How much are individual tickets?
- Exclusive Cab Ride-Along for one person (18 yrs and older): $350.00 – On the calendar October 2021
- Caboose (six adults [13 yrs and older] or less in one party): $850.00
- Passenger Tickets (all ages): $99.00
- Grape Train Escape (wine-tasting): [must be 21 yrs and older] $139.00 p.p.
- Rhythm on The Rails (musical event on the train): $125.00 p.p.
- Chocolate Lovers’ Special (offered over the extended Valentine’s weekend): $139.00 p.p.
Rates are subject to applicable taxes and fees – Verde Canyon Railroad seeks to preserve, conserve and protect the environment, wildlife, equipment and artifacts of historical significance through a $10.00 preservation fee added to the price of each ticket.
Is the train offered year round, what days do you run and when does the train leave the depot?
Yes. Please see our schedule here. Most trains depart promptly at 1 p.m., except select Saturday night train rides at 5:30 p.m. May through September. Passengers must check-in 30 minutes prior to the departure time or risk missing the train.
Description of Seating
Each exclusively-decorated, passenger car accommodates 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.
Late Arrivals and Missed Trains
The scheduled departure time for Verde Canyon Railroad is 1:00 p.m. We are aware that traffic, accidents and other incidents can impact arrival time for some passenger and we ask your understanding with knowing that the train cannot wait for one party. If you have not arrived at the train depot by 12:45 p.m. we will attempt to contact you. This is why we request your mobile phone number when making a reservation. If we have contact with you and you cannot arrive on time we will extend the use of your “train ticket” for up to one year, giving you time to reschedule your ride. Any pre-ordered food purchases, which will be waiting for you at the train depot, will not be refunded or rescheduled. If you arrive at the train depot after the train has departed you may enjoy your pre-ordered lunch on the patio.
Are reservations required?
Yes. Reservations are highly recommended as many trains sell out in advance.
Can different families, with individually online-booked reservations, be seated together?
Yes. These reservations can be booked separately online and a “special request” can be added during checkout to note the confirmation number you would like your reservation to be seated with. A request made the day of travel will be considered but cannot be guaranteed. If you would like to call 800-293-7245, in advance of travel date, to arrange multi-party seating we will do our best to accommodate you.
Reservations with odd number of tickets or any amount less than four
Our seating is configured in even number of 2 or 4, with facing couches accommodating 4 people and 2 chairs and a table accommodating a pair. In order to oblige the high volume of reservation requests, there will be times when non-associated parties of 2 will be seated across from another party of 2. A coffee table separates your seats. To ensure that an odd number of people in your party sit together, you may consider purchasing an extra seat.
Can the train accommodate groups?
Yes. Reservations for group events can be made by calling 877-674-3835.
Your credit card will be charged for the full amount within 24 hours of receiving your booking.
Our cancellation policy is:
- A full refund is given if cancelled for any reason 48 hours prior to your ride.
- If cancelled within 48 hours before departure, you may re-book to another date without penalty.
- Cancellations outside this policy and no-shows are not refunded.
A portion of all train ticket revenue is donated to Liberty Wildlife Raptor Rescue program.
Are there discounts available?
Members of AAA, AARP, Corporate partner companies and the Military (retired and active) are eligible for a 10% discount when booking directly with Verde Canyon Railroad.
Employee Network (CORP)
Please note: there are no discounts offered in conjunction with special events such as Rhythm on the Rails and The Magical Christmas Journey™.
Where does the train go?
The tracks follow the Verde River north and west of Clarkdale, Arizona. The route is approximately 20 miles to the ghost town of Perkinsville. The train follows the same route from Perkinsville back to Clarkdale.
If it looks like rain or snow does the train still run?
How long is the ride?
Approximately 3.5 hours, round-trip.
What time should we arrive for our train trip?
We suggest you arrive at the train depot by 11:30 a.m. for 1:00 p.m. departures or by 4:00 p.m. for 5:30 p.m. departures. There are expansive storyboards along the tracks that offer pre-ride information on the history, wildlife and terrain of the Canyon. Our train museum holds artifacts reflective of our 100+ years of history. The train accommodates 375 passengers, all of whom are parking, using restrooms and picking up their tickets. The train boards approximately 30 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, and the menu will tempt your taste buds with a wide variety of all-inclusive meals. Individually-packaged, southwestern-inspired appetizers are included.
What are the appetizers?
Freshly-prepared appetizer trays include fruits, cheeses, proteins and dessert, all individually packaged and distributed upon boarding. Bottled water is available throughout the journey. These appetizers, while tasty and abundant, are not meant to be a meal.
Can I take my own food and beverage on board?
No outside food or beverage is permitted. If you have dietary restrictions, please inquire about alternate considerations.
Can I smoke onboard the train?
NO – PURSUANT TO A.R.S. § 36-601.01 and DUE TO STATE FIRE RESTRICTIONS we are not allowing smoking of any kind onboard the train. This includes, but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, vape equipment or electric cigarettes.
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. Most motorized chairs and 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, the use of a manual wheelchair. These wheelchairs have a weight limit of 250 lbs.
- Due to the historic nature of the Caboose it is not ADA compliant.
Whether using your own wheelchair, or requesting the use of ours, please mention there is a wheelchair in the reservation when calling so the party will be seated in one of our accessible cars. There are ADA restrooms in accessible cars.
Are there bathrooms?
Yes. Each car is equipped with a restroom, and there are ADA restrooms in accessible cars.
Is the train heated and/or air-conditioned?
Yes. All cars are climate-controlled.
No pets are allowed on the train
“Service Animals – Verde Canyon Railroad is in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and permits services animals in the facility. Emotional support, comfort and companionship are NOT covered tasks defining the function and use of a service animal under the law.
Please answer these two questions regarding the use of your service dog:
- Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
- The service animal must be harnessed or on a leash, house broken, and under control of the owner at all times.
- The service animal must remain on the floor and is NOT allowed on any furniture at any time. The service animal cannot be held by the owner.
- If the service animal disrupts the journey for anyone else we will have to consider alternative seating options for the service animal and owner.
Please refer to https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html#gen and http://www.azleg.gov/ars/11/01024.htm for more information.
Pet Sitting Services
For your convenience there are two dog sitting facilities available near Verde Canyon Railroad.
24 E Cottonwood St
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Hours: 8AM–12PM, 4–5:30PM
Canine Country Club
1461 E Cherry St
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(please tell them you are riding the train as they will wait for you after 5:00 p.m.)
Are firearms allowed?
No. Firearms are not allowed inside the depot or on the train.
Can we take more than six adults in the caboose?
The $850.00 fare for a regularly-scheduled train ride is for six passengers or less. Up to two additional people can be accommodated at an additional $125 per passenger. For the $500 Magical Christmas Journey caboose the cost for up to two additional passengers is $100 per person. 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.
Policy on photography or filming at Verde Canyon Railroad Property
The use of drone photography/video filming is prohibited aboard Verde Canyon Railroad.
There is no access allowed to the train tracks. Train tracks are for trains. Please stay off!
Photography for commercial use, or gain, requires prior authorization. Contact Teresa Propeck at 623-374-3185, or firstname.lastname@example.org PRIOR to arriving at train depot. This includes engagements for commercial gain or profit such as movie films, commercial television productions, photography for commercial advertisements and wedding or group staging.
Train Passenger Photography Consent and Disclaimer
If a Train Passenger (PAX) creates, uploads, posts or sends any photography or video footage depicting or relating to Verde Canyon Railroad (VCRR), PAX grants VCRR and its affiliates the irrevocable, unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable and transferable right and license to use, display, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish and distribute for any purpose in any media, collateral or promotional effort. PAX also agrees to not exploit any photographs or video footage of VCRR for any commercial purpose without VCRR’s prior written consent.
Terms and Conditions of Passage
In recognition of the relative risks and benefits of this train ride, all passengers agree that the liability of the Railroad, its officers, directors, members, managers, employees, parents, subsidiaries, assigns, and agents, in connection with train ride, resulting from any negligent acts, errors, or omissions of the Railroad, its officers, directors, members, managers, employees, parents, subsidiaries, assigns ,and agents, or any economic or non-economic loss experienced in relation to the train ride, is limited to the total fees actually paid by the passenger to the Railroad for the train ride.