I recently took some out-of-town guests on a special trip to the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale. The four-hour journey follows the Verde River through the Prescott National Forest and Coconino National Forest. From 1912 to 1988, the railroad linked the smelter at Clarkdale and copper mines at Jerome to the Santa Fe Railway.
Today, the train is purely for passengers to enjoy the trip from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back. Our first-class tickets included lovely seats, tasty appetizers and a glass of Champagne. There was also a full bar and complimentary water. You can sit inside the train or walk to an open-air deck and get a closer look at the towering red rocks, lush landscape and wildlife. As they say, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”.
all images courtesy of Verde Canyon Railroad