Arizona Canyon Moon: Exploring the Verde Valley

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Moonrise in Verde Valley: Mike in Tucson, Arizona Mortgage Lender

~ Verde Valley Canyon Moon ~

Somewhere between Clarkdale and Perkinsville, AZ

You can drive from Clarkdale, Arizona to the old mining ghost-town of Perkinsville in an hour and twenty minutes, but why would you?  The canyons of Arizona make you want to pull over on the side of the road, get out and explore, preferably with your camera.

Google map of Clarkdale AZ and nearby towns: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderSpectacular scenery draws visitors from around the globe to the old mining towns of Clarkdale, Jerome and Cottonwood.  Look on the map, and you'll find this area is southwest of one Arizona's better known destinations, Sedona.

Sedona REALTOR (and AR member) Phil DiPasquale says it's only about 20 miles from Sedona, and he may be able to find you a mountain cabin in this magnificent area of Arizona.

But I digress... 

The best way to see the Verde Canyon for the first time is by train.  It's a lesiurely four hour excursion on the Verde Canyon Railroad beginning in Clarkdale.  For two hours, you'll follow the green line on the map below, seated in the comfort of restored Pullman cars, taking in the awesome beauty that is this part of Arizona.  (Click the active link to see the Verde Canyon Railroad's website.  You'll be glad you did.)

My next trip will be this spring, and I'll drive the switchback road you see on the map below.  You can bet I'll have my camera with me!

Clarkdale to Perkinsville: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender


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Comments (15)

Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  I might have to call Phil - what a beautiful place this would be to live! -- Gab

Jan 14, 2011 11:12 PM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning my friend,

You always give a good history of your corner of the globe.  The photo says it all what a place to live and explore.

Jan 15, 2011 12:09 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


Your posts about the area and your photos and maps that you use make me want to spend time in those places.  You are the local expert!

Jan 15, 2011 12:10 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

The train ride sounds like a wonderful way to see the area and your photo of the moon is amazing!

Jan 15, 2011 02:08 AM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Mike--Great profile of the area! Makes me really want to visit. I absolutely love the photo of the moon over the mountain too!

Jan 15, 2011 05:03 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


You will enjoy visiting.  I guarantee it.


I'm glad you like it.  Check out the link to the Verde Canyon Railroad.


Yes I am!  LOL


You'll want to come visit.  Give me a call.


Thanks for being the first to comment!

Jan 15, 2011 06:14 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Mike - I love that photo of the moon, it is really fantastic! thanks for sharing!

Jan 15, 2011 11:06 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Mike!

wow, that photos is amazing :) Thank you for sharing..I need to revisit Arizona, the last place I went to was Sedona..amazing time :)

Jan 15, 2011 12:09 PM
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

The train through Verde Valley is adventurous.  Hiking the Verde is an awesome experience.  Your pictures are phenomenal!

Jan 15, 2011 04:05 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Aren't we blessed to live in this corner of the world?


This is only 20 minutes from where you visited in Sedona; come back soon!


You're welcome!  Thanks for your encouragement.

Mike in Tucson

Jan 15, 2011 09:18 PM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

That's a great picture, Mike. The train ride sounds wonderful--we love trains.

Jan 15, 2011 11:09 PM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT


Luckily, the tree at the top is preventing the moon from rolling down into the canyon!   :) 

Great photo and it sure looks like a great place to hike and enjoy the scenery. 

Jan 16, 2011 03:12 AM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

WOW! Perfect timing!

Though I love it lush and green I am stiil captivated by the stark beauty of your part of the world and enjoy the fact we are both huge fans of the outdoors!

Jan 16, 2011 03:43 AM
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

My hubby and I have taken all the train trips here in CO, it sounds like we need to branch out into AZ next. I suppose you'd say it's worth the drive, and the cost of lodging?

Jan 25, 2011 05:31 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Yes you do!  We have kids and grandkids near Denver, and it's a beautiful drive.  You'll be glad you made the decision to do it.


We are, aren't we?  Arizonans come to appreciate the fifty different shades of green.  Come visit!


It's a good thing that tree was there!


You really do want to ride the rails of the Verde Canyon Railroad!

Mike in Tucson

Jan 27, 2011 02:08 AM