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Ales on Rails

Ales on Rails

All Aboard for a day of Ales and rails! Enjoy beer tasting and lunch at the Ales on Rails Festival, followed by a four-hour train journey aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad, to places only accessible by rail.


All Aboard for a day of Ales and rails! Enjoy beer tasting and lunch at the Ales on Rails Festival, followed by a four-hour train journey aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad, to places only accessible by rail.

Verde Canyon Railroad

Since the first Verde Canyon Railroad excursion rolled out of Clarkdale more than 30 years ago, following a historic route completed in 1912, the Verde Canyon train has expanded in length, number of employees and amenities, but has never lost its commitment to preserving, protecting, and presenting to the world the rare red rock riparian wilderness it calls home.


Ales on Rails

Festival Prior to your journey, you will have the opportunity to sample a selection of beer and enjoy lunch on the patio at the Verde Canyon Railroad Depot. You can sip and savor from your souvenir beer tumbler. Once aboard, the celebration continues as you take in the scenery and enjoy time with friends and a champagne toast!


At The Depot

While enjoying the Ales on Rails Festival, you can take in the historic surroundings, learn about the Sedona area railroad history or stop by the gift shop. The Verde Canyon Railroad Depot is where the fun starts.


John Bell Museum

A stroll down the sidewalk bordering the outdoor dining area leads to the museum, a renovated boxcar packed with the interesting history of the train line, the Canyon and our neighboring communities all told through a collection of train memorabilia and historic artifacts spanning more than a century.


Aboard The Train

Tradition meets comfort and adventure. The 4-hour train tour offers outdoor viewing cars, food & alcohol service, and the ability to see places inaccessible without the train. See crimson cliffs, eagle nests, white water rapids, and abandoned gold mines.


FP7 locomotives

Two of only 10 remaining in North America, are the muscle that pulls the quarter-mile length of passenger cars. The classic iron horses, built in 1953 for the Alaska Railroad, debuted on Verde Canyon Railroad tracks on March 8, 1997. The meticulously-cared-for engines received a facelift in 2019 with an updated distinctive American bald eagle motif.


In The Canyon

The Verde Canyon features an abundance of native flora and fauna, rugged, highdesert rock faces, and spectacular vistas. You can see towering red rock buttes, steep ravines, bald eagles, and other wildlife viewing in one of the world's most beautiful canyons. Expect to be captivated by this untouched and unspoiled canyon.


A Message From Verde Canyon RR

"From the moment you step foot on one of our meticulously refurbished train cars, you and your family will be transported to a simpler, more leisurely time away from the distractions and annoyances of our modern world. Breathe deep, order a drink and relax as you glide along on a 4-hour, 20-mile journey through 110 years of history while still enjoying modern creature comforts like climate control, comfortable seating, thoughtful décor and awe-inspired scenery."



Day Excursion

All Aboard for a day of ales and rails! We’ll journey to Clarkdale, Arizona, home of the Verde Canyon Railroad Depot. There we will enjoy lunch and beer tasting at the Ales and Rails Festival, while taking in the views and amenities at the Depot. After lunch, we’ll board the Verde Canyon Railroad for a four-hour diesel train journey into the Verde Canyon, home to crimson cliffs, eagle nests, white water rapids and abandoned gold mines. Witness sights only accessible by rail.



What to Wear

Closed toe shoes & dress in layers


Average Temperature

Clarkdale, AZ (Verde Canyon Railroad)

October| 81 / 48°F


Activity Level 1

With low physical activity requirements (15-30 minutes of walking with little difficulty) at a leisurely pace, Level 1 is perfect for those who want to explore new destinations without feeling rushed. From comfortable coach transport to accessible walking routes, Level 1 takes the stress out of traveling without sacrificing an ounce of excitement. So go ahead and book your next trip – with Level 1, there’s no need to slow down!

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address
Bell Recreation Center Bell Recreation Center
16820 North 99th Ave. (Corner of 99th and Hutton)
Burger King Superstition Burger King Superstition
6820 East Superstition Springs Blvd, Mesa
Fords Travel SunCity West Fords Travel Sun City West
13593 West Camino Del Sol, Sun City West
Pebble Creek Pebble Creek (Eagle's Nest Parking Lot)
3645 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear AZ
Sun Lakes Cottonwood Sun Lakes Cottonwood
25630 Brentwood Drive, Sun Lakes AZ
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