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 at approximately 6:45am and returns at approximately 7:00pm.
Enjoy a Starlight train ride on Verde Canyon Railroad this summer! Verde Canyon Railroad tours operating on Saturday June 10th, July 8th, August 5th and September 9th will begin at 11am and return at approximately 11:30pm. The Verde Canyon Railroad Starlight train rides are a fantastic way to enjoy cooler temperatures and watch an amazing Arizona sunset. The Starlight rides are scheduled to coincide with the full moon so Verde Canyon is brightly lit even late into the trip.
Packages Start at $235
Most hotels in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe area
Wednesday and Saturday
DETOURS Custom Transport with individual leather captain’s chairs
Tours canceled within 48 hours of departure will be charged in full.
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.
Temperatures at the Verde Canyon vary by season. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.
Verde Canyon Railroad & Jerome Tour
Departs: approximately 6:45am
Returns: approximately 7:00pm
The day will begin with an approximate 6:45am 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 functional uses in home kitchen supplies and tools throughout time to the ornate works of art used to adorn palaces and castles, the wide uses are nothing short of amazing!
From the Arizona Copper Art Museum, we will tour to the historic Verde Canyon Railroad for a chance to be a part of that history. 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 it is said, “it’s always a good day when you’re on a train.”
Arizona Copper Art Museum entrance fee
First Class seat on Verde Canyon Railroad
Appetizers on the Verde Canyon Railroad
Unlimited bottled water
Third party activities