Clarkdale, AZ–(Newswire.com)–Brisk high desert air and eagles soaring high send thrilling chills and inspire warm hugs aboard an open-air viewing car. Hot chocolate in a festively appointed, cozy first-class car paints a rosy glow on cheeks. Mistletoe growing wild in ancient Cottonwood trees encourage the perfect excuse to steal a kiss. Winter is magical in the pristine Arizona wilderness of Verde Canyon Railroad. For those seeking an outside-the-box holiday gift this year, why not put a real train under the tree this Christmas? A gift card to ride the rails is a unique treat that promises anticipation, excitement and lifelong memories. Verde Canyon Railroad gift cards may be used for train tickets during any season, as well as at the depot gift shop and café. Passengers aboard the historic Verde Canyon Railroad savor red rock scenery and raw beauty of this rare riparian wonderland. For those seeking a rare, matchless Christmas or New Year’s party experience, an adventure aboard Verde Canyon Railroad provides that one-of-a-kind celebration your guests will talk about for years. With custom food and beverage options available, private seating, as well as open-air viewing cars for parties from 6 to 200 guests, Verde Canyon Railroad offers the ideal celebration of the season. On December 31st Verde Canyon Railroad celebrates a daytime “Family New Year” trip, sharing party hats and noisemakers with all riding the year’s final train. From December through February, unfettered by foliage, Verde Canyon’s magnificent bone structure is on full display. Winter is prime time to witness raptors along the rails as resident eagles and hawks are joined by their migrating feathered friends enjoying a mild seasonal respite in Arizona. Real rails, real people and a real adventure make Verde Canyon Railroad a feast for each of the senses. The historic rail line was once a treasured connection between the booming copper mines of Jerome and distant civilization. Today, two million passengers later, the train continues to rumble into this same, untouched terrain where resident raptors soar from the edges of deep red cliffs, and the perennially-flowing water of the Verde River weaves an awe-inspiring path through the high desert. Advance reservations for Verde Canyon Railroad are always recommended. A stone’s throw from the hillside mining town of Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad’s Clarkdale depot is in the heart of the Verde Valley, a diverse crossroads featuring amazing adventures in every direction. Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona day trip. Reservations may be made at http://www.verdecanyonrr.com or at 800.293.7245.