Taking a Ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad

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Bev is the co-founder of Staying Native. She left her corporate gig to be able to travel more with her young family. She loves traveling and likes to share her local experiences with others. As an amateur photographer, her stories come with lots of pictures. Bev is Staying Native's lead tweep, moderator of the "Do it like a local" blog and the curator of all things social media.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Verde Canyon Railroad says "It´s not the destination. It´s the journey." and I totally agree.  Celebrating 60 years of sharing the beauty of the Verde Canyon with its visitors, the journey is worth the fare in any season.

Reservations are highly recommended since the train is very popular.




Clarkdale and the Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad sign

The train depot is just a short roadtrip from Phoenix, located an hour and a half north of the city, in the town of Clarkdale.  The railroad was built by the United Verde Copper Company of Jerome in 1911-12 to transport goods from the town to Drake and Perkinsville.  Clarkdale itself was founded in 1912 as the company smelter town by the mine owner, William Clark.  The mine and smelter were the main industry in the area until 1953, when they were closed.

Verde Canyon Railroad Sycamore

The four hour train ride leisurely winds its way from Clarkdale to the Perkinsville ghost ranch through the beautiful Verde Canyon.  The ride out offers almost unlimited opportunites for spectacular photos.  The ride back to Clarkdale is made at a much quicker pace which makes it more difficult to get quality pictures of the scenery as it passes by.

Verde Canyon Railroad red hills Clarkdale Arizona

The Red Rocks of the Verde Canyon

Due to its proximity to Sedona, the canyon shares the same stunning red coloured rock.  During the tour, your guide will point out many interesting rock formations, wildlife and native fauna.  The open air viewing cars have plenty of seating are perfect for taking photos.

Verde Canyon Railroad Richard Nixon profile in the rock Clarkdale Arizona

Can you spot Richard Nixon´s profile in the photo above?

Verde Canyon Railroad red hills Abraham Lincoln profile Wilderness train ride

This rock profile is a dead ringer for Abraham Lincoln.

Whatever season you choose to take a ride, I´m sure that you will love the Verde Canyon. If you are up for it, you can easily add a visit to Sedona or Jerome (both of which are a short drive from Clarkdale) to complete your itinerary.

Verde Canyon Railroad in the valley red rock Wilderness train ride

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