Where to RIDE TRAINS in Arizona
Kids love trains! And let’s face it — plenty of adults do, too. We’ve pulled together a list of places in Arizona when the whole family will enjoy riding the rails.
Grand Canyon Railway
1-800-THE-TRAIN (843-8724) • thetrain.com
Departs daily at 9:30am and travels 65 miles from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Year round. Seasonal: Pumpkin Patch, Polar Express.
Verde Canyon Railroad
800-582-7245 • verdecanyonrr.com
Year-round wilderness adventures from the old mining town of Clarkdale (just outside of Sedona) to the Perkinsville ghost ranch and back in a fully restored vintage train. Seasonal: Chocolate Lovers Train (Feb), Easter Bunny Express, National Train Day (May), Eagle Watch and Santa Claus Express (Dec).
Desert Breeze Park
660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. East, Chandler
480-893-6652 • desertbreezerr.com
Desert Breeze Railroad’s replica Sante Fe-style engine pulls open-air coaches and a red caboose on a three-quarter-mile tour of the park. Weekends, Labor Day through Memorial Day.
Enchanted Island Amusement Park
1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix
602-254-1200 • enchantedisland.com
A seven-minute tour of the island on a one-third-scale replica of C.P. Huntington train.
1021 E. Juniper Ave., Gilbert
480-632-2702 • freestonerr.com
Freestone Railroad’s miniature 1880s replica engine pulls covered coaches and open-air cars around the park on a three-quarter-mile track. Runs weekends from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
Goldfield Ghost Town
4650 N. Mammoth Mine Road, Goldfield
480-983-0333 • goldfieldghosttown.com
The Superstition Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad’s 36-inch gauge train has a Plymouth diesel pulling a passenger car and a caboose along 20-minute, narrated journey around a mile and a half of track. Departs every 35 minutes.
Maricopa Live Steamers Railroad Heritage Preservation Society
22822 N. 43rd Ave., Phoenix • maricopalivesteamers.com
Adobe Western Railroad offers free rides (donations appreciated) on four different 30-minute routes each Sunday from noon to 4:30pm Labor Day through Memorial Day.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
480-312-2312 • therailroadpark.com
Ride the 5/12 scale Paradise & Pacific Railroad around the 30-acre park. Rail clubs offer free rides on even smaller trains during the weekend.
Old Tucson Studios
201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson
520-883-0100 • oldtucson.com
A C.P. Huntington Train takes guests on an excursion through the Arizona Sonora Desert.
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass
5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler
480-502-5600 • rawhide.com
The Rawhide Express is a scenic desert train ride on a red and black C.P. Huntington (No. 43) within an Old West replica town.
Trail Dust Town
6541 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson
520-296-4551 • traildusttown.com
Operates a miniature C.P. Huntington Railroad through this Western-theme commercial complex. Runs 4:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park
623-935-WILD (9453) • wildlifeworld.com
African Safari Train is a 5/8-mile narrated ride through the simulated plains of Africa with views of endangered antelope, gazelles, ostriches and more.
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