From now through the end of April, the annual Eagle Watch season is on at Verde Canyon Railroad. Whether you choose coach or first-class seating, adjacent open-air viewing cars offer the best eagle-spotting opportunities.
Verde Canyon Railroad’s Eagle Watch is more than just an excursion train. It’s more than an expedition filled with scenic wonders, more than a stress-free escape. It’s a journey to the very heart of America. Searching for the ultimate American symbol while riding on a treasured symbol of freedom makes for a stirring, memorable adventure. These are the experiences meant to be shared with family and friends.
It’s easy to understand how Verde Canyon Railroad earned the reputation as Arizona’s longest-running nature show when these majestic birds are headlining. With wingspans stretching to six feet, they carve lazy circles out of a sky as brilliant and red, white, and blue as a Hank Williams song. The aerial display of eagles wafting overhead riding thermals of air or engaged in breathtaking courting rituals captivates passengers and crew alike.
Verde Canyon is a protected breeding area closed to the public during breeding season. Only this Railroad provides the exceptional opportunity to view these extraordinary animals in their natural habitat. Almost nowhere else are humans privy to such an up-close exhibition of these splendid, albeit shy, creatures. The eagles pay no mind as the slow rolling train clickety-clacks its way to Perkinsville and back.
The event is called Eagle Watch but the Verde Canyon offers a warm weather respite to countless other migrating birds. The outdoor viewing cars, accessible from both first-class and coach accommodations, are the perfect venue to bird watch in Arizona’s most scenic winterscape. And, while the rail cars maintain their vintage style, they’ve each been upgraded to provide passengers with a thoroughly modern level of sophisticated comfort and service.
The Verde Canyon Railroad is located in Clarkdale, only 25 minutes from Sedona and just two hours north of Phoenix, making Verde Canyon Railroad the perfect Arizona day trip! To see the full train schedule for the Verde Canyon Railroad click here. For more information please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.