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Verde Canyon Railroad, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 40.05 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,460 feet
Elevation Gain 394 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,449 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 47.3
Interest Ruins, Historic & Perennial Creek
Dogs not allowed
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13  2014-01-25 trekkin_gecko
22  2012-10-06 The_Eagle
11  2012-05-27 John9L
29  2011-10-29 rwstorm
25  2011-08-21 TheNaviG8R
20  2010-10-03 paulhubbard
13  2009-10-31 trailzrus
21  2009-05-07 Randal_Schulhaus
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The railroads of north-central Arizona were all built to support Arizona's richest copper mine, located in Jerome. The first rail line, the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad, was completed in 1882, connecting Jerome to Ashfork.

The Verde Canyon Railroad (formerly the Verde Valley Railroad, operated by the Santa Fe, Prescott, and Phoenix Railroad) was financed by Senator William A. Clark for a hefty $1.3 million. A miracle of engineering, the 38-mile line was built in just one year, from 1911 to 1912. It took 250 men using 200 mules, picks and shovels, and lots of Dupont black powder explosives to lay these rails. Today, the same railroad would cost over $38 million.

The smelter, which initiated the construction of the town of Clarkdale, named after Senator Clark, was located just below the Jerome mines. Used until 1952, the smelter had its final 400-foot high stack blown in 1962, signaling the end of an era and industry on which a community had been built and prospered.

Passenger service resumed in November 1990. A 4-hour ride on Verde Canyon Railroad's historic route from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back features native flora and fauna, ancient Indian ruins, red rock pinnacles, and a 680-ft. human-made tunnel. Trains depart year-round. Call 1-800-293-7245 for more information.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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