Verde Canyon Railroad & Historic Jerome Tours from Phoenix

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Embark upon this tour of the Verde Valley, including Jerome and the Verde Canyon Railroad.

The Verde Valley was recently named a top 10 travel destination by Lonely Planet, so come enjoy a wonderful day of touring with DETOURS. Take a tour of the historic ghost town of Jerome, a tour of the Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale, as well as stunning views from your first class seat on the Verde Canyon Railroad (lunch is included).

This guided tour of the Verde Canyon Railroad and Jerome departs from the Phoenix/Scottsdale area on Wednesday and Saturday between 6:30am and 7:30am, and returns between 6:30pm and 7:30pm.

Packages start at $239

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TRAVEL INFO

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Departure Location:
Most hotels in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe area

Departure Days:
Wednesday and Saturday

Departure Time:
Between 6:30am and 7:30am

Return Time:
Between 6:30pm and 7:30pm

Transportation:
DETOURS custom touring vehicles are specifically designed for small groups with comfortable, individual captain’s chairs.

Cancellation Policy:
Tours canceled within 48 hours of departure will be charged in full.

Notes:
A minimum number of guests must be met for this tour. You may be booked on stand by until the tour is confirmed.

This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.

TOUR ITINERARY

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Departs: between 6:30am and 7:30am

Returns: between 6:30pm and 7:30pm

The day will begin with a pick up from most hotels in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. After hotel pick up, we will tour to the heart of the Verde Valley which was recently named a Top 10 travel destination by Lonely Planet.

Our first major tour stop will be the historic mining town of Jerome. Mining in Jerome started in the late 1800’s and over the course of its history has produced approximately 33 million tons of ore including copper and gold. During our time in this historic mining ghost town, we will explore the history that made it “the wickedest town in the West.”

After our Jerome tour, we’ll visit the copper mining mecca of Clarkdale and the Arizona Copper Art Museum. Using the original school house, the Arizona Copper Art Museum tour showcases more than 5,000 unique pieces dating back to 3500 BCE. During our time at this world class art museum, guests will explore both functional and artistic uses of this second oldest known metal on the planet. From the practical uses in home kitchen supplies and tools to the ornate works of art used to adorn palaces and castles, the wide uses of copper are nothing short of amazing!

From the Arizona Copper Art Museum, we will tour to the historic Verde Canyon Railroad for a chance to enjoy incredible views of the Verde Valley. The very first tracks were put down over 100 years ago to transport local workers and ore mined from the surrounding Jerome mountains and are still in use today. The unspoiled wilderness you will tour through is a scenic and historic treasure that has left people in awe since 1911. With stunning views of the Verde Valley from either your first class seats or your open-air viewing car, the casual elegance of the train allows guests to discover the heritage uniqueness of the landscape and its diverse ecosystem. From the stunning 1,800 foot tall red rock canyon walls as we get closer to Sedona to the consistently rippling waters of the Verde River, the scenery explored on this four hour journey is truly breathtaking. As they say, “it’s always a good day when you’re on a train.”

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Arizona Copper Art Museum Entrance Fee
  • First Class Seat on the Verde Canyon Railroad
  • Appetizers on the Verde Canyon Railroad
  • Lunch
  • Unlimited bottled water
  • All taxes

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Guide gratuities
  • Third party activities

TRAVEL TIPS

Temperatures at the Verde Canyon vary by season. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.

REAL REVIEWS FROM OUR GUESTS

  • Memorable experience and unique way to experience a portion of AZ! I was looking for a day trip that freed me up from driving all day to sightsee with my husband and 84 year old mother. The tour bus seated less than 20 and proved a comfortable, easy to access ride. We visited a unique copper museum with a tour just over an hour that will remain a surprising highlight of our trip. The train ride through the Verde Canyon was leisurely paced, provided a variety of fresh fruit and snacks and spectacular scenery. The guides on this trip were well informed, personable and of good humor. We would definitely book another tour with DETOURS of Arizona.

    Janelle W
  • Fantastic trip not to be missed . From the really interesting tour of the copper museum . The walkabout in Jerome mining town and the most awesome scenery on the verde canyon railroad trip . It really is a tour worth taking and an unexpected pleasure for us was having Montana our favourite tour guide from tours taken previously who kept us expertly informed with interesting facts ( and corny jokes ) the whole trip. Great trip with detours as usual

    cathyarcher Staines, United Kingdom

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FAQ

How long is the train ride?

The round trip train ride is approximately 4 hours long.

What is my pick up time?

Pick up times range from 6am-7am. We will contact you between 4-6pm the evening before the tour to confirm your exact pick up time.

What is the weather like?

These are all approximations, please check the weather prior to your tour. Winter temperatures range from 20-50 degrees fahrenheit. Spring and fall temperatures range from 50-80 degrees fahrenheit. Summer temperatures range from 80-100 degrees fahrenheit.

What should I wear?

We recommend closed-toed shoes year round. During the winter, we recommend layers, long pants, winter coats, gloves, and hats. During spring and fall, we recommend jackets.

What should I bring?

Weather appropriate clothing, camera, snacks, government issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

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