Verde Canyon Day Tour in Phoenix, AZ

8000 S Arizona Grand ParkwayPhoenix, AZ 85044
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DETOURS provides expert-guided tours in custom luxury vehicles through the Verde Valley. Explore the Verde Canyon Railroad, the ghost town of Jerome, and the Copper Art Museum in optimal comfort with experienced tour guides from a variety of backgrounds. Oversized windows allow guests picturesque views of the valley landscape and smaller tours are offered to ensure a personalized experience.

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Good To Know

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  • Hotel pick-up is provided from most hotels in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe area.
  • The tour lasts approximately 12 hours.
  • Minimum age is 2 years old.
  • Arizona state law does require children under 8 years to have either a child seat or booster. Child seats are not provided, please bring your own.


from Verde Canyon Day Tour
Tour to the heart of the Verde Valley, recently named a Top 10 travel destination by Lonely Planet, from the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Highlights of this day tour include the mining town of Jerome, the historic Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale, and stunning views from your first class seat and a delicious lunch at the Verde Canyon Railroad.

After the hotel pick ups, our first major tour stop will be the historic mining town of Jerome. Mining in Jerome started in the late 1800s and over the course of its history has produced approximately 33 million tons of ore including copper and gold. During our time in this historic mining ghost town, we will explore the history that made it “the wickedest town in the West.”

After our Jerome tour, we’ll visit the copper mining mecca of Clarkdale and the Arizona Copper Art Museum. Using the original schoolhouse, the Museum tour showcases more than 5,000 unique pieces dating back to 3500 BC. During our time at this world-class art museum, guests will explore both functional and artistic uses of this second-oldest known metal on the planet. From the functional uses in home kitchen supplies and tools throughout time to the ornate works of art used to adorn palaces and castles, the wide uses are nothing short of amazing!

From the Arizona Copper Art Museum, we will tour to the historic Verde Canyon Railroad for a chance to be a part of that history. The very first tracks were put down over 100 years ago to transport local workers and ore mined from the surrounding Jerome mountains and are still in use today.

The unspoiled wilderness you will tour through is a scenic and historic treasure that has left people in awe since 1911. With stunning views of the Verde Valley from either your first class seats or your open-air viewing car, the casual elegance of the train allows guests to discover the heritage uniqueness of the landscape and its diverse ecosystem. From the stunning 1,800-foot tall red rock canyon walls as we get closer to Sedona to the consistently rippling waters of the Verde River, the scenery explored on this four-hour journey is truly breathtaking. As it is said, “it’s always a good day when you’re on a train.”

  • Exploration and shopping in the historic mining town of Jerome

  • One hour tour of the new Arizona Copper Museum

  • Views of the Verde Canyon from your first-class seat or open-air car on the Verde Canyon railroad • Delicious lunch and appetizers at Verde Canyon Railroad

  • Arizona Copper Art Museum entrance fee

  • Lunch

  • First Class seat on Verde Canyon Railroad

  • Appetizers on the Verde Canyon Railroad

  • Unlimited bottled water

Departure Location
Most hotels in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe area

Departure Days
Wednesday and Saturday

Departure Time
Between 6:30 am and 7:30 am

Return Time
Between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Detours custom touring vehicles are specifically designed for small groups with comfortable, individual captain’s chairs.

Cancellation Policy
Tours canceled within 48 hours of departure will be charged in full.

A minimum number of guests must be met for this tour. You may be booked on stand by until the tour is confirmed.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Verde Canyon Day Tour

What are the hours of operation?
The tour departs Wednesday’s and Saturday’s between 6:30 am and 7:30 am and returns between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

What if my flight was canceled due to weather?
We’ll waive our cancelation policy for day tours if your flight was canceled due to weather.

How long is the tour?
The tour lasts 12 hours (approximately).

What can I bring?
We recommend no more than a day pack. A small pack with easy access to a wallet, camera, etc.

What should I wear?
We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.

Are any of your tour guides bilingual?
Yes! We have guides that speak Spanish, German and Japanese. Translators are also available in Italian, French, Chinese and Swedish.

Is smoking allowed on the trip?
All DETOURS vehicles are smoke-free.

Is transportation included?
Hotel pick-up is provided from most hotels in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe area.

What if I miss my pick-up?
We will work with you on the next day’s tour, if available; however additional fees may apply. Please call DETOURS of Arizona if you miss your pick-up.

When should I be ready for pick-up?
Pick-ups for this tour start at 6:00 am. We ask that you plan on being ready at the pick-up location 5-10 minutes early.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately, our vehicles were not designed to accommodate wheelchairs. Guests should be able to walk up 3 steps into the vehicle on their own with the help of a companion.

How much should I tip the guide?
A 20% tip is customary and graciously accepted.

Does my child need a car seat/booster seat?
Arizona law states that children under five must use a car seat. Children between ages 5 and 7 must use a booster seat unless they are 4 feet 9 inches tall. Once a child is 4 feet 9 inches or taller or 8 years old, they are no longer required to ride in a booster seat.

What’s included?
Included is an entrance fee for Arizona Copper Art Museum, First Class Seat on the Verde Canyon Railroad, Appetizers on the Verde Canyon Railroad, Lunch, and unlimited bottled water.

Can I bring my own snacks and drinks?
Yes, except for alcoholic beverages.

Are there charging ports for cell phones in the vehicle?
No, we recommend bringing a portable charger for your electronic devices.

Is there WiFi in the vehicle?
No, and during parts of the drive, there may be limited cell phone service.

Are there bathrooms in the vehicle?
No, but the guide will make multiple rest stops along the way, though, and can stop at the nearest rest stop at the request of a guest.