The Verde Canyon comes alive with bright stars and the luminous glow of moon-kissed skies on Verde Canyon Railroad’s most popular
Saturday Night Starlight or Moonlight Tours.
STARLIGHT ILLUMINATES AND GRAPES ACCENTUATE SUMMER NIGHTS
This Saturday Evening Ride offers a very unique perspective of the Verde Canyon…under the stars!
Starlight rides are on select Saturdays each month May through September. Travel through the canyon amid the brilliant variation of colors at sunset and twilight. Starlight rides follow the new moon when the cosmic constellations are at their brightest.
The train’s popular Grape Train Escape (wine-tasting events) will take place as an optional upgrade in specific cars during the Starlight rides.
Saturday’s: May 15, June 12, July 10, August 7 and September 4
The moon glow means turn up the bass for Rhythm on the rails
This Saturday Evening Ride offers a very unique perspective of the Verde Canyon…under the moon’s glow!
The red rock canyon walls collide with the brightness of the full moon’s glow, illuminating the Verde Canyon in otherworldly fashion. Rhythm on the Rails, a rotating concert on board the train, features several different musical acts in syncopation with the sunset, moon rise and the clickety clack of steel wheels on the track.
Saturday’s: May 29, June 26, July 24, August 21 and September 18
It’s not just the stars that come out to play in Verde Canyon. On select Saturday evenings, the Verde Canyon Railroad departs the depot at 5:30 p.m.. As it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues. The train reaches the turn-around point of Perkinsville amid a scandalous sunset.
Indulge your senses with crisp canyon air, a meandering river and glorious red rock formations all serenaded by classic railroad tunes and the clickety-clack of wheels along the tracks of this historic wilderness route. Dance together to “The Locomotion” on an open-air car. Cheer as the train passes through the darkness of a 680-foot tunnel. Toast the reason with a prickly pear margarita. The fun is endless and it’s even better when you have a signature cocktail or hot beverage in hand.
The return trip offers a serene glimpse into the nocturnal wildlife set against a dazzling canvas of celestial bodies. As the sun slips behind distant mountains, cool air sweeps through the Canyon signaling the resident wildlife to begin their nightly rounds.