Verde Canyon Railroad
Tuzigoot National Monument
Atop a ridge due east of Clarkdale, Tuzigoot National Monument – a Sinaguan pueblo like nearby Montezuma Castle – is believed to have...
This tasting room is a lovely place to get to grips with Verde Valley viticulture. It offers skewers of shrimp with lemon-pepper and...
Pillsbury Wine Company
If you're not in the mood for a full flight at this friendly tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood, there's always the $5 glasses of wine,...
Burning Tree Cellars
Boutique, small-batch Arizona wines are the focus of this stylish, welcoming tasting room. Come on Friday or Saturday for live music.
Blazin' M Ranch
Near Dead Horse Ranch State Park, here you can yee-haw with the rest of them at chuckwagon suppers – in the dinner barn – paired with...
300 N Broadway, Clarkdale · interesting places nearby
Verde Canyon Railroad information
From Clarkdale, four miles northwest of Cottonwood, vintage FP7 engines pull climate-controlled cabooses on leisurely four-hour narrated round-trips into the splendid canyon north of Cottonwood Pass. Trains leave at 1pm (and sometimes 9am and 2:30pm), but days of the week vary. Check the schedule online and make reservations.
Traveling through roadless wilderness you'll see red-rock cliffs, riparian woodlands, American Indian sites and wildlife (including, from December to April, bald eagles) – views that even surpass that of the Grand Canyon Railway.
The turnaround point is Perkinsville, a remote ranch where scenes from How the West Was Won (1962) were filmed. The train returns the way it came, over bridges and trestles.