Saturday Date NightsWild in the Canyon
Posted by Teresa Propeck on April, 20 2021

For Immediate Release
Teresa Propeck

Take Date Night Into the Wild – Summer Saturday Nights are Enchanting at Verde Canyon Railroad

Saturday nights are wild, tasty, rockin’ and rollin’ within these red rock canyon walls.   Impress that special someone with a date night into a rare Arizona, surrounded by dramatic sunset skies, and sensory thrills around every curve of the canyon. Saturdays makes the best date night! Hold hands over the trestle. Steal a kiss in the tunnel. The rise of the full moon is the cue to turn up the bass and lift your head and howl, just make sure you are in tune.  Paired with options of live music or wine tasting, Verde Canyon Railroad provides the perfect romantic adventure on the rails.

Rock formations take on the illusion of life and movement as the moon rise and the star shine transform the train’s route into an otherworldly dreamscape. The native creatures venture out into the cool night air, wondering about the new nighttime sounds coming from the train…is it joy? Laughter? Rock ‘n Roll? Our own senses heighten in anticipation for what the journey will reveal next.

Beginning in May and running on select Saturday evenings through September, Verde Canyon Railroad now offers double the number of its popular Saturday night rides, departing the depot during the cooler temperatures of late afternoon and traveling the train’s historic route through sunset and twilight, 5:30pm-9:30pm. As the sun begins to set against a scenic Arizona backdrop, an amazing show of color transforms the canyon and skies. At twilight, visitors may get a rare glimpse of animals foraging in their natural habitat as silent cliff walls stir with the calls and cries of native wildlife. Starlight rides are scheduled nearest the dark skies of the new moon when the cosmos is at its most magnificently visible. Rhythm on the Rails events are scheduled closest to the full moon, brightly illuminating this wild western canyon during the train’s return.

The rhythm of the rails and the “clickety-clack” of steel wheels on iron track makes for perfect percussion to accompany live music amidst wild Arizona scenery. Back by popular demand, Rhythm on the Rails, featuring several distinct musical groups performing live music, rotating throughout each historic train car on moonlit nights, May 29th, June 26th, July 24th, August 21st and September 18th. This special event features a series of live concerts on board the train, a selection of musical interludes throughout the journey, winding its way through scenic southwestern sunset. First introduced in April 2012 to rave reviews, Rhythm on the Rails is an event that has been requested for years, and Verde Canyon Railroad is pleased to announce its return. Rhythm on the Rails tickets are $125 per person.

One of Verde Canyon Railroad’s most popular signature events since 2003, the Grape Train Escape, takes passengers on a journey through varied vintages and varietals while savoring the sunset wilderness of a rare riparian canyon. Each Grape Train features a different renowned wine regionRich with history, culture and adventure, wines from Chile inspire passion and stir the soul with their robust notes and spicy aromas on May 15th. June 12th brings the Grape Train back stateside to the Pacific Northwest and the wines of Washington State.  The wines of Argentina inflame the passion for adventure on July 10th. A swing “down under” to the wines of Australia on August 21st shares the boisterous and dynamic selections of this spirited nation.

The grand finale of the Grape Train Escape on September 4th returns us to our own neighborhood, and the prized wines of Arizona’s Verde Valley, its notes nurtured in our area terroir. The Grape Train Escape is an event upgrade to classic First Class and features a flight of tastes and accompanying appetizers to complement each selection during the Starlight journey for $139 per person.

Verde Canyon Railroad is an escape from the ordinary, a romantic date night like no other.  The depot is in Clarkdale, 25 minutes from Sedona and two hours north of Phoenix, making Verde Canyon Railroad the perfect Arizona adventure. Call 800-293-7245 or book online at


It’s not the destination, it’s the date night journey.

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