Verde Canyon Railroad: Arizona’s Longest-Running Nature Show
Located in the red rock country near Sedona, Arizona, sandwiched between two protected national forests, Verde Canyon Railroad runs a rare ribbon of rail where dramatic high desert meets a precious riparian area. Since 1912 this heritage railroad has existed in harmony with the wilderness and its native inhabitants.
The scenic Verde Canyon features an abundance of native flora and fauna, high-desert rock faces and spectacular vistas, and is only accessible by rail. During this four-hour, 20-mile journey history comes alive above, below, and around every turn. Ancient Sinagua ruins stand sentinel over the tracks. Timeless trestles and bridges span side gorges, testaments to the hard work and ingenuity of the men who built them over 100 years ago. Blasted through solid rock, a 680-foot man-made tunnel envelopes passengers in total darkness before delivering the train back into glorious Arizona sunshine.
The train’s handsome FP7 locomotives, built by General Motors Electromotive Division in 1953, are two of only 10 remaining in North America.
There are three types of accommodations on the Verde Canyon Railroad – caboose, first-class and coach.
The exclusive caboose is designed for one private party of six or fewer adults. Its luxurious appointments include oversized chairs, large picture windows, cupola seating for a birds-eye view and private outdoor viewing platforms. A personal valet pours your complimentary Champagne upon boarding and serves sumptuous, freshly-prepared appetizers. Your choice of premium alcoholic beverages is available for purchase.
First-class passage, accommodating fewer passengers than coach, includes spacious living room-style seating near panoramic windows. Other amenities include a Champagne toast upon boarding, a variety of complimentary appetizers, full-service bars with premium beverages available for purchase during the trip and service at your seat.
Coach features traditional Pullman-style seating, the classic style that has characterized train travel from its inception. Convenient snack bars offer an assortment of refreshments.
Indoor cars are climate-controlled and each has a restroom. The train meets ADA requirements.
All cars access open-air viewing cars equipped with shaded canopies. Outdoor attendants well-versed in the canyon’s history, geology and wildlife share highlights and answer questions.