enjoy – one inside with easy access to another on an open-air viewing car. All attendants, well-versed in the canyon’s history, geology and wildlife, share highlights and answer questions. Indoor cars are climate-controlled and each has a restroom. The train meets ADA requirements.