Looking for a great day trip to the Verde Valley?  Why not head north for an evening of fun on the Verde Canyon Railroad?  Through the months of summer a special rail adventure takes visitors through the cool foliage and canyon sights of the Verde Valley.

This definitely classifies as an item for your short list of summer fun to do’s!  The short drive, the cooler northern temps and the exquisite star lit night of the Southwest move this adventure to the top of the list but you’ll need to reserve your tickets soon because you only have two remaining chances to experience the Saturday Starlight Train ride on either August 20 th or September 17th. 

Its’ only a 90 mile drive heading due north out of Phoenix and is easily found right off Interstate 17.  You can drive home or spend the night in either Prescott or Sedona since the town of Clarkdale is sandwiched in between these two historic towns offering an assortment of accommodations.

The train leaves from Clarkdale, a little town adjacent to its sister town, Cottonwood, named for her majestic Cottonwood trees.  Most people confuse the two and think they are one and the same.

This 4-hour vintage train excursion takes you on a twenty mile trip through the beautiful mountains and valleys of the high desert of Arizona.  Step back in time in an air-conditioned coach and leave behind the worries of today.

Whether your seat is in the exclusive private caboose car with cupola-seating with your very own private viewing deck while enjoying a premium bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres, in the limited seating firstclass passage with a free champagne toast, or in the traditional Pullman-style coach seating with snacks, its guaranteed that there’s not a bad seat in the house.

The little ones –and big ones at heart– will love stepping out into the open-air viewing cars to soak in the sight and the smells and maybe even spot some wildlife.

The train boards at 5:30 p.m. and returns back to the Verde Valley around 9:30 p.m.  To purchase tickets click here.

Don’t forget to bring water, sunscreen and your camera because the canyon at sunset is amazing!

All aboard!

Don Matheson
Realtor | Founder
The Matheson Team – RE/MAX Fine Properties
21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255