At the Depot
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 complex prior to departure.
Come Early, Stay Late
Verde Canyon Railroad’s southwestern-style depot, grounds and museum (located in an old boxcar) are open daily. The depot is home to Boxcar Gift Store, Copper Spike Cafe and John Bell Museum. Storyboards line the track so there is plenty to see and do before and after the train ride.
Storyboards Educate and Excite
Eye-catching storyboards, overflowing with details on the Verde Canyon encounter, pioneer spirit and railroad lore, line 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.
No Tacky Souvenirs Here
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.
Copper Spike Cafe in Clarkdale Depot
Enjoy a railtastic lunch, prepared to your liking at the Copper Spike Cafe located in the depot. The cafe has daily specials associated with the season along with a varied menu of Southwestern favorites. The cafe specializes in hot and cold entrees to delight anyone’s taste, from the light eater to those with heartier appetites. Copper Spike Cafe MENU
Lunches may be enjoyed on a shaded patio or packaged to be eaten on the train.
First Class and Caboose Appetizers
The delicious first class and Caboose appetizers are freshly-prepared daily in the Copper Spike Cafe kitchen. Fruits, cheeses, proteins and dessert are 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.
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.