SOURCE: Verde Canyon Railroad

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February 15, 2010 18:38 ET

Spring Fling at the Verde Canyon Railroad Lucky Leprechaun, Easter Bunny and Cinco de Mayo

CLARKDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - February 15, 2010) - In the Verde Canyon Spring in Bloom dances to nature's choreography. Wildflowers sway in the breeze, the Verde River shimmers along the canyon floor, and new vegetation does a quickstep toward the sun against the backdrop of crimson rock cliffs. The Verde Canyon Railroad celebrates this light-hearted season with gala events on the four-hour, round-trip train ride from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back.

The Lucky Leprechaun Train is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17th. Raise a glass of beer to toast St. Paddy, let the lively background music set your feet a-jiggin' and order up traditional Irish fare of corned beef & cabbage. Irish eyes will be shining with merriment as the train rolls by a landscape as emerald as the Isle.

Hop aboard the Easter Bunny Express on Sunday, April 4th for a hippity-hopping good time with the whole family. Children's faces will wear 100-watt smiles while munching chocolate eggs and watching the twitchy-nosed Easter Bunny's antics. A jelly bean counting contest and keep-sake photo with "big ears" adds to the glee and excitement at the depot.

Arriba! The Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Wednesday, May 5th is as colorful as the rich heritage it celebrates. The music keeps toes tapping on the shaded patio while passengers enjoy a specialty drink and zesty Mexican lunch from the Copper Spike Café. Sip a margarita or nibble on complimentary hors d'oeuvres served in spacious first-class cars. Dance out onto the open-air cars for a breath of spring freshness and glimpse a soaring eagle in this incredible wilderness setting.

From February through June, the train leaves the station at 1:00 p.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m. every day except Tuesday. The Verde Canyon Railroad depot is located in Clarkdale, Arizona, 25 minutes from Sedona and two hours north of Phoenix.

Trains return at 5:00 p.m., just in time to continue the day's frolic with a guitar-strumming fine time at the Blazin' M Chuckwagon Dinner Show in nearby Cottonwood. Reservations for the Verde Canyon Railroad and Blazin' M Ranch may be made at the same time. Call 1-800-293-7245 or visit

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