There is an old saying,

"God created the Grand Canyon, but he lives in Sedona."

One trip to Sedona and you know it has to be true.

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Take A Train Ride While In Sedona

While you are in Sedona you might want to consider taking a train ride on the Verde Canyon, Rail Road Train. 23 miles and 37 minutes away, South West of Sedona you can jump aboard the train and let it take you back into time.

The trip is an experience you will not want to miss. You will enjoy a 4 hour look into the unspoiled nature along the Verde Canyon.The railroad was originally built to haul copper ore from Jerome to the Clarkdale smelter. Jerome used to be a big mining town from the mid 1800's through the early 1900's.The smelters are all gone now, closed for good in 1953. However, the train remains. It was purchased and turned into a pleasure train beginning business on July 4th, 1997. You will be reminded of the mining days when you see the 40-acre man-made mountain and old power plant at the beginning of the trip. The slopes are stained green from the malachite ore.

You will also get to see a cliff dwellings built by the Sinagua Indians in the 12th century,an old ghost town, clear waters of the Verde River, You might even get to see a Bald Eagle nesting. We were able to see one along the cliffs as we rode past. That was a once in a life time thing to witness. You can also see Golden Eagles and red-tailed Hawks.

The Verde River which formed this canyon snakes alongside the tracks and provides water and soothing scenery to an otherwise dry land. All the train engines and cars are restored vintage machines and the ride takes about four hours. It is a leisurely pace with plenty of time to talk with fellow travelers or contemplate while watching the west slip by.

The train has panoramic windows, so you won't miss out on any of the things pointed out by the train's narrator. There are two classes of tickets, coach which is $39 adult; $24.95 child under 12; $35.95 senior over 65. There is a snack bar for you to munch on while you are riding and they do sell drinks. We chose Coach were seated on couches with a coffee table in front of us. We were quite comfortable.

First class is $59.95 for all riders. Coach has Pullman-style seating with two seats on either side of a center aisle. There is a snack bar. In first class, you will find living room-type seating and complimentary appetizers and beverage service.And for those passengers wishing to get closer with nature, try sitting in the open-air car. This is available all 4 seasons.

For more information you can call 1-800-293-7245 or visit their website in the links below.Also please note: the train does not run on Monday or Tuesday.

Click Here For The Verde Canyon Rail Road

Click Here For The Sedona Verde Valley Site

Click Here To Read More About The Train

Click Here For Another Article About The Train

Click Here For Yet Another Article

Jump Aboard the Verde Canyon Train, Let's Go!

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