Clarkdale, AZ – Lying in the shadow of Jerome, Arizona, one of the most infamous ghost towns in America, is Verde Canyon Railroad. Jerome looms high above the valley perched ominously on top of a hill, like creepy old castles, mad scientist laboratories and haunted houses featured in countless bloodcurdling movies. Youngsters may be too focused on goodies to notice the imagery of the event as they scamper aboard Verde Canyon Railroad’s Haunted Halloween Express, but it will make their parents smile. Here’s the secret that Verde Canyon Railroad knows: There are no grownups on Halloween, just kids of assorted sizes. That’s why every Railroad employee, from the cooks in the Copper Spike Café to the conductor aboard the train, shows up in costume. So, on Monday, October 31, get an early start on Halloween fun aboard Verde Canyon Railroad.
There is magic in Halloween because it opens the door to a world of imagination and mystery. The same goes for trains. Put the two together, add a liberal dose of sweets and it’s no wonder that Haunted Halloween Express is so popular. The journey into the autumn-splashed canyon features a costume contest, spine-tingling tales and plenty of candy to satisfy a sweet tooth. Prizes are awarded for the best costumes in a variety of categories. It’s the perfect dress rehearsal for trick-or-treating later that evening.
As the train rumbles towards the ghost ranch of Perkinsville, we provide relaxation in climate-controlled comfort. A good diet should include something besides candy, so we lay out a lavish buffet for all first-class passengers. The quiet of the Canyon will let you listen for eerie whispers while passing ancient Sinagua cliff dwellings or long-abandoned copper mines. We encourage you to embrace the day with a lung-shattering scream as the train plunges into the depths of the 680-foot black tunnel.
Even if you can’t make the Haunted Halloween Express, the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Fall Colors Tour is an astonishing excursion. While brilliant autumn hues have long since faded in the mountain country, the Canyon remains vibrant from October well into November. The dazzling panorama from climate-controlled cars with expansive windows keeps you indoors, but most do what everyone else does and spill out onto open-air cars to soak in every colorful drop of the spectacle.
Verde Canyon Railroad runs every day except Tuesdays. The depot is located in Clarkdale, 25 minutes from Sedona and two hours north of Phoenix, making Verde Canyon Railroad the perfect Arizona day trip. For an overnight stay, ask about our Room, Ride and Meal Packages. Call 800-293-7245 or book online at verdecanyonrr.com.
It’s not the destination, it’s the journey!