SOURCE: Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad

July 27, 2012 14:04 ET

Autumn Splendor and Ales on Rails at Verde Canyon Railroad

CLARKDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - Jul 27, 2012) - It's a funny thing, the changing of seasons. Even the slightest variation in daytime temperatures and we are visiting pumpkin patches, planning harvest festivals and anxiously waiting for the official start of the fall season and its cooler days and brisk nights. It is during this time of year that Mother Nature offers passengers aboard Verde Canyon Railroad's Fall Colors Tour the rustle of vibrantly-colored leaves and the chance to breathe deep crisp, clean air. Fall is finally here and its splendor waits.

Here in the Verde Canyon, this season seems almost palatable. Brilliant orange, magenta, crimson and gold seem to fall from the sky as leaves turn, shimmer and gently drift to earth along the crystal blue-green waters of the Verde River. A look at the canyon walls and passengers see the many rock formations that have stood the test of time and stand guard over the indigenous flora and fauna below.

It is during this wondrous autumn adventure that Verde Canyon Railroad presents the 9th annual Ales on Rails.

What better way to enjoy a sunny October day than riding the rails enjoying ales from various Southwestern microbreweries? Beginning at 11 a.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, Verde Canyon Railroad invites a choice selection of Brewmeisters to purvey their best beers; rich-crafted ales, lagers, porters and stouts at the depot prior to departure and onboard the train during the excursion. These regionally brewed suds served on the covered picnic patio are accompanied by traditional favorites like brats, strudels and pretzels. 

Why trick-or-treat from door to door when you can ride a train and still score plenty of candy and prizes? The Haunted Halloween Express on Wednesday, October 31 brings out the playful ghoul in everyone. There's a costume contest held for the kids, and plenty of candy and ghost stories to go around. 

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

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