Board the Verde Canyon Railroad at Clarksdale, AZ for the ghost town of Perkinsville. The round trip train excursion will take 4 hours. The train rolls past towering, crimson cliffs close to ancient Indian ruins; over old-fashioned trestles and through a 680-foot tunnel. The historic route follows the Upper Verde River, a lush riparian habitat blessed with astonishing beauty. Step out onto the open air car to get fantastic views. An attendant shares knowledge and answers your questions. Don’t forget your camera. Each enclosed car has an informed guide giving expert narration. Cars have rest rooms and are climate-controlled.
The Verde Canyon, often referred to as “Arizona’s Other Grand Canyon”, unfolds with spectacular and colorful geology. The naturally chiseled rock formations named after their likenesses – elephant rock, Whistler’s Mother, Budweiser frogs and Dave’s guardian angel – entertain passengers thirsty for whimsy. “Turtle Rock,” with his head, shell and little turtle tail, is remembered by passengers traveling the Canyon in the 1920’s to have had the same namesake.
This is a leisurely activity level tour. Limited walking at your own pace. Few stairs are involved.
8:30AM depart Apache Junction
9:00AM depart Mesa Return late evening, 9:30 – 10:30 pm.
$149 Coach or $189 First Class…Escorted Tour includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, lunch and passage on the Verde Canyon Railroad. First class service, accommodating fewer passengers than coach, includes spacious living room-style seating near panoramic windows. Other first class amenities include a champagne toast upon departure, full service cash bar with premium liquors, service at your seats, and a variety of complimentary appetizers (not a full lunch). Coach service features Pullman-style seats, the historic seating arrangement that had characterized train travel since its inception. Convenient snack bars offer an assortment of refreshments.
Lunch from Copper Spike Cafe, at the train depot, is included. See details below. You may eat prior to boarding, or take your lunch on board the train. A dinner stop is made following the train tour, normally at the Sizzler in Cottonwood. You may dine there, or walk to a nearby restaurant of your choice (Dennys, Panda Express, Taco Belle and others).