SOURCE: Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad

August 06, 2012 18:44 ET

Dramatic Dark Skies Train Ride at Verde Canyon Railroad

CLARKDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - Aug 6, 2012) -  The popular Verde Canyon Railroad Saturday Starlight Tour is getting an extra dose of star power on Saturday, August 18, departing the station at 5 p.m.. The Verde Valley Astronomy Club will focus their telescopes on the heavens from the open-air cars aboard the special Dark Skies Constellation Ride.

"With the path of the train, miles from the lights of the nearest towns, the skies will be dark enough to see even some of the fainter constellations not seen from the city," says Verde Valley Astronomy Club President J.D. Maddie.

Each open air car will have a volunteer from the Club to unlock the secrets of the night sky. "As an astronomy club," says Maddie, "we enjoy 'bringing the universe down to Earth.'"

Historically, Saturday Starlight Tours have been scheduled to take advantage of the generous glow of a full moon. In contrast, the August 18 date was chosen for the velvety dark sky with no moon combined with the total absence of city lights. The stars will rule the skies.

Verde Canyon Railroad passengers also have two unique options for play during this enchanting evening ride:

The Grape Train Escape is a rolling wine-tasting adventure where a select winery will purvey their wine which we pair with delectable appetizers. Relax in the comfort of a first-class car or on an open-air viewing car to capture the true essence of Arizona outdoors... with a glass of wine in your hand. On August 18th, wines from South Africa will be highlighted.

The Tequila Sunset Limited pairs premium Arizona-grown tequila with festive Southwestern specialties and signature drinks. No drink exemplifies the rich and varied character of this region like tequila, harvested from the agave plant. The complexity of the spirit will unfurl across your taste buds as you marvel at the glittering canopy of heavenly bodies overhead.

Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona day-trip, or if you plan to stay over, ask about our Room, Ride and Meal packages. Other than Saturday Starlight Tours, trains depart at 1 p.m. and return at 5 p.m.. Reservations are highly recommended by calling 877.800.7313 or online at

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