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Itinerary Series: Rails to Trails

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

In this "Itinerary Series: Rails to Trails," we've crafted an exciting two-day adventure that showcases the best of Clarkdale. Let's embark on a journey that combines a scenic train ride, hiking amidst natural beauty, and delightful wine tastings!

Day 1: Verde Canyon Railroad Sightseeing and Wine Tasting Extravaganza

Invigorate all your senses on the Verde Canyon Railroad open-air viewing cars!

Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Begin your Clarkdale adventure in the afternoon with a train ride aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad. Marvel at the majestic red rocks and the Verde River as the vintage train takes you on a journey through the breathtaking Verde Canyon. It's a sensory delight, and a perfect introduction to the beauty of the region. Not to mention it is the perfect time of year to take advantage of the open air cars and do some serious leaf peeping! You will want to schedule and book your train tickets ahead of time. At the time of booking you can choose to add a lunch to make your ride even more enjoyable.

Tasting room at Chateau Tumbleweed

Evening: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

After the train ride, head over to Clarkdale's renowned tasting rooms - Bodega Pierce and Chateau Tumbleweed. Immerse yourself in the local wine scene as you sample a variety of exquisite wines. Each sip tells a story of the region's unique terroir and winemaking expertise. The delightful wines will set the perfect tone for your evening.

Sidewalk scene at Smelter Town Brewery which the Park Hotel sits above.

Night: Stay at the Historic Park Hotel

Complete your day by checking into the historic Park Hotel in downtown Clarkdale. Experience the charm and elegance of this iconic landmark, adding a touch of nostalgia to your Clarkdale adventure. Unwind downstairs at the Smelter Town Brewery for a locally brewed nightcap. Rest and rejuvenate for an exciting day ahead.

Day 2: Hiking and Wine Tasting

Park in the back parking lot of Yavapai College to find the trailhead.

Morning: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Head over to the the Blowout Wash Trail System by parking at the Yavapai College parking lot where you will find a trailhead. Kick off your second day with an invigorating hike on the Blowout Wash Trail System. Revel in the natural beauty as you traverse the diverse landscapes, showcasing the best of the Verde Valley's outdoors. The hike offers a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility.

Vineyards at the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College

Afternoon: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

After the hike, walk over to the Yavapai College Southwest Wine Center for a well-deserved wine tasting experience. Explore the nuances of local wines and expand your palate with a variety of tasteful creations. The wine center provides a relaxing atmosphere to unwind and relish the flavors of the Verde Valley. If your trip falls on a weekday check out the Yavapai College Greenhouse Café on the campus for a tasty lunch!

Clarkdale, Arizona, offers an exceptional blend of adventure, nature, and fine wines for every visitor. From the scenic Verde Canyon Railroad journey and wine tastings at Bodega Pierce and Chateau Tumbleweed on day one, to the exciting hike through the Blowout Wash Trail System and the wine tasting at Yavapai College Southwest Wine Center on day two, this itinerary promises an unforgettable journey through Clarkdale.

Immerse yourself in the allure of the rails, the trails, and the wines - Clarkdale invites you to discover the beauty and flavors of the Verde Valley!


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