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by Ira Kincaid
Henrico, North Carolina
August 26, 2005
From journal Red Rock Country, Arizona
White Plains, New York
January 11, 2005
The train takes a ride through the unspoiled natural Arizona forests and wilderness. The grass is green and the rocks formations are monstrous. We saw a variety of animals and even a bald eagle. The experience was beyond anything I have ever seen.
The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable - they pointed out various rock formations, wildlife, and cultural and historical sightings. Additionally, they provided a detailed history of the areas the train traveled through.
The ride is roughly 4 hours, and we thought that it was relaxing and definitely worth every penny.
Here is a web address with more information: http://www.verdecanyonrr.com
From journal Southern Arizona
July 10, 2003
The train departs the station and goes by the rather unsightly, but interesting remains of the mining activity in this area of Arizona. From there on, it becomes a beautiful excursion into a wild, primative area mostly accessable only by foot, packing in, or from the comfort of the railroad train. There are enclosed cars for inclement weather or for those who prefer not to be in the sun too much, as well as open air cars for the more adventurous. There is ability for the handicapped to take the trip as well.
As you get further into the canyon, the walls rise ever more steeply around you. Often, the wind and water has carved the rocks into natural formations that resemble turtles, frogs or eagles and have been so named by imaginative viewers. The river is often viewable with green gray and brown grasses or stands of green cottonwoods or aspens blazing yellow in the fall. There are several old adobe strucures built into the canyon walls by Mogollan, Hohokam or Anzazi peoples long ago. The train winds along through tunnels and over bridges with little sight of human habitation or intervetion for two and a half hours before turning around and heading back.
One might think it boring to see again what one has seen, but the canyon takes on new dimensionsand beauty as the sun moves acrooss the sky and sheds a whole new light on things. As shadows lengthen, the wild animals start to get hungry and look for food. One might see a pair of coyotes hunting for rabbits or other rodents, or deer feeding, or if really lucky a majestic bald eagle soaring or even just sitting and scanning for food. I have seen eagles in zoos, but whether above the Wisconsin River at home, or in the Verde Canyon of Arizona, the sight of these majestic symbols of freedom of our country is beyond belief. The second half of the trip seems to fly by.
Back at the station is a small museum and gift shop where one can purchase momentos and souveniers of the trip. It is a wonderful afternoon and goes year round.
From journal Seductive Sedona
April 11, 2003
The train cars are restored classics and are interspersed with covered, open flatbed cars (with benches) so you could ride inside and enjoy the view through the windows or step outside to get a bit closer to nature. (Going through the tunnel while outside was nifty.)
You have the option of purchasing a luncheon or buying snack food from a deli car. We chose the luncheon which was nice and included appetizers plus dessert. We were able to order wine from our server.
We loved this day- trip and would take it again.
From journal Red Rock Sedona
January 12, 2003
From journal Jerome, Arizona, a Town Reborn