Summer Friday and Saturday Nights are Enchanting at Verde Canyon Railroad
Date 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 Friday and Saturday evenings through September, Verde Canyon Railroad now offers double the number of its popular 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. Moonlight rides offer a soft and reflective glow off the red rock canyon walls while the Starlight rides are scheduled nearest the dark skies of the new moon when the cosmos is at its most magnificently visible.
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 region.
Verde Canyon Railroad is an escape from the ordinary, a romantic date night like no other. It’s not the destination, it’s the date night journey.