SOURCE: Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad

September 13, 2010 08:00 ET

The Colors of Fall Decorate Verde Canyon

CLARKDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  Autumn in Arizona can be elusive. While lowland deserts and pine-clad mountains display few of the wonders of the season, there are hidden places like Verde Canyon where autumn erupts in a glorious, soul-waking spectacle. That dazzling drama is what makes Verde Canyon Railroad's Fall Colors Tour one of the most popular excursions of the year. 

Passengers are treated to the high-walled canyon painted in an array of autumn hues that shimmer and change around every curve in the track. October and November bring crisp nights followed by warm sunny days beneath a sky achingly and endlessly blue. Climate-controlled cars feature plush seating and panoramic windows but most passengers choose to spill onto the open-air viewing cars to revel in the kaleidoscope of colors.

Residents of the Verde Canyon, as well as visitors, feel the seasonal change. Wildlife sightings increase as deer, Javelina, coyote and other species grow more active and migratory birds return to the pristine sanctuary.

Hues of amber and gold are not only found among autumn leaves but also flowing from a tap as the Verde Canyon Railroad celebrates Ales on Rails every Saturday and Sunday during October. In a delicious tribute to Oktoberfest, the best Southwestern breweries serve up their handcrafted beers at the depot prior to departure and onboard the train.

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 Sunday, October 31st 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.

For those looking to continue the day's fun, mosey over to the Blazin' M Ranch in nearby Cottonwood for a Wild West Adventure and a hearty campfire meal dished up with plenty of music and comedy. Reservations for this Wild West experience can be made at the same time as train reservations.

The Verde Canyon Railroad depot is located in Clarkdale, Arizona, 25 minutes from Sedona and two hours north of Phoenix. To make reservations call 800-293-7245 or visit www.verdecanyonrr.com.

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