Bald Eagle Watch In Verde Canyon
Nesting Season in Full Swing
We have been on this Verde Canyon Railroad a couple of times. Each time the highlight of the trip was seeing the nest of a pair of Bald Eagles who make the Verde Canyon their home all year long. Many of the eagles make this area home during the winter months.
The only way to see this magnificent raptors up close is to take a train ride through the Verde Canyon. It is a a lot of fun and very entertaining. On one side of the train, there is the Verde River within the canyon. On the other side are the walls of the canyon. Baby bald eagles do not have that signature white head. It takes years in their development to gather that signature look.
During mating and nesting season, All the roads on the top of the mesa are blocked off during those 5 – 6 months. You cannot get near the next from that mesa. They even have a caretaker trailer near the trail that leads to the nest. The train has been traveling through the canyon for over 100 years and has never bothered the mating habits of the bald eagles.
History of the Verde Valley Railroad
The railroad was built in 1911 to carry copper ore from Jerome, which was the richest copper mine in Arizona. The ore was brought down the hill to the smelters in Clarkdale where the train off loaded near Drake AZ. for transportation out of the area. It took 250 men using 200 mules and lots of black powder to lay the ties and rails. Cost to build today would be $38 million. Clarkdale was named after Senator Clark and the town was built around that smelter which closed it’s doors in 1952.
The railroad itself is a 4 hour journey through a beautiful canyon with trestle bridges and a manmade 680 foot tunnel. There are open viewing cars that add to the enjoyment of the train experience.
More Information For Verde Canyon Railroad
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Seasons – Special Events – Pricing – Directions – and more.
Please Note: Check with Verde Canyon Railroad for any changes to scheduling, train departure, pricing, etc.
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