National “Plan Your Vacation” Day is January 29

Photo by Florian Schneider


Clarkdale, Sedona AZ-

It’s a new year and with it comes a fresh batch of vacation time.

Tragically, many Americans fail to use all of their vacation days each year. At Verde Canyon Railroad they are making it their mission to help you correct this problem. In conjunction with National Plan Your Vacation Day January 29, we present you with inspiration to incorporate Verde Canyon Railroad into your 2019 adventures.


An easy drive from metropolitan Phoenix, and not far from Sedona, Flagstaff or Prescott, Verde Canyon Railroad sits smack dab in the heart or Arizona, centrally-located and an easy drive for a day trip or a keystone to an expanded Verde Valley vacation.
Following the Verde River 20-miles into a scenic Arizona wilderness accessible only by train, the railroad offers something to suit every interest and age.


Photo by Nicolas Cool

Shutterbugs love the abounding photo-ops in the beautiful red-rock riparian canyon, the exceedingly rare ribbon where the high desert meets the river. Rich history is revealed around every curve of the tracks, built in 1912 to serve to copper mines out of nearby Jerome. Wildlife watchers can catch glimpses of canyon residents such as eagles, hawks, javelina, bear and deer during the ride. Those interested in hot-rod machines will appreciate our vintage equipment: mid-century passenger cars and classic locomotives. Foodies will enjoy savoring appetizers, private label wines and Arizona craft beers while the scenery streams past panoramic windows. Outdoorsy types love the access to open-air cars for total immersion in our wild western canyon.


Photo by Dino Reichmuth


In addition to the train’s standard four-hour excursion, special events dot the calendar and seasonal celebrations enhance the journey.

  • Chocolate Lover’s Special offers romance on the rails – Feb 14,15,16
  • Eagle Watch runs January through late Spring
  • Easter Bunny Express is Saturday, April 20
  • Summer Starlight Trains are one Saturday per month May through September
  • Ales on Rails runs September 17 – October 31
  • Fall Colors show up mid-October through Thanksgiving
  • The Magical Christmas Journey is Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in December
  • Year-round visits from Liberty Wildlife take place at the depot and on board the train


Photo by Tom Gainor


Don’t delay! Plan your vacation day! A stone’s throw from the hillside mining town of Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad’s Clarkdale depot is in the heart of the Verde Valley, a diverse crossroads featuring amazing adventures in every direction. Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad is a perfect addition to your Arizona vacation. Reservations may be made at or at 800.293.7245.

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