FAQ’s

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How much are tickets?

  • First-class (all ages): $79.95
  • Adult coach: $54.95
  • Senior (65+) coach: $49.95
  • Child (2-12 yrs old) coach: $34.95
  • Caboose (six adults [13 yrs and older] or less in one party): $600.00
  • Applicable taxes will be added
  • Special event pricing is available here.

Are there discounts available?

Members of AAA, AARP, Employee Network, ESM and the Military (retired and active) are eligible for a 10% discount.  Please call 800-293-7245 for reservations as discounts are not offered online.

Where does the train go?

The tracks follow the Verde River north and west of Clarkdale, Arizona to the ghost town of Perkinsville and back. The train follows the same route to Perkinsville back to Clarkdale.

When does the train leave the depot?

Most trains depart at 1 p.m. except select Saturday night train rides at 5:30 p.m. May through September. Please check the schedule here.

If it looks like rain or snow does the train still run?

Yes.

How long is the ride?

Approximately four hours, round-trip.

Why do I have to be there at noon?

The train accommodates over 400 passengers, all of whom are parking, using restrooms, picking up their tickets, browsing the gift shop, ordering lunch and visiting the museum. The train boards about 20 minutes prior to departure so we ask that you allow sufficient time.

Is there food for purchase?

Yes.  The Copper Spike Cafe is located at the depot, appetizers are included in first-class and caboose, and snacks are available for purchase in coach-class.

Are reservations required?

Yes. Reservations are highly recommended as many trains sell out in advance.

What days do you run?

Please see our schedule here.

What is the difference between first-class and coach?

First-class cars accommodate 24 to 40 passengers on plush upholstered furniture.  Full bar service at one’s seat is featured and appetizers are complimentary.  A Champagne (or sparkling cider) toast is offered upon boarding. Coach cars accommodate 74 passengers on traditional two-person seats on each side of a center aisle with a snacks for sale in each car.

Do you run all year round?

Yes.  Please check the schedule here.

Can I smoke onboard the train?

Smoking is allowed at the depot and at the Perkinsville turnaround on open-air cars while the train is stationary.  Attendants will supply ash cans for your convenience.

Can I take my own food and beverage on board?

No.

Do we get off the train?

Passengers remain on the train for the entire journey.

Is Verde Canyon Railroad wheelchair accessible?

We have wheelchair accessibility in both coach and first-class but motorized chairs/ scooters exceed the width/weight limit for the platform lift. The maximum weight for the lift platform is 400 lbs.

Guests may utilize personal manual wheelchairs as long as the width is no wider than 24.5 inches. We can provide, at no charge, a manual wheelchair. These wheelchairs have a weight limit of 250 lbs.

Whether using your own, or requesting the use of ours, please mention this special need when calling to make the reservation so the guest will be seated in an accessible car.

There are ADA restrooms in accessible cars.

Are there bathrooms?

Yes.  Each car is equipped with a restroom.

Is the train heated and/or air-conditioned?

Yes. All cars are climate-controlled.

Are pets allowed?

No. While a service animal is always welcome to join you, a dog or cat that is not a certified service animal will not be allowed.

Are firearms allowed?

No.  Firearms are not allowed inside the depot or on the train.

What are the appetizers in first-class?

Currently, the menu includes hot chicken wings, gourmet sandwiches slices, Caesar salad, fresh vegetable platter, cheese and crackers and brownie bites.

If I pay for a coach ticket, can I go into first-class to get appetizers and alcohol?

No.

Can we take more than six in the caboose?

The $600 fare is for six passengers or less.  Two additional people can be accommodated at an additional $100 per passenger, but the comfort level declines as there is only chair seating for six adults. It is encouraged that all caboose passengers be over 13 yrs. old.

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