Verde Valley, Arizona

Verde Canyon Railroad

We booked tickets on the Verde Canyon Railroad, in the first class car. The Verde Canyon Railroad is nestled in the heart of the expansive Verde Valley, which is only accessible by rail. The railroad was opened in 1912 to transport copper from Jerome to Drake and closed in 1988. In 1990 it started up again as a tourist train, on the historic and scenic route from Clarkdale to the ghost ranch of Perkinsville. It is a four hour and 40 mile round trip along the Verde River and features rugged crimson high desert rock faces and spectacular panoramic views that we enjoyed from the open car. We also saw from this car Sinagua Indian ruins and went through a 680 foot man-made curved tunnel. It was a fun train ride and the four hours flew by. Continue reading