Historic train depot just outside Sedona, AZ.
In the glory days of the iron horse, the train station was typically the bustling hub of every small town across America. Those times may have passed but Verde Canyon Railroad is doing its part to ensure that they are not forgotten. An essential part of the Verde Canyon Railroad journey is time at the depot prior to departure. Open daily, the depot is home to Boxcar Gift Store, Copper Spike Cafe, Whistle Stop @ Milepost 38 and John Bell Museum.
Story Boards Educate and Excite Prior to Train Ride
Eye-catching additions to the Verde Canyon Railroad visitor experience are depot storyboards, overflowing with details on the Verde Canyon encounter, pioneer spirit and railroad lore, installed along the quarter-mile length of the depot’s loading platform. Visitors will gather fascinating facts about the many animals, plants and people that have imprinted the Verde Valley and the Canyon through which the train passes. Specifics on the railroad’s vintage FP7 locomotives and historic rail cars also are shared via storyboards.
“Your new interpretive signage is fantastic,” stated first-time visitor Dave Osborn. “As frequent visitors to National Parks and other national treasures, we found your signage and the content far superior to most. Excellent idea!”added Dave’s wife Zenita.
Railroad Memorabilia Shop
Shopping at the Boxcar Gift Store has never been more pleasurable. The quality selection of home décor, souvenirs and clothing representing the Railroad, Canyon and Southwest is irresistible. The Store also celebrates the artistry of local and regional artists in jewelry, sculpture and books. Saunter across the outdoor patio to visit the Whistle Stop @ Milepost 38 where you can purchase private label wines, brews and specialty foods.
Copper Spike Cafe in Clarkdale
The cafe has daily specials associated with the season along with their varied menu of Southwestern favorites. They specialize in hot and cold entrees for everyone, from the light eater to those with heartier appetites.
Lunches may be enjoyed on a canopied patio or packaged to be eaten on the train.
Verde Canyon Railroad Museum
A stroll down the sidewalk bordering the outdoor dining area leads to the John Bell Museum, a renovated boxcar housing Verde Canyon Railroad history and artifacts which spans more than a century. The depot and museum are open daily.