Ales on Rails During Fall Color Tours

A Seasonal Celebration at Verde Canyon Railroad.

Ales on Rails at Verde Canyon Railroad

What better season offers the perfect reason to savor the Arizona outdoors than Autumn? The cooling temperatures inspire the riparian foliage to mellow, filling the Verde Canyon with gold, amber, and scarlet. The ripened bronzing of the wilderness is echoed by rich Arizona craft beers served during Verde Canyon Railroad’s ever-popular Ales on Rails event every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 5th to the 29th.

The opportunity to savor these frothy delights will start each day at 11:00 a.m. on the depot patio with a great selection of Arizona craft beers, ranging from light and summery Kolsch to high-octane lagers and IPAs, from coppery-red and Scotch ales to dark stouts and chocolate porters. These Oktoberfest-style brews may have German roots but all are produced in Arizona breweries. The party continues on-board where beers may be purchased during the Fall Colors Tour, along with Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-label beers from Sedona’s Oak Creek Brewing Company. 

Ales on Rails features an optional lunch of grilled sausages, special-recipe potato salad and hot pretzels served with a variety of gourmet cheeses perfect for dipping.  All pair well with Arizona beers making it easy to find a winning combination.  

Passengers savor the rich flavors of harvest season, raising a Verde Canyon Railroad insignia glass full of ice-cold beer while drinking in the fine autumn scenery and wild beauty of the Canyon. Stepping outside from the comfortable interior coaches to an adjoining open-air viewing car is the best vantage point to take in the fresh air and vibrant foliage during this four-hour excursion near the remote Sycamore Wilderness, accessible only by rail.

Real rails, real people, and a real adventure make Verde Canyon Railroad a feast for each of the senses. The historic rail line was once a treasured connection between the booming copper mines of Jerome and distant civilization. Today, deemed an Arizona Treasure by the State of Arizona, passengers relax in plush comfort as the train rumbles into this same, untouched terrain where resident raptors soar from the edges of deep red cliffs, and the perennially-flowing water of the Verde River weaves an awe-inspiring path through the high desert.

Advance reservations for the Fall Color Tours aboard Verde Canyon Railroad are always recommended.  A stone’s throw from the hillside mining town of Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad’s Clarkdale depot is in the heart of the Verde Valley, a diverse crossroads featuring amazing adventures in every direction. Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona day trip.

​Reservations may be made at or at 800.293.7245.

It’s not the destination; it’s the Ales on Rails journey.

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Contact: Teresa Propeck                                                                               Reservations: 800-293-7245

Phone: 623-374-3185                                                                              

Source: Verde Canyon Railroad

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About Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad offers an unforgettable rail adventure following the curves of the Verde River 20 miles into a scenic Sedona-area wilderness accessible only by train. Luxurious amenities make this historic 4-hour journey a popular destination.

Verde Canyon Railroad
300 N Broadway
Clarkdale, AZ

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