Rail Hospitality at Verde Canyon Railroad
Posted by Teresa Propeck on January, 25 2019

A Human Experience Aboard a Historic Railroad

In the 21st Century it is commonplace for modern humans to spend a good portion of their days interacting with computers. From the self-check-out at the grocery store to the ATM teller at the bank folks are navigating their days via keyboards and touch-screens rather than interacting with other humans. Verde Canyon Railroad, a historic train adventure based in Clarkdale, Arizona, still believes in people passionately serving people.

From the first phone call answered by a cheerful and helpful reservation agent right here at the railroad depot, to the final moments of the journey, arriving back from a people-based adventure all the while being catered to by courteous car attendants, passengers take away with them the memory that this heritage railroad was truly a human experience.

Dating back to 1912, Verde Canyon Railroad whisks visitors back to a different time, unencumbered by the internet or cell phone signal, into a wild and flourishing riparian canyon full of amazing scenery, wildlife, and ancient ruins. The lack of smart-phone service just means the train dominates in customer service. Passengers in first class have access to premium beverages and comfortable living-room style seating arrangements, all while enthusiastic attendants share a wealth of fascinating canyon lore.

Real rails, real people, and a real adventure make the Verde Canyon Railroad a feast for each of the senses. The historic rail line was once a treasured connection between the booming copper mines of Jerome and distant civilization. Today, deemed an Arizona Treasure by the state of Arizona, passengers relax in plush comfort as the train rumbles into this same, untouched terrain where eagles soar from the edges of deep red cliffs, and the perennially flowing Verde River weaves a sinuous path through the high desert.

A stone’s throw from the hillside mining town of Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad’s Clarkdale depot is in the heart of the Verde Valley, a diverse crossroads featuring amazing adventures in every direction. Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona day trip. Reservations may be made at verdecanyonrr.com or at 800.293.7245.

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It’s not the destination; it’s the human journey

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