Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Arriving at the Verde Canyon Railway for our trip today...

We are seated in the Scottsdale car, First Class, no coach today!

The scenery starts out a bit slow...

Traveling alongside the Verde River...

Took a shot of the caboose from one of the open doors...

Larry looks upset that he can't have any of my 'Blue Sky'...

Wow, the scenery is getting awfully pretty now!

A nice shot of the river...

Lots of cacti along our route as well as many different varieties...

We are having a great time!

That's Larry's arm, Tecate in hand, pointing out the beautiful scenery...

And this would be turtle rock, right in the middle, can you...

It continues to stay beautiful out here, can't get this view from...

A good shot of our engine as we round the bend...

Our engine is heading back to hook up to the caboose for...

And this is where Debbie Reynolds did her jig in 'How The...

Getting ready to enter the 680 foot tunnel I mentioned earlier, whew,...

Very rocky in this area...

I liked this shot of the engine, you can barely tell we're...

Meet Vicki and Eric, a nice couple from New York, we enjoyed...

I'm still enjoying the river...

Did you notice the open air cars? We could meander back and...

The scenery is changing rapidly as we approach our return...

But still lovely to behold!

Almost there, hope you enjoyed the ride!


We arrived at the Verde Canyon Railway station around noon and picked up our tickets at the depot as instructed. I browsed around the gift shop a bit. They had some very nice items, reasonably priced, but I managed to resist. We purchased tickets in the First-Class section for today's journey, and I didn't want to push my luck!

After boarding our car, the Scottsdale, we were soon on our way traveling along the Verde River. We were served a choice of either champagne or sparkling apple cider for a toast at our departure. Our server for today, Debbie, was very personable, informative and friendly.

It was also her job to seat us as we boarded. She seated us at a small table, while the larger groups had comfy couches - maybe a bit more comfortable than our chairs, but not nearly the views. The views were all on our side, both going out and coming back. I felt a bit guilty as I was gone from my seat more than I was in it! I finally offered to share it while gone to our neighbors. They gratefully accepted. There was just so much to see and too many pics to take to sit still for long!

A short time into our ride, a buffet with wings, sub sandwiches, Caesar salad, veggie trays, and cheese & crackers was set up for our enjoyment. The little brownie bites provided for dessert were to die for! There was also a menu of specialty drinks and I decided to try a 'Blue Sky'. Delicious! Larry stuck with the daily special, Tecate beer. Apparently they had lots left over from Cinco de Mayo and they were trying to move them! Yuck, not my cup of tea...

The scenery was amazing and got prettier and more interesting as we railed along. We enjoyed watching the train as it wound our way through the countryside. Points of interest included turtle rock, eagles nests and of course the Verde (Green) River. After we went through a 680-foot tunnel, we eventually crossed a steel bridge going into Perkinsville, our destination after 20 miles or so of travel. There was a small delapitated building and platform, and hostess Debbie shared the fact that Debbie Reynolds danced on that very platform in the movie 'How The West Was Won'. I had to have a pic of course!

At Perkinsville, the engine detached, went to the back of the train and attached to the caboose for the return trip. They sold ice cream sandwiches while we waited, but we were still quite full after indulging in the buffet, so we passed. If you know Larry, you know that is amazing!

It was quite subdued on the trip back. Most people were pretty much done in by all of the food and alcohol. Several were taking naps on the couches. We enjoyed chatting with the folks seated across from us. A nice young couple, Vicki and Eric, and Eric's father. The kids are visiting from New York. They had a two hour ride back to the Phoenix area when we arrived back at the station. Whew, I don't envy them that drive! Time for a nap....

I must say, we found The Verde Canyon Railroad a relaxing way to see some unspoiled and otherwise inaccessible areas of Arizona. For us, the 4 hour timing of this ride was perfect. Not too long, not too short. We highly recommend it. One of the neatest things we've done in some time!



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